Just in case you ever wondered whether angels exist, here’s a story about an experience our friend Barry had back in 1979 that may provide some evidence. (It’s the kind of story you’re more likely to see on David Bogner’s site, but, well, I heard it first!)
Barry and his wife Malka lived in Tel Aviv back then, and they were on their way to Haifa to spend Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement - with family there. Back then, it was about a 90-minute drive... no big deal. No big deal, that is, until they got near Netanya, where the car started sputtering and blowing out huge clouds of steam. Barry pulled over to the shoulder of the road and waited for someone to come along and offer assistance.
The problem, of course, was that it was erev Yom Kippur, the eve of the most sacred day of the Jewish year. The road was deserted - in over an hour, the only car that passed by was a single taxicab, already laden to the gills with people trying to get to their destination before sundown. Barry and Malka were facing a long, hungry walk...
...when a lone car pulled over. The driver hopped out and asked what the problem was, then proceeded to look under the hood.
“It’s the fan belt. You got a spare fan belt?”
Barry looked at the man as though he had sprouted a second head. Who carries a spare fan belt around with them?
“Never mind. I’ve got an extra one.”
A few minutes later, the man poked his head out from under the hood and announced that the new fan belt was installed.
“It’s a little loose, but it ought to be OK as long as you keep it under 60. That should hold you until you can get it fixed after the holiday.”
With that, the man drove off.
Think about it, Esteemed Readers: Just before the onset of a major holiday, about the only car on the road stops to render assistance and the driver just happens to have the right part!
If you ask Barry whether angels exist, you know what answer he’s likely to give you.