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Mattersdorf, 1802: A fire broke out in town.

The fire destroyed many Jewish homes in Mattersdorf [Mattersburg, Austria].

The fire started in a non-Jewish house, but made its way to the Jewish quarter, destroying most of the Jewish houses in the town.

When the leaders of the community saw that the fire was closing in on the shul, they tore down the roof of the nearby house, to stop the fire from reaching the Shul.ย  Indeed, a miracle happened, and the shul was spared from the fire.

Source: Chassam Sofer, vol. II, Yoreh Deah, ยง239


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