In stepped Rabbi Josh and Rebbetzin Joelle Spinner. Rabbi Spinner was the head of the Lauder Foundation and he realized that Jews were moving throughout the country without any Rabbinic infrastructure. Seemingly overnight Rabbi Spinner built a Yeshiva in Berlin that would produce Rabbis who would service the Jews of Germany. All was set except for filling the role of who would test and bestow Rabbinic ordination on these Rabbis.
When I heard that the German government was bestowing their highest civilian award on Dayan Ehrentreu, I felt I had to be there to pay tribute to this great man and so I arranged my travel to stop off in Berlin on my way from Israel to the US. What a Kiddush Hashem (sanctification of the Almighty’s name)!! The Foreign Minister gave the award himself to Dayan Ehrentreu and thanked him for helping to rebuild a destroyed community.
Of course, I saved the best for last. Rabbi Spinner was so busy coordinating so many educational efforts around Europe that he needed a partner to run Berlin. Around the same time that I came to Aish, Rabbi Andrew Savage was hired to become the Director for Germany for the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation. Where did the Lauder Foundation find the indefatigable Rabbi Savage? At Aish HaTorah where so many great Jewish leaders come from. Rabbi Savage worked in Aish UK under Rabbi Naftali Schiff for seven years before taking on this role. By all accounts, Rabbi Savage has taken the German Jewish community to new and greater heights.
If anyone had any doubts that the Almighty runs the world then you should have been in Berlin this past week. Here we were in the German Foreign Ministry almost 80 years after the occupants of that building tried to wipe out the Jews. Honoring a Rabbi, who as a boy saw Jews beaten in the street, for spreading Torah all over Germany. The best part was that the Almighty had the future leader of the community, Rabbi Savage, train with Aish HaTorah for seven years before he sent him to Inspire the Jews of Germany. May the Almighty bless the Jews of Germany with the inspiration and strength to grow closer to him every day. May He also grant Aish HaTorah the ability to keep training Jewish leaders for all four corners of the globe.
Warm regards and good shabbos!