Dorothy Thompson’s “Interview” with the Chofetz Chaim


Dorothy Thompson, the celebrated American journalist, had wanted to include the Chofetz Chaim in her series of interviews with key European leaders between the wars.

“Sorry, the Chofetz Chaim does not have time for interviews,” she was told.

“Then let me at least see him,” she begged.

This was arranged – through an open window that revealed the diminutive frame of the saint and sage of Radin seated on a simple chair, bent over a yellow text resting on a simple wooden table, in a sparely furnished room.  She peered through the window and watched…and watched…for fifteen minutes.

When Miss Thompson finally turned to leave, a companion asked her what had caught her fancy for so long.

She replied, “I have just seen the Jewish G-d.” ~ The Torah Personality

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