Latest update: May 21st, 2012
It was a beautiful morning in May 1985 when I decided to take my tzedakah box to Lubavitch headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway. I did not know much about Chabad, and had to ask for directions.
Driving along Eastern Parkway, I encountered thousands of Lubavitcher chassidim. I finally managed to park my car on a side street.
As I started to walk, I asked a chassid, “Where is 770?”
He said, “four blocks ahead.”
I pushed my way through the crowd until I saw the building, and approached the three steps leading up to the front door of 770.
To my amazement, the Lubavitcher Rebbe was coming out of the building and facing me, looking directly into my eyes. I froze right there on the steps.
“What do I do now?” I wondered.
The Rebbe was walking toward me. I went backwards down the three steps. My left hand touched the gray Cadillac parked there, and I dropped my tzedakah box on the sidewalk. A young Lubavitcher chassid opened the front door of the car.
The Rebbe looked at me again and got into the car. I closed the car door, picked up my tzedakah box from the sidewalk, proceeded up the three steps again and ascended to the office on the second floor.
I could not believe what had just happened to me: meeting the Lubavitcher Rebbe face-to-face!
It must have been Divine Providence that I had come to 770 to drop off my tzedakah box.
Several years later, I told a fellow Lubavitcher chassid my story and he said, “You did not close the car door for the Rebbe. The Rebbe opened the door for you so that you could continue doing mitzvot and learning Torah until the arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu.
May it be soon!George Yosef Mordechai Gati
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