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Walking Up 45 Flights On Shabbat: Being a Jew in Hong Kong


Hong Kong Girl at Kotel

After that revelation, my last month in Hong Kong was easier for me. I realized that when your only connection is Hashem, you cling with all your might. I was reminded of what we say before the Torah reading, “You who cling to Hashem, your God, you are all alive today.” It is only when we truly hold onto Hashem that were able to truly live.

And so the place in which I feared my ultimate failure became my most intense place of growth, because I held on to Hashem. Although I had strongly believed that I had to be in Israel to strengthen my values, my true growth happened in Hong Kong. Even when I thought I was falling, I was working on areas that never would have grown elsewhere.  For example, it was only in the ultimate galut of China that I was able to fully realize what some of us may never realize: how much we need to love every Jew. When you are seated at a Shabbat table with 20 other Jews from all over the world, it doesn’t matter what kippah they wear or where they daven or whether they even keep Shabbat. All that matters is for that one meal, you become a family. We were among the very few Jews observing Shabbat in Hong Kong. We were the walking Kiddush Hashem in China and by our presence, we were spreading the light of Torah.

About the Author: Liran Weizman is a senior at Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women. She is an intern in the OU's Department of Communications and Marketing.


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6 Responses to “Walking Up 45 Flights On Shabbat: Being a Jew in Hong Kong”

  1. gee
    a self-absorbed little girl learns that the whole world doesn't revolve around what works for her.

  2. Dan Silagi says:

    Shabbat isn't supposed to be a punishment; it's supposed to be a joyous occasion. Then again, I spend many a Shabbat working out on the Stairmaster, doing 70 floors. That's self-inflicted.

  3. Yechiel Baum says:

    There are several shuls and open homes in Hong Kong today accommodating 1000 of Jews EVERY Shabbat. Have you ever heard of Rabbi Moed?

  4. aryehsax says:

    Liran, Thank you for your story of devotion, it should be a light to others. Aryeh

  5. Molly Palmer says:

    How unkind of you, Mr Hoffman! She is just trying to grow into a responsible Jewish adult! Try encouragement instead of insult.

  6. And so WHAT..
    Beeing so amaze…looks like you're just came donw the Earth….

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