Halloween: Opportunity Knocks

“Someone was visiting [Rabbi] Yaakov [Kamenetsky], shortly after he moved to Monsey, when some Halloween trick-or-treaters rang the bell. (Monsey was not yet the largely Jewish town that it is today.) The man assumed that [Rabbi] Yaakov would not be familiar with such a non-Jewish custom from his years living in Williamsburg and hastened to explain to him what the children wanted. But Reb Yaakov was not only familiar with Halloween, the Rebbetzin (rabbi’s wife) had already prepared bags of sweets for any children that might ring.”

-REB YAAKOV (biography of Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky, זצ״ל), p. 243 (Artscroll Publishers)

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