News 12 First at Five, December 7, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Rabbi Robert Klensin, of the Congregation Children of Israel, reads from an ancient scroll that was nearly destroyed when an airplane crashed into their Synagogue.
"If he'd hit the temple at a different place --the building could've exploded and much loss of life," said Klensin.
It happened on the second day of Hanukkah. Just an hour before the crash, the Rabbi was in his office teaching children Hebrew.
"It's one of those reminders about life -- what could've happened and how fragile life is," said Klensin.
10 people were inside when the plane hit. None of them were hurt. And for the building-- only shattered glass and a frayed overhang. It's something Rabbi Klensin is grateful for.
"We can be in our sanctuary knowing that if he'd been over just a few feet...he would've gone through the glass and into the back of our arch where the Torah of scrolls are," continued Klensin.
Ancient scrolls -- over 150 years old -- handwritten books of the Bible.
"If a plane had come through, this Torah that survived the Holocaust might not have survived anymore," he said.
The scrolls survived and so did all the members of this temple.
They're calling it..."the miracle on Walton Way."
"For all miracles God using people, whether it's medical doctors when someone's ill...God wasn't going to split the Red Sea until Moses raised his staff. Moses had to do something. So, here it was the pilot and maybe somehow with God's power he was able to bring about this miracle."