The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 20 October 2007 / 8 Heshvan 5768

Miracle on the Bridge

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
Library Library Library

"G-d saved me. There is no other explanation for such miracles."

This is what 20-year old Roman Koyrakh had to say about his miraculous escape from certain death when the car he was driving plunged into the Mississippi River following the tragic collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis in early August.

This former student at Torah Academy, a yeshiva in suburban Minneapolis, heard a loud bang and felt the car buckling. As dust and smoke surrounded him and he realized that he was plunging headfirst into the water, he quickly said the Shema prayer customarily said before dying. But he did manage to free himself from his seatbelt and open the car door. Upon reaching dry land he was taken to a hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Truly a miracle on the bridge!

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