Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The London Times July 20 1916

An amazing story printed in a Sefer close to hundred years ago. 

Years later this story was reprinted in other Seforim

The story appeared in the Mishpacha Magazine and I even heard a Godol repeating it.

The Mechaber in his Sefer writes that  he read this story in The London Times  dated the 19th of Tammuz 5676 (July 20 1916).  


The Mechaber in his Sefer writes that he read this story  in The London Times 

dated the 19th of Tammuz 5676 (July 20 1916).  

The Times quotes the Hungarian newspaper called Pesti Hirlap

A Hungarian soldier sitting in the trenches wrote to his wife and asked her to find out from Chaim their Jewish neighbor  about the Jewish prayer of “Shema Yisroel”. 

He claimed to have  noticed that whenever the enemy fires at them, the Gentile soldiers get killed,while  the Jewish soldiers say the prayer of Shema Yisroel all are saved and don't get killed. He  would like to know how to bsaved by this prayer.

Believing the story to be true, I was hoping  to find a copy of this article, publicize it and be Mekadesh Sheim Shomayim.
My nephew R. Ari  shlita helped me in searching for this article. 

The London Times (1916) and the Pesti Hirlap are both available online. 

R. Ari spent hours searching for the story in both newspapers.
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Key words in both  English & Hungarian were entered and not a single match or  a slightly similar match came up. 

The London Times of July 20 1916 definitely has no such story
The London Times quotes a number of times (different dates) The Pesti Hirlap  but not with this or similar story. My personal belief is, this  story will not be found in The London Times or in
The Pesti Hirlap.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks to you and R. Ari for taking the trouble to research it.

    Maybe you can do the same for other things as well.

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