The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 28 July 2007 / 13 Av 5767

Get a Sweater

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
A funny thing happened to me on the way out of the synagogue.

A follow worshipper came over to me to apologize for what he imagined had been an offense to me.

"If you heard me loudly say the name 'Weinbach'," he said, "let me explain what it was about."

To appreciate his delightful explanation I must mention that my rebbetzin runs the very active "Begged Yad Leyad" used clothing Gemach centers to enable needy families to acquire good quality second-hand clothes with token payments.

"Someone was complaining that the air-conditioning was making the synagogue too cold," my neighbor continued, "so I told him 'if you are too cold just go over to the Weinbach place and get a sweater'."

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