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lag b'omer

By Dr. Rafael Medoff

A Jewish British army chaplain describes the most remarkable Lag b’Omer experience in an article by Dr. Rafael Medoff, director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, published by Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

On the outskirts of Cairo, on a blistering hot afternoon in May 1942, British Army chaplain Rabbi Louis Rabinowitz ordered the driver of his military transport truck to pull over for a group of uniformed women who were hitchhiking.

“We want to go as far as the pyramids,” one of the women explained.

“Her accent betrays that she is not English, and instantly I realize that they are the Jewish Palestinian A.T.S. [volunteers in the British armed forces], the first Jewish Amazons in history!” the rabbi recalled in his memoir. “With a grin, I lapse into Hebrew.” (Imagine the women’s surprise!)

“I shall be very glad indeed to take you,” the rabbi said.

It would be the most remarkable Lag b’Omer he would ever experience.

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