Everyone in Haifa’s Seret-Vishnitz community knows Boris, the Romanian goy who is a maintenance worker and the local ‘shabbos goy’- gladly assisting Jewish families every Shabbos.
A decision was made to check into some recent statements made by Boris, and this probe revealed he is indeed Jewish, as per the p’sak of the beis din of Mo”etz HaRav Zoldon Shlita.
Boris’ story began when he worked in the beis medrash of the Nadvorna Rebbe ZT”L. There too he was the shabbos goy. He left to return to Romania for three years and upon his return to Eretz Yisrael, found a spot in the Haifa Seret-Vishnitz community.
Here and there he told some of the chassidim how he remembers when his mother lit shabbos candles, explaining it was more a statement of one wishing to go to Israel than actually lighting for kiyum a mitzvah.
Adding to this, at times Boris was heard humming Jewish niggunim, prompting the question if the shabbos goy is really a goy or possibly a yid.
After Rav Zoldon sat with Boris and they spoke at length, followed by a probe, the rav released a p’sak that Boris is a Jew, beyond any shadow of a doubt.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)