For an entire week the weather forecast for Sunday, May 22, in Hong Kong was heavy rain and thunderstorms.
As the Lag BaOmer event was scheduled to be held in an open park, everyone wanted to know what was Plan B?
“There was none,” said Rabbi Mordechai and Goldie Avtzon.
On Sunday morning, as the rain continued to come down and the park called to say that they were flooded there was no choice. Plan B or not, the event could not go ahead as planned.
The community was informed that the event – minus the bonfire – would take place at Chabad of Hong Kong. While they expected a small crowd, over 200 people showed up and had an incredible time. The event included body zorbing, African drumming archery and BBQ and more.
What was most amazing is that it stopped raining in the area of Chabad from 3:00 – 10:00 p.m. while it continued to rain in other parts of Hong Kong, notes Rabbi Avtzon.
“This gave us just enough time to set up for the event which began at 4:00 and lasted until 9:00,” he said.
And just as the last table and chair were brought indoors the heavens opened up with torrential rains. Even the kitchen staff in Chabad came running into the office crying with the words “G-d is on our side!”
Photos by Mendy Avtzon and Itzik Eisenbach