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Scach in the snow

Friday, 7 January, 2011 - 3:31 pm

Dear Friends,

Some of you may have met Michael and Jo, a lovely couple from New York, who made it a habit to spend most of their summers in Victoria. When they come they are always willing to help and support, but this is not what I’m going to write to you about.

Earlier this week, Michael called me to tell me his personal story of the New York snow storm; I'll let him take over now...

"It was at the peak of the storm, there was about 2 ft. of snow. The city wasn't able to help us with clearing the street and there was a big mess. Outside my home there was a garbage truck that was turning its wheels in vain... The driver’s effort didn't seem to be productive, there was too much snow, the truck wouldn’t move.  For three and a half hours he was stuck there trying different techniques, but no luck.

"Watching the poor man, a strange idea came to my mind - my old Schach. In my storage there was a bundle of bamboo sticks, which used to be the Schach of my Sukkah. Not knowing precisely how this is going to help - I rushed to get them. I shleped them out and the driver and I laid them together under his wheels; within 20 minutes he was out of there. I got another Mitzvah done with my Sukkah..."

"I know it's not a major story," Michael adds, "but I thought you'd like it"...

He was right, I liked it. There is something to like when one sees a person in trouble and instead of being entertained by it - thinks of how they can help. There is something to enjoy when someone becomes creative not when they were in need, but when someone else was desperate. I thought you may like it as well.

Comments on: Scach in the snow

Inna wrote...

INDEED, you are right, Rabbi - if we help someone in need, this is a mitzva, no matter how big it is - it is a MITZVA.

Elias Mandel wrote...

What Michael did is to be congratulated but this is what I expect from all humanity. Unfortunately I have seen too many results of bullying, child abuse, children beat up on the sidewalk by gangs while many people looked and watched without intervention. What a tragedy!
Don't be afraid to act when you see wrong in your environment.
Elias Mandel

Sheila Thompson wrote...

I cannot begin to tell you how much your weekly stories mean to me. I really look forward each week to see how much mitzvah there really is in this world of ours.
B' Shalom