Rothstein's Spending Swagger Went All the Way to Temple
On Yom Kippur a couple of years ago, Downtown Jewish Center Chabad Rabbi Schneur Kaplan did something decidedly unorthodox.
|Kimberly, Scott, and Rabbi Schneur Kaplan.|
The bidding went around the room, with people bidding $200 or $300. Then it came around to Scott Rothstein.
"One thousand times chai," Rothstein said.
Chai is 18, the holiest Jewish number. So Rothstein bought the aliyah -- basically the honor of standing at the bima when the Torah is open and read -- for $18,000.
|Rothstein and Ovi Levy at chabad grand opening.|
"One thousand times chai," Levy said.
Since the recent grand opening of the new chabad on Broward Boulevard near Las Olas, both Rothstein and Levy have their name on the building.
You can see more pictures of the grand opening here.