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Rare Mitzvah from page 8
piano. Dancing would have been appropri-
ate, but the close quarters made clapping
People soon flowed outside to the park-
ing lot, which became a respectful petting
zoo starring the three animals.
Lori Babcock-Largo, the Ohio donkey
breeder, attended the mitzvah with her
granddaughter even though her donkey
didn't produce a firstborn male for this
mitzvah. Although she's not Jewish, she
says, "It was an honor — both times. It
was something I was happy to do:'
As Rabbi Neustadt explained, being
present at the mitzvah equates to perform-
ing the mitzvah, and all the witnesses
work to elevate the mitzvah even more.
"This is a historic occasion, the first
time we've performed this unique mitz-
vah with such majesty," Neustadt told
the crowd. "We were skeptical. Who will
come? Is it worth the effort and the toil?
Detroit proved us wrong. There are so
many people here to connect to a mitz-
vah rarely performed.
"We are all here to find a new and
exciting way to connect to God. This is a
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Tapper's Appreciates Outpouring
Of Support Following Robbery
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Performed in Italian
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fresh way. If we could exude a portion of
this energy to daily brachas [blessings]
and ways to connect to Kadosh Barchu
[the Holy One] ..."
Rose says, "It was a long time in the
making, with a lot of people who worked
hard to make it come together:'
Aside from Tawil and Neustadt, help
also came from Rabbi Yisroel Meir
Butrimovitz of Chicago, who researched
the mitzvah; Rabbis Yosef Krupnik and
Yehudah Amsel, who helped secure the
sheep; and Rabbi Shloime Newman and
Boruch Rothenberg, who helped plan
and coordinate the event.
"Having grown up in this community
and seeing its growth, it is certainly an
overwhelming experience to see the
Orthodox community coming together
in unison — every flavor of Orthodox:'
says Dr. David Ungar of Oak Park. "It's
something we don't get a chance to do all
DeeDee Berman of Oak Park agreed.
"It was an opportunity for the entire
community to come together to acknowl-
edge the greatness of God," she says.
"When we can come together on such an
occasion, it's a simchah." ❑
$17,000 combined reward is
being offered for information
leading to the arrest of the
men who robbed Tapper's Fine Jewelry
& Diamonds in the Orchard Mall in
West Bloomfield on Tuesday, April 22,
at around 5 p.m.
police, three armed
the employees and
customers to lie
down on the floor,
and then directed
Howard Tapper a staff member to
open a display case,
which they emp-
tied. The men left the store and were
seen driving away in a newer model
dark-colored minivan, believed to be a
Chrysler Town and Country.
The suspects, who were armed with
handguns and a hammer, escaped
with an unspecified amount of jewelry.
No shots were fired, and no one was
injured. Police believe a fourth per-
son, the driver of the vehicle, was also
Howard Tapper, who, with his
brother, Steven, founded the family-
owned multi-generational business,
expressed his gratitude for the out-
pouring of support from friends,
employees and longtime customers.
"We had hundreds of calls, emails
and people stopping by to lend their
support:' he said, "and our associates
banded together fantastically to help
us get things back to normal:'
He also praised the West Bloomfield
Police Department for their fast
response and follow-up assistance.
"Not only did they arrive quickly,
they also have been tremendously sup-
portive since the incident," he said.
Police believe the Tapper's robbery
may be related to a similar incident
that occurred in Kent County in west-
ern Michigan earlier the same day.
Tapper's, which has served the
Metro Detroit community since 1977,
is known for outstanding customer
service and ongoing philanthropic
endeavors that benefit a variety of
local charities. Company spokesper-
son Mark Tapper joined his father,
Howard, in expressing appreciation for
the support the business has received.
"It's nice to know that being an
important part of the community has
paid its dividends:' he said.
Anyone with information about
the robbery is asked to call West
Bloomfield police at (248) 975-9200 or
Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-888-
SPEAK UP or 1-800-773-2587.