Four years in the past, Amos Oz struck up an unlikely friendship with the Chabad consultant to Rivne (Rovno), Ukraine. Oz’s mom, Fania Mussman, was from what had as soon as been a Polish city. The home that she had grown up in, described in Oz’s best promoting autobiographical novel, A Tale of Love and Darkness, had since become a tourist destination for Israeli followers and readers. Now the Rivne municipality needed to commemorate the Mussman household residence. Local authorities asked Rivne’s Chabad rabbi to collaborate with Oz’s kids on a textual content for the plaque of the landmark home. The author’s daughter, Fania Oz-Salzberger arrived from Israel to participate within the ceremony. Her father adopted the unveiling from Israel. Soon Oz would invite the Chabad consultant, himself an Israeli, to visit him in his Tel Aviv home. Despite their starkly antithetical orientations, a severe friendship developed via visits and weekly conversations of their native Hebrew. Because it occurs, Rivne’s Chabad consultant is named Shneur Zalman Schneerson.
The Rabbi Of Rivne With Amos Oz
This intrigued Amos Oz, whose second-grade instructor, one among Israel’s most well-known nationwide poets, was a primary cousin of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, and named Zelda Schneerson. “We known as her ‘Teacher Zelda’ and she was my old flame,” Oz wrote in a WhatsApp message to the Chabad rabbi. Over the 4 years of their friendship, the writer had taken a keen curiosity in Schneerson’s work to rebuild Jewish life and restore a conventional Jewish group expertise for Rivne’s Jews. Oz additionally stored up with Schneerson’s family, sending private notes on the births of his children and their birthdays, and regular Shabbat and holiday messages. Schneerson would go to Amos Oz at any time when he traveled to Israel. On considered one of his visits to the Oz house in Tel Aviv, he brought a new edition of The Tanya that he had simply printed in Rivne. “Amos buried his head between the pages of the Tanya, inhaling the scent of the contemporary ink,” recalls Schneerson. Not at all a religious Jew, Oz sometimes revealed a spiritual side. Over time, the writer seemed to take more of an interest in Jewish practices. “Four years ago, I had offered to say the Yizkor prayer for his mother and grandmother,” recalls Schneerson. This previous September, Schneerson brought his younger son, Levi Yitzchak, to Israel. “By then the most cancers treatments had weakened Amos, but he welcomed me with nice warmth,” recalls Schneerson. It was shortly before Rosh Hashana, and the Chabad consultant had introduced a shofar together with him. Schneerson will miss the rich conversations and the weekly exchanges of emails and chats. The unexpected friendship prompts some to ask him if Amos Oz had turn out to be religious at the top. “No,” says the Chabad rabbi. “But who’s to say?
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