It took a few days, and I was starting to get worried, but finally we have a miracle story to accompany the release of Gilad Shalit.
In short (full story here):
Last year Aviva Shalit received a dollar bill from the wife of a Jerusalem rabbi. This dollar bill was given to the rabbi’s wife by no other than the Lubavitcher Rebbe (who was in the habit of handing out dollar bills to those who visited him). The bill bore the Hebrew date, so the story goes, of 20 Tishrei 5751. Gilad Shalit was freed on 20 Tishrei 5772, exactly 21 years later. The very same day! A miracle indeed!
But as some of you may have guessed from the title of this post, there is something fishy about this story. Let’s take a look at the “miracle dollar bill”:
The handwritten note on the top of the bill says: “To Hanna Kantermann, 21 Tishrei 5751, Wednesday”. The word that is crossed out is Tuesday. A quick check will show that 21 Tishrei 5751 was indeed a Wednesday.
So it’s 21 Tishrei and not 20 Tishrei. Bummer.
Why spoil a good miracle story with the facts? That would not be in line with the best practices of Voodoo Judaism…