Update: The place is Tel Romeida in Hebron, the year is 1985, and the Jew is.....
Yechiel Leiter! He would like to be a candidate on the Likud list in the upcoming elections. Back then Yechiel, or Rav Leiter as he was known, was one of my teachers in Machon Meir. He invited me a couple of times to spend Shabbat with him and his family in Hebron. That was a wonderful experience!
A couple of gems that I remember hearing from him:
- Halacha covers every facet of life, from how to go to bathroom in the desert to how to offer sacrifices in the Temple.
-"Let the wicked forsake his way, and the man of iniquity his thoughts; ..."(Isaiah 55:7): To be a true Ba'al Teshuvah it is not enough to stop sinning, to put on a kippah, keep Shabbat, and keep Kashrut. One must also shift his thoughts away from the bad and towards the good.