Rabbi, Governor Pray for Healing

(October 3, 2017, 7:13 AM | Menachem Posner, CHABAD.ORG) 

Rabbi Levi Harlig led Gov. Brian Sandoval in prayer before a press conference on Monday following the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval

Using an English adaptation of the blessing for healing in the Amidah (“Silent Prayer”), Harlig led Sandoval in a short prayer. He was then asked to read the text again for the benefit of the reporters and public officials who were present.

As word began to spread about the shooting, the city’s rabbis were on high alert—ready to help and comfort those affected.

When Rabbi Harlig saw reports of a Jewish woman among the wounded, he began working his network trying to discover her identity.

He tracked down Natalie Grumet from San Dimas, Calif., who had been shot and was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital.

“As I entered the hospital, I saw the governor,” says Harlig, “but I was on a mission, so I continued walking. When we got to Natalie’s room, we met her family members. We sang Jewish songs together and tried to share words of hope.”

As rabbi exited the building, he noticed that the governor waiting to begin a press conference. He knew Sandoval from his attendance at Chabad’s annual menorah-lighting and other Jewish events, and ambled over to offer him their sympathies and assistance. READ THE FULL STORY AT CHABAD.ORG. 

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