BY REUVEN BLAU , ERIK BADIA , CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS , CORKY SIEMASZKO – NY Daily News
The worried mother of the yeshiva student who survived being attacked by a knife-wielding madman at the Lubavitcher headquarters in Brooklyn was reunited Wednesday with her battered boy, the Daily News reported.
Levi Rosenblatt’s mom thanked God for a “miracle” after she flew in from Israel.
“He told me he was okay,” Reizy Rosenblatt told The Daily News, as she recounted her telephone conversation with Levi right before she took off from Tel Aviv. “His head is in a little pain. He cannot understand the miracle.”
The mother of eight spoke with the News in the baggage claim area at Newark Liberty Airport moments after she landed.
Slightly hunched over and dressed in a beige sweater and black dress, Reizy said she was “shocked” and “lost herself” when she first heard about the attack.
She said she cried when she talked to her son on the phone.
But as she waited for her bags, the determined mom said she was anxious to get to Bellevue Hospital. She also appeared stumped when asked whether 22-year-old Levi would be safer back home in the contested West Bank, where they live in a Jewish settlement.
“I’m not sure,” she said. “The Rebbe said Israel is the safest country in the world. Also, in the Bible it says that.”
Rosenblatt was referring to the late Rebbe Menachem Schneerson, who is revered by the Chabad sect.
Levi’s 47-year-old uncle, Shmuel Gelbshtein, said the wounded scholar didn’t get, at first, why they were flying to New York City.
“He didn’t understand why we were coming,” the uncle said. “He was shocked. His mother hasn’t been here in 25 years. We caught the first flight.”
Shmuel Gelbshtein said the entire family was shaken when they learned Levi was stabbed at the Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters in Crown Heights.
“All over the world is dangerous,” he said. “We trust in God and pray (to make it through) each day safe.”