Rabbi and Rebbetzin Pam
Rabbi Wales related:
“My father-in-law studied in Rav Pam’s shiur in Mesivta Torah Vodaas for several years back in the 1960s.
“When my wife’s older sister became engaged in the 1990s, my in-laws took my (future) sister-in-law and my (future) brother-in-law over to meet Rav and Rebbitzen Pam and receive their bracha and good wishes.
“What’s the most vivid memory they all have of that evening?
“It was October 31st. In contrast to the many Jewish homes around the Pams who had turned off their lights to discourage trick-or-treaters, the Pams left their front light on.
“While they all chatted with Rav Pam in the dining room, his Rebbitzen was in the kitchen working the hot-air popcorn popper and preparing plastic baggies of popcorn to give out with a smile to all the local non-Jewish kids who knocked at their door.
“They all left that night with numerous smiles, brachos, and best wishes from Rav Pam and his Rebbitzen - but what they all remember most is the powerful lesson the Pams taught them about interacting with their neighbors.”
4. Comment from Akiva Males
Time October 28, 2009 at 9:20 PM
Dear Matzav, my brother in law who was at Rav Pam’s home that night just emailed me to let me know this story is on your site.
Amazing how fast things spread these days. I have received a number of emails and phone calls asking me to confirm this story.
I don’t know what to make of the fact that so many people are so surprised by this incident.
Another quick incident: Last year my wife & I forgot to buy candy before Halloween. All we had was a ton of pareve chocolate “gelt” coins left over from the previous Chanukah which we put into a serving bowl.
When the doorbell would ring we said “Hi” to the local kids and offered them a chocolate.
The kids were puzzled - as chocolate “gelt” isn’t something they normally see.
One kid even remarked, “Woah! You’re giving out money?!”
All the best,