By COLlive reporter
Camarillo, California Shliach Rabbi Yoey Muchnik found himself stuck in a massive traffic jam on Tuesday, after a crane collapsed on a New York city bridge.
Rabbi Muchnik and his brother Rabbi Dov Muchnik, a Shliach in Oxnard, California, were driving to the funeral of their grandmother, held Tuesday in New Jersey, when the crane hit the side of the Tappan Zee Bridge just ahead of them, and traffic came to a complete standstill for many hours.
“Thank G-d, they were unharmed, but they had no idea if they were going to make it to the funeral,” Rabbi Yoey Muchnik’s wife Shira Muchnik told COLlive.
“My husband then got out of the car and started doing rounds, going from car to car to either offer them to put on teffilin or telling them about the sheva Mitzvahs Bnei Noach,” Shira Muchnik said.
When they finally got to the funeral, the two brothers discovered they had missed the eulogies, but made it just in time for the burial.
“This is just what my grandmother would have wanted,” Yoey Muchnik told COLlive. “She wasn’t a talker but a ‘doer.’ She wouldn’t have wanted us to come all the way out to hear speeches, but rather to find another Jew and inspire them…”