Rabbi Leib Scheiner was whimsically but lovingly known in Greater Boston as "the supermarket rabbi." This quiet man, who was a member of the Shaloh House synagogue and community since its inception in Brighton, and who taught for decades at the New England Hebrew Academy - Lubavitch Yeshiva - was a great Torah scholar. But Rabbi Scheiner's love of G-d and Torah was matched by a different passion - a boundless love for his fellow Jews, especially those who weren't lucky enough to know about the Torah.
Every Thursday, Rabbi Scheiner would take a long shopping list to Shaw's of Stop and Shop to buy food for Shabbos. He would return home with an equally long list of Jews he's met while shopping whom he invited to his house for Shabbos. Fascinatingly, people who wouldn't dream of accepting invitations from a complete stranger nevertheless responded to this rabbi whose face radiated kindness. Lives were transformed as a result. People who had no acquaintance with Torah grew to love it, and those who shied away from their Judaism became proud Jews.
On Sunday, May 18, at 4pm, the Shaloh House community will be completing the writing of a new Torah scroll in Rabbi Scheiner's memory. Shaloh House invites all members of the Boston Jewish community to join in the event, and partake in this project in any way they could.
For more information regarding this event and the Torah scroll, click here.