By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Shloime Greenwald, an entrepreneur and founder of the Kolel L’horaah Ma’asis in Crown Heights, was driving back home with a co-worker following a day of work in Delaware on Wednesday.
As they were crossing New Jersey, a state trooper pulled them over and said they were driving too fast for the right lane and should have been in the left lane instead.
“He asked us for my driver’s license and the car registration which we gave him,” Greenwald tells COLlive. “After looking at the names, he removed his facemask and asked, ‘do you recognize me?'”
Greenwald says he immediately did. “David Kohn? My classmate?!” Greenwald responded in amazement.
The state trooper answered in the affirmative that they indeed had learned together as children in the Hebrew Academy Orange County in Huntington Beach, California.
“We have been out of touch for 22 years,” Greenwald told COLlive.com. “We were very good friends until 8th grade. I used to go to his house for Shabbos and he would come to us. We shared great memories.”
Greenwald marveled at the divine providence of their meeting and immediately dialed his father Rabbi Peretz Greenwald who was their teacher in the Long Beach school.
“It’s good to hear from you,” Kohn was heard telling his teacher. “A freilichen Purim!”
Shloime Greenwald said the encounter, which ended without him getting a ticket, was both exciting and moving and that he exchanged numbers to keep in touch with his long-lost friend.