Friday, January 25, 2008

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Mi K'Amcha

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

Not content with a fish story, my wife and daughter passing through the Jerusalem Central Bus Station today left our cell phone behind.

It's a nice cell phone, and one of those that you just replace the SIM card and it's instantly yours.

Amazingly, or rather, not so amazingly in Israel, a few minutes after arriving home we received a call, "Allo, I found your cell phone, where do you live as I'd like to return it to you."

Seems a secular Jewish security guard, an immigrant from Russia from many years ago, found the phone and just felt a need to perform the mitzvah of Hashavas Avedah, returning a lost object. But wait, Jerusalem is a big town, and of course buses go from that station all over Israel. Where does the guard live, is it feasible to return the phone (or do we have to arrange for it some time in the future?)

Turns out he lives in the same town! In the same area! Just outside our neighborhood, in the secular neighborhood right next to the religious neighborhood.

With an act of kindness and a mitzvah from the Torah, he crossed that border today, a young man with a pony tail met with his religious brothers. We thanked him profusely, and invited him for Shabbos. While he declined our invitation, he was more thankful for the opportunity for the mitzvah than our immense gratitude in the return of our phone.

Mi K'Amcha Yisroel, Hashem, who is like Your people Israel! And what an orchestration from Hashem!

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