Rabbi Dr. Rabinowich’s Visit to Debrecen, Hungary, 1984

 

Debrecen Hungary Synagogue

Rabbi Dr. Rabinowich often tells his students about his visits to “communist” Hungary and Czechoslovakia. He loves to discuss his visit to Debrecen, Hungary in 1984. It as 11 a.m., on a May morning as he entered the main synagogue of the city, weraring his usual Rabbinic attire. Sitting at the back table, all in their late 80’s, quickly placed their hands under the table with their playing cards safely out of sight, or so they thought. Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich had seen their sneaky move and was very amused but said nothing. He then approached the eldest of the group, probably the dealer, and asked him all about Jewish life in Debrecen.

Rabbi Rabinowich was brought to tears when he heard from the leader/dealer, that there is a minyan every boker and erev (morning and evening). Rabbi Nosson Dovid Rabinowich took out an excellent bottle of vodka from his suitcase in the car and proceeded to have a beautiful l’chaim with his new found friends.

When he took leave from them, he told them in all sincerity, that Hashem is so delighted with them when they come to play cards in the shul the entire morning.

Hashem wants his ‘home’ to be occupied as much as possible.

Rabbi Rabinowich plans on arranging Jewish Heritage Tours to visit all of these wonderful history-laden cities in North Hungary and focus on the synagogues, some that may still be standing. The main synagogue in Debrecen is still standing in 2015! Hashem has not abandoned us.

 Recommended Read: –  Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich in Prague

Nathan David Rabinowich: Holidaying in Holland

Nathan David Rabinowich is a versatile businessman who has traveled to several countries. He is the Executive Director of Jewish Heritage Tours and has coordinated several tours to Holland. If you are visiting Holland, there are several beautiful places and famous attractions to visit. Here are a couple of things you can do while you are visiting Holland.

Biking

The Netherlands is one of the best places in Europe where you can go cycling. There are well-maintained bicycles lanes in towns and villages. The country boasts of over 17,000 km of bike lanes. The village of Hoenderloo is a great place to enjoy a day cycling. The village is surrounded by beautiful forests and heaths. Cycling in this beautiful location, you are bound to see several free-roaming moorland sheep. Other places you might want to go out and explore on your bicycle include, The National Park Hoge Veluwe, Jachthuis Sint Hubertus hunting lodge, Museonder, and several other places. All these places are within cycling distance from the hotel, the Golden Tulip of Wipselberg in Beekbergen.

Attractions

Nathan David Rabinowich has visited the Netherlands several times and has stayed at the Golden Tulip Hotel. If you are staying at the Golden Tulip hotel in Beekbergen, you can take a trip to the Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn. This was the summer residence of the royal family, but today serves as a museum. The gardens here are a popular attraction and are open during the summer months.

The Vrijthof is a popular city square in Maastricht, a city located in the southernmost part of the Netherlands. Saint Jan’s Cathedral and Saint Servatius Church is located at the square. The city square holds various large festivals throughout the year, including both autumn and winter festivals. Nathan David Rabinowich recommends visiting the popular attractions in the Netherlands while you are here on holiday.