Seeds of Kindness: How One Small Act Impacted the World

Anyone can count the seeds in one apple, but only God can count how many apples are in one seed.

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(9) Dr David V Kolnick, January 31, 2021 4:48 PM

Save one person and you save the world.

In 1996 a black man came to our shul in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and sat in the back row. He enjoyed the service but did not use a sidur. After his 4th visit I asked what he was doing in shul. He told me his story. His mother lived in Gondor, in Northern Ethiopia. His mother married out of the faith and was forced to leave to go to Addis Ababa, where he got an education, which he would not have received in Gondor. His father died when he was 14 . When Nelson Mandela opened the borders of South Africa to refugees, he told his mother that he was going there in order to go to Israel. His mother urged him to get back to his Jewish roots. He went to the Zionist Federation but was turned down because he had no proof of his Jewish roots. For two years he regularly attended Shabbat and chagim services at the Reform Temple in Hillbrow in Johannesburg. He then relocated to Port Elizabeth where I found him. I discovered that the easiest and quickest way to get him to Israel was to convert him to Judaism through the Reform. I contacted the Chief Rabbi of the Reform who agreed to convert him in 6 weeks provided that I would teach him everything he had to know. I took him off the streets and brought him to my office where I taught him after hours and between patients. With one week to go the Chief Rabbi contacted me to tell me that he could not allow the conversion but would grant him an interview. I did not tell Bruk, now Baruch, this, but told him to put his vast pages of notes including his study of Hebrew before the Rabbi. I had taught Baruch more than was required and he passed the interview with flying colours. Baruch arrived in Jerusalem on Yom Yerushalayim, went to an ulpan, served in the army and lives there with his wife and teenage son David. On a visit to Jerusalem with my mother and sister in 2008, I asked young David " Mi ani?" and he replied " saba " grandfather!" It was such a pleasure teaching Baruch, as he wanted to learn more and more

(8) Evelyn Marshak, November 27, 2019 5:56 PM

We need more stories about people helping people.

This story is such a contrast to what we see every day on TV and read in the newspapers. To think one act of kindness by a Jewish store owner decades before inspired the banker to give the group $500,000 to build a shul.
It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness has beren proven again.

(7) rashelika, June 25, 2019 9:55 PM

seeds in the apple

I so enjoyed this video about the seeds in an apple. It was a touching story to hear about the kindness long ago of a man named
Sam Bukovetsky in Canada. I will remember his name. You are a great storyteller and have a wonderful voice-just-as a suggestion if I may -just a little bit less expression/gestures would be better.and please put a few pauses and smiles into your video. Thank you.

(6) Angelica, August 12, 2018 2:04 AM

I absolutely love this.

(5) Ari, August 5, 2018 2:58 PM

Amazing story

Amazing story, My Rebbi told me this nearly 30 years ago. It was not only the community in Hamilton that was impacted. Rabbi Green then went on to impact a young man ( probably many more) who then went to Yeshiva, became a Rebbi and then a prominent principle of a large yeshiva who has since impacted Thousands of talmidim. I too and my children owe alot to Sam Bukovetsky. " Only G-d can count the apples in one seed...)

(4) Anonymous, August 5, 2018 8:24 AM

Wow, that was so beautiful.

Thank you for the story, and for reminding us that we never know... We never know the good that can come from a single act. Wow, you made me cry :-)

(3) Anonymous, August 4, 2018 6:36 PM

seeds of kindness

would be most appreciative if you have any information as to the source of this info./ story
sam bucovetsky was my father's brother, an uncle of mine
thank you

Ari, August 5, 2018 7:50 PM

Contact me

aargoldberg@yahoo.com

Anonymous, August 7, 2018 4:55 AM

That is unbelievable. Such an honor for us that you have watched this video about your uncle. He was a truly righteous man. This story is often told by Rabbi Daniel Green; the son of Rabbi Mordechai Green from the story. Rabbi Daniel Green, took over for his father as the Rabbi of Adas Israel Synagogue in Hamilton.

(2) Florence, July 31, 2018 11:09 PM

This was beautiful tribute to a wonderful giving person.

There should be giving people in this world

(1) Bracha Goetz, July 31, 2018 10:38 PM

YES!

 

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