Arlene Spiegel was on a flight from Newark to Anaheim, California on September 11, 2001. Departure time was 8:45 a.m. As the plane taxied down the runway, picking up speed, Arlene opened one volume of the mini sized single volume pocket Zohar. She started meditating upon the Zohar’s Aramaic text because she was a nervous flyer and hated flying.
Literally, a moment before take-off, the engines shut down as she was in the middle of scanning her Zohar. The Captain said he was returning to the gate because of some kind of accident. The next day, Arlene was contacted by airport security officials for questioning.
Her plane was targeted for hijacking. Box cutters and knives were found on her plane. Five people on board were on the FBI’s suspect list.
“I know the Zohar not only saved my life,” Spiegel says, “but I know it saved the lives of all the people on my plane, and all the people who were targeted on the ground.” Spiegel adds, “There is power in being connected to the Zohar. It is a power that we cannot see, a power that we cannot always touch and feel in a sensual way. But it is a power that creates a security shield around you and the people around you.”