|A story of the Rebbe #76 - A Different Kind of Lechaim ?|
Rabbi Nachman Sudak, head shliach in the UK, relates:
A 14-year-old boy from London, who came from a family that had become close to Lubavitch, once traveled to the Rebbe for Tishrei. On Simchas Torah, he was standing with the other children, when the Rebbe motioned to him to say, "lechaim." The boy did as he was asked, but a short while later, the Rebbe again indicated that he should make a "lechaim." No one understood was going on.
The boy wrote home about this incident, and his family wondered what it meant. Nothing unusual had happened either to the boy or to his family that would explain it.
It did not take long, however, before the significance of this incident became apparent. Soon after his return to London, the boy was crossing a road on his way home from school when he was struck by a speeding car.
The car hit his leg very hard, and the force of the blow caused the upper part of his body to be thrown forward. His head struck the front of the vehicle very hard, smashing the windscreen and bending its metal frame.
The boy immediately lost consciousness as a result, and fell to the ground bleeding heavily. Fortunately for him, a doctor was driving in the car immediately behind, who rushed to his aid. However, the boy's chances of survival were still considered to be very low.
When the boy arrived at the hospital, the doctors were surprised to find that he had not sustained any brain damage from the heavy blow he had sustained. Miraculously, all he needed were a number of stitches to his scalp. His only major injury was a broken leg.
The accident had occurred in a central area, and there had been many witnesses. No one believed that he had escaped with such minor injuries. However, the explanation was obvious. The boy had been protected by the power of a "lechaim."
Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine