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Alby fulfilled 29-year promise to father

PROMISE: Rabbi Alby Chait with his father Rev Henry Chait

RABBI Alby Chait chose Yom Kippur to share a story about his father Rev Henry Chait with his Leeds United Hebrew Congregation.

The Liverpool-born minister explained: “When I was six-years-old, my father took me to Toys ‘R’ Us and, despite the huge financial pressures we continually faced as a family, he told me that I could pick absolutely anything I wanted.

“My eyes locked onto this Meccano set for £69.99 — which was a lot of money in 1992.

“He said I could have it as long as I made him a promise — which I did — and since that day, he’d always remind me of it.”

Rabbi Chait, who is married to Gila, continued: “Bittersweetly, just a month after he passed away in May of this year, I finally completed my 29-year commitment to him and I felt ready enough to share it with the congregation over Yom Kippur.

“I received my semicha — I passed the test to become a rabbi!”

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