The Raving Rabbis Come To Big Sky Country
2 young Orthodox rabbis have traded their studies back east in New York for the back roads of Montana. They're out here in Big Sky Country teaching far-flung Jews how to keep kosher. Their mission is to reach as many of our state's 3,000 Jews as they can. So far, they have visited more than 60 homes since July 7th. Who are the "Roving Rabbis? Meet 23 year old Eli Chaikin & 25 year old David Lepkivker. Their message is a gentle one in Montana's loosely organized Jewish communities where relatively few people strictly follow the dietary laws. Rabbi Chaikin chimes, "Any step a person makes is positive." The boys are affiliated with Chabad-Lubavich movement. Chabad's Bozeman-based rabbi, Chaim Bruk, says he invited them to help him honor the 40th anniversary of a campaign to promote observance of the kosher laws. To the best of my knowledge, I have never broken any of those laws!