Now You Know The Rest Of The Story..........
The Torah Matzav
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
July 20,1916 The Story That Never Happened
An amazing story printed in a Sefer, close to
years ago. Years later this story was reprinted in other Seforim
The story also appeared in Mishpacha Magazine and other
publications. I even heard a Godol repeating the story.
The Mechaber in his Sefer writes," he read this story in
a London Newspaper dated the 19th of Tammuz 5676 (July 20
The UK newspaper quotes from the Hungarian newspaper called
the following story.
"A Hungarian soldier sitting in the trenches
wrote to his wife to
find out from Chaim their Jewish neighbour about the Jewish
prayer of “Shema
The Hungarian soldier claimed to have noticed that whenever
the enemy fires at them, the Gentile soldiers get killed, yet
Jewish soldiers say the prayer of Shema Yisroel, all are saved
and none get killed. He would like to know how he too can
be saved with this prayer.”
a skeptic, I would not have believed this story however this
time I did believe it to be true since the Mechaber gives an exact
date and the name of the original newspaper the story appeared in.
(open for inspection)
He also wrote that he was quoting word for word the exact
text of the newspaper.
Believing the story to be true, I was hoping to find a copy
of this article, publicize it and be Mekadesh Sheim Shomayim.
TheTimes of London (1916) and
Hirlap are both
available online. My nephew R.Ari searched both
(Keywords in both English &
Hungarian were entered)
not a single match or a slightly similar match came up).
The Times nor The Pesti Hirlap have this story
or anything similar to it.
The Mechaber might have seen this story in another
London newspaper quoting The Pesti Hirlap.
This story never
appeared in The Pesti Hirlap and very likely never
Chasam Sofer in the Teshuvos* writes with frustration “We have
a תורת אמת there is no need for שקר to verify