After 33 Chilean miners were miraculously rescued last week, having been trapped underground for over two months, on Sunday, October 17th, five delegates from the Chilean Parliament flew to Israel to give thanks at the Western Wall for the phenomenal rescue.
The five Chilean parliamentary delegates were accompanied by a number of prominent figures in the Chilean Jewish community.
As reported by IsraelNationalNews.com, the official rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, greeted the entire group offering his congratulations and emphasizing the magnitude of the rescue that took place. Rabbi Rabinovich remarked how the Jewish people stood watching along with the rest of the world during the rescue mission and rejoiced as each and every one of the miners surfaced alive and well. He then, appropriately, led the group in prayer.
The delegation arrived in Israel only days after Leonardo Farkas, a Jewish Chilean mining executive and well known philanthropist, generously gifted each one of the 33 miners $10,000.According to the Associated Press report, Farkas gave the checks, each written out to the individual miner, to their families and also set up a fund to collect additional donations. Ten thousand dollars is more than some of the miners make in an entire year.