Jul 9, 2018
4 Saved in Thailand Cave Rescue

Thailand's Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor praised Divine assistance and international efforts in the rescue of trapped boys in a cave.

By Menachem Posner, Chabad.org

As the world cautiously celebrates the rescue of four children who have been trapped in a cave in Thailand, with nine people still underground, the country's chief rabbi marvels at the Divine assistance and international efforts that made the moment possible.

"It is beautiful to see the unifying consensus that these lives must be saved," Chief Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kantor, who has directed Chabad in Thailand since 1993, told Chabad.org.

"The effort has transcended the cultural and political divides that have become so deeply entrenched in our society. Representatives of so many countries came together to contribute in any way they can to keep the boys alive and strategize for their rescue."

The rabbi has been in contact with BBC video journalist Danny Bull, a member of the Bangkok Chabad Young Jewish Professional community, who had been at the site for nearly two weeks.

"I saw them bringing the boys to the hospital," said Bull, speaking via WhatsApp near midnight local time on Sunday evening. "It was just a miracle that they were alive, well and on their way to getting the care they need."

Bull reports that locals, journalists and tourists joined together in exuberant celebration upon seeing the ambulances pull up.

He notes that the rabbi had shared with him that the rescue took place just weeks after Jewish communities around the world read the Torah portion of Korach, when the earth opened its mouth to swallow up Korah and his rebellious cohorts.

This time, however, the earth opened up and allowed the boys to come out alive.

An international team of more than 90 divers, along with hundreds of other emergency personnel, are taking part in the effort. Eight boys, ages 11 to 16, who are part of a soccer team remain trapped with their 25-year-old coach. Rescue efforts will continue at dawn.

"This is the story that the world needs," the rabbi responded upon receiving the update from Bull. "The story is not over yet, and we are still praying for the safe evacuation of the rest of the team, but for now, we are thankful to G‑d and praying for more good news, and urge everyone to continue their prayers, good deeds and tzedakah [charity] on behalf of those still trapped."


Update from Danny Bull: After a miraculous and calculated rescue, the first ambulances arrive to the hospital in Chiang Rai with four of the 13 who were trapped in Tham Luang cave. May the next 9 come out with strength and health!

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Indeed a miracle
Was supposed to pour and didn't and water levels receded (not only through them getting out water) and the fact that kids were able to learn what to do (diving in general and in such conditions) and that they did it successfully is a true miracle

Also important is when you see a sign, indoors or outdoors, that says not to go somewhere, please listen
(7/9/2018 12:21:02 PM)
Hodu LHashem
May they all come out safe and sound
(7/9/2018 12:21:50 PM)
What is the connection?
Was Chabad of Thailand involved in this rescue? What's this article about, a comment Kantor made about the rescue?
(7/9/2018 12:23:09 PM)
Amazing story
Hashgacha protis at work everywhere. Moshiach tzeiten!
(7/9/2018 12:28:45 PM)
Livnei Korach etc.
Didn't Korach's sons do teshuvah and emerge from their subterranean punishment?
(7/9/2018 2:26:54 PM)
8 boys are rescued
Latest news is 8 boys are rescued so far out of 12 boys and a coach
(7/9/2018 2:37:29 PM)
All 13 rescued
Everyone is out, chasdei Hashem
(7/10/2018 7:18:07 PM)
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