Religious books rescued from earthquake damaged Chabad house

April 13, 2011 Agencies
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Almost 1000 religious books have been rescued from the heavily damaged Chabad house in Christchurch.

Books being rescued

Engineers had initially told Chabad’s Rabbi Mendel Goldstein it was too dangerous to enter the building, which is situated close to the epicentre of the tremor that claimed more than 165 lives, including three Israelis.

But on Monday two engineers and two rescue workers said they were willing to go in and allow Rabbi Goldstein to direct them.

“It turned out to be a very miraculous trip,” he said. “The four of them helped take down pile after pile of books. They took down close to 1000 religious books. We are overwhelmed beyond words.”

On Monday night the rescue team were invited to attend a celebration with rabbinical students who have arrived in the south island ahead of Pesach.

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