Ringing The Opening Bell At The NYSE and Giving Thanks To The Al-Mighty

After ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange with 2 Rabbi's present, mining executives headed to the Lubavitcher Rebbe's Ohel.

By Sarah Schmerler

There was a rare and striking sight as Comstock Mining Inc. (NYSE: LODE) executives rang the day's opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on August 13, 2013.

Seen by over a 100 million people were Rabbi Aaron Raskin, spiritual leader of Congregation B'nai Avraham and Chabad of Brooklyn Heights, and Rabbi Zusha Cunin of Chabad of Pacific Palisades, CA standing with company principals and major investors, some Jewish, some gentile.

Soon after the bell, both Chabad Rabbis headed to the Exchange floor to lay tefillin with any Jewish traders who asked. Kosher meals were ordered.

Then, most striking of all, the group took off, not for a round of self-congratulatory drinks or business meetings but for a business meeting of a much higher order: a trip to Queens to visit the Ohel gravesite of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

There, there was more tefillin laying, shofar blowing, reflection, and prayers of gratitude. "The real CEO of any company is G-d," noted Raskin. "It's important that we remember that the running of business is not in our hands but in the hands of G-d; our business practices have to be kosher."

Since its inception one year ago, Comstock is said to have thrived where other mining concerns have failed, validating almost 3 million ounces of gold and almost 30 million ounces of silver -- "a remarkable amount for a company that had been in production only since last Fall -- and the potential for more is there," says Jeb Handwerger, a stock analyst and editor of GoldStockTrades.com.

It was Handwerger, an active member of the Chabad community in south Florida, who originally suggested the idea to go to the Ohel after the bell ringing and who was instrumental in the day's spiritual tone. He flew in from Miami to be there, as well as legendary investor Herbert Stein.

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Disclosure: Jeb Handwerger isa shareholder of Comstock Mining and they are a sponsor on Gold Stock Trades.

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