Close Call

Yikes! (click to enlarge)

The two Chabad guys who drove 7 hours from Brooklyn to read the megilla in rural Maine spent the night at our house, and planned to set out on their return trip to New York at 5:30 a.m. the next day, so they could make it in plenty of time for Shabbos. We said our (early a.m.!) goodbyes and went back inside the house, where I hoped to go back to sleep for an hour or two.  But about 2 minutes later my dog started barking, so I got out of bed to let him out and was met with quite a surprise.  Somehow the Chabadniks had “missed” the driveway and their rental car was now dangling precariously off the retaining wall, seemingly about to plunge about 8′ straight down.  The car was sitting on 3 wheels, with the fourth floating in midair.  We weren’t quite sure what to do!  The car couldn’t be pushed or easily extracted, and we ran the risk of it plunging down the abyss.  The boys took out the tire jack and propped up the car, my husband laid some wood planks down for traction, and miraculously, and I do mean miraculously, the car was able to back out of the mess and continue on its way.  I don’t know if they felt better or worse knowing that they were completely sober when this occurred.

Perhaps G-d took note of their mesirus nefesh [going the distance, (literally!) to perform a mitzvah] in coming to Maine to read the megillah, even if it was just for a handful of people.

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