In September 2001, Beth Shalom Rabbi Aaron Melman was a student chaplain with the FDNY and living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. “Life was pretty normal,” he said. And Sept. 11 started out pretty normally, too: “It was a gorgeous day in New York. I’ll never forget how beautiful the weather was,” he added. But then terrorists attacked, and the next day, and in the days following, he was at ground zero, helping minister to firefighters at what was left of the World Trade Center towers.

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