The following was shared on social media about Rabbi Shalom and Dinie Greenberg, Chabad Shluchim in Shanghai China:
My parents were at Chabad Shanghai for Shabbos, celebrating my mother’s birthday.
I emailed my parents’ friend to ask where I can purchase a kosher cake from in China. He emailed the Chabad Rabbi, otherwise known as Rabbi Greenberg, and within minutes he agreed to sort it out.
Meanwhile, I was browsing online and realized that there is no kosher bakery or anything of the sort in the local vicinity. I decided to whatsapp Rabbi Greenberg to clarify. He responded that they would make a cake, and print a letter that I had written for my mother for her to receive on Friday night.
HOLD THAT THOUGHT!
I knew this was an amazing, but I didn’t realise the extent how special yidden are.
Later on in the day I had an appointment with someone who wasn’t Jewish, during this time my phone was flashing and that’s when Rabbi Greenberg had shared that they themselves would be making the cake. Out loud I blurted, wow that’s incredible. The lady asked what I was referring to. I then tried to explain but the more I explained the crazier it sounded.
Our conversation went roughly like this;
Me: it’s my mother birthday so I wanted her to receive a cake, but she was in China and I was unsure of how to locate kosher food.
Lady: So how did you that?
Me: I kind of whatsapped a Rabbi in China and asked for ways of getting this to her.
Lady: Oh so how do you know him?
Me: I don’t. He actually doesn’t know me.
Lady: So why is he getting you a cake?
And there I was speechless. In my head, realising that this is a foreign concept to the world. We are blessed that we have ahavas yisroel and a deep connection to those around us, no matter where they are in the world or whether or not they know you.
Sometimes we take things [for] granted. But it’s amazing to see that someone from so to speak outside our circles is able to see the incredible chesed that continually takes place in our communities.
Me: so the answer is simple; it’s because we are Jewish.
Would like to say a huge thank you to Kevin & Rabbi Greenberg & his rebbetzin! May we all be blessed of appreciating what’s in front of us.
Thank you for making me realise how blessed I am to be your fellow Jew.