The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 6 February 2010 / 21 Shevat 5770

Returning a Loss Up in the Clouds

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

"Mazal Tov and best wishes for your future."

Thus responded the venerable rabbi to the young man who approached his seat on the flight from New York to Israel and informed him that he had become engaged in the States and was now returning home.

After giving him this blessing the rabbi asked him if by any chance he or anyone in the family accompanying him had lost some keys. The ring of keys had fallen from someone during the passport checking upon arrival in New York and was picked up by the rabbi without knowing to whom it belonged. Anxious to fulfill the mitzvah of returning a lost object, he fervently prayed for Heaven's help in locating the loser.

The young man, who had been on the same flight with the rabbi both coming and going, suddenly realized that he had indeed lost his keys. Imagining the trouble his family would have had by coming home late at night after an exhausting trip only to find a locked door, he profusely thanked the rabbi and expressed gratitude to Heaven for this providential experience.

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