By COLlive reporter
An error by a visitor almost caused a fire in the holy gravesite of Rabbi Yisroel Baal Shem Tov (“Besht”) in the Ukranian town of Mezibush.
The incident happened over the weekend when hundreds of people from Israel and the world over traveled to Ukraine to mark the 199th yahrzeit of the Alter Rebbe.
After praying in the town of Haditch at the Ohel of the founder of Chabad-Lubavitch, many continued to Mezibush to spend Shabbos where the founder of Chassidism is buried.
One of the visitors, there for the first time and not familier with the chassidic customs, lit his personal note for blessing – “pan” instead of tearing it to pieces.
“He took out a match, lit the paper and then stuck it burning under the matzeiva (head stone),” a bystander said.
Maintenance workers, employed by the Oholei Tzadikim organization to preserve Jewish gravesites, quickly put out of the fire with a fire extinguisher.