The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 14 May 2011 / 9 Iyyar 5771

The Blind Retriever

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

"Who left behind these bags?"

This is the sort of question that can cause great alarm on a bus in terror-conscious Jerusalem. In this case, however, there was nothing to worry about because the forgotten bags were obviously filled with innocent sweets.

But to whom do they belong?

The speculation about his identity soon came to an end when a blind lady announced that she knew exactly who it was. When he entered the bus she had recognized his voice greeting her as belonging to a very special Jew who was in the habit of visiting the Senior Citizen’s Home where she lived and distributing sweets. She thereupon assumed responsibility for returning them to him on his next visit.

It thus took a sightless woman to fulfill the mitzvah of returning lost property.

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