By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Moishe and Sara Feiglin, who lead the Aliya Institute for inreach in Crown Heights, were flying on Monday for a nephew’s Bar Mitzvah in Los Angeles, California.
Included in their itinerary was visiting the new location of Hittoreri, a Chabad-run recovery residence for men ages 18 to 30 in North Hollywood. The Feiglins also help teens in Brooklyn with addiction recovery.
But it seems like their mission already began en route…
Being a Lubavitch chossid, Moishe Feiglin walked up and down the aisles of the Virgin America flight from New York, searching for Jews to do a Mitzvah and put on Tefillin.
Upon concluding his rounds, Feiglin bumped into the flight attendant.
“Are you Jewish?” he asked.
“I’m Catholic,” the crew member replied.
He then added, “but my grandmother was actually Jewish.”
Feiglin said that, “everything moved pretty quickly from there.” An instant Bar Mitzvah was performed aboard the plane as the attendant put Tefillin on his arm and head and recited “Shemah Yisroel…”
“I could feel my heart opening,” he commented, and thanked the rabbi.