Shaken, Yes. But Thank G-d, Alive…

Perhaps I spoke too soon about my love for Brazil…

The taxi that I was traveling in from the Sao Paulo airport to the city got trapped in a protest in middle of the highway. Residents from the slums were protesting an earlier police raid by closing down the highway and setting fire to and throwing objects at civilian cars.

We got stopped just 15 feet away from the front of the protest where a car was set ablaze. The incoming traffic trapped us in the thick of the action, where a wooden pole was thrown at my taxi, and shattered the windshield.

I was able to contact my parents (via the Nextel international walkie-talkie that I luckily had set up specifically for the trip) who sent a letter into the Rebbe’s Ohel. Thank G-d, we miraculously escaped from the entire ordeal unharmed…the full details of which I’ll save for another time.

When the police arrived (after we escaped by driving off the side of the highway) it apparently got even worse, a bomb went off and injured a number of the policemen on the scene.

Here are some newspaper photos of the violence on the main highway connecting the city of Sao Paulo to its international airport.

Front page of the Sao Paulo Newspaper:

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15 Responses to “Shaken, Yes. But Thank G-d, Alive…”

  1. Anonymous Says:
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    boruch hashem
    maybe you should bentch goimel?

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  2. danFan Says:
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    ….oh my….

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  3. DY Says:
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    Wow Dan. Glad you’re ok.

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  4. Yungerman Says:
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    Okay Dan, Any deals to Brazil now?

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  5. Stone Says:
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    Baruch HaShem you are alright. Those protesters seem like behamos!

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  6. My Yeshiva Bochurim Says:
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    Wow! Pretty amazing story… Quick thinking to call parents and send message the The Ohel. You’re lucky to be alive… Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Anonymous Says:
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    Holy creppers!

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  8. Anonymous Says:
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    are you staying in brazil?

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  9. Anonymous Says:
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    I knew the deal to brazil was too good to be true. lol. Thank g-d youre alive and well.

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  10. Anonymous Says:
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    u made it by the skin of ur teeth thank god ur okay..also where can i get the nextel intl. walkie talkie?

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  11. Anonymous Says:
    11

    Dear Dan! I am happy you are alive and well to tell the story!

    I bought the Canon SD1000 and I am looking for a good cheap case, and for something which can hold 4 sd cards, do you know of any deals, or where i can get it?

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  12. Asher O Says:
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    To Anon. looking for an SD card case.

    This looks like what you’re looking for. Since its an eBay item, you may need to “view sellers other items” (or search for a similar item on ebay if the seller is sold out) after the auction ends.

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  13. Anonymous Says:
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    Dan, I’m glad you’re ok. Enjoy the rest of your trip. It should be eventful from now on only in positive.

    Boruch Sholom

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  14. Anonymous Says:
    14

    tip: if you want to use google checkout over and over and get teh $10 each time; use a citi card and they have a thing that genrates a one time number!

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  15. CMS Says:
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    wow!
    Miraculous escape, B”H!

    Bentched gomel? Made a Kiddush? Looks like life or death over there — Thankful for the brachos!

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