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Far Greater Than Gems

by Reb Gutman Locks   

Far Greater Than Gems


     He came up to me at the Kotel and spoke to me as if I should have recognized him. He looked familiar, but I did not remember where we had met. Then, as we spoke he mentioned that he was a violinist. That clicked my memory. I love violins. They are the finest of all the musical instruments, and my fondness for violins reminded me of our meeting.

     "Now I remember you. You and your wife came for Shabbos dinner some time ago.

     He said, "With my son, too. It was over ten years ago."

     I said, "I remember your wife doing something so beautiful. I have never seen anyone else ever do it. It was so special."

     He had no idea what I was referring to.

     "When you were making Kiddush (Blessing the Shabbos over a cup of wine) and had finished the blessings, and you started to sit down to drink the wine your wife slid your chair to the back of your legs so it would be more comfortable for you to sit. I have never seen a wife be so considerate of her husband as she was to you."

     He said, "I will tell her what you said."


"A good wife who can find? Her value is far greater than gems."[i]

[i] The first line of the Proverb we say before making Kiddush Shabbos night that recalls the merits of a good wife


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