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Friday, 19 April, 2013 - 2:20 am

It was just Rochel (almost 4) and me in the car, when she asked a simple question that I never expected will turn into a deep theological discussion. 

"Why does the car have this?" she asked while flipping the grab-handle above the door. "I think it is to help older people who can't get up by themselves", I said.

After two minutes of silence Rochel came up with a question that can come only from an innocent child. "Why did Hashem make that people can't get up by themselves?" she asked.

I looked in the rear-view mirror to make sure it was Rochel asking the question... I was thinking. I knew I had to give her a meaningful answer that she can understand.

"Hashem made it difficult for some people to get up so we can have a Mitzvah by helping them", I said.

From the silence I gathered she was probably satisfied with the answer.

A few minutes later we arrived at our destination. "Tatty" Rochel said "If it will be too heavy for me to help the old man get up, will you help me?".

"Sure, this way I will have a Mitzvah too" I answered and gave her a big kiss for inspiring me, once again.

Comments on: Mitzvah

Ireta Fisher wrote...

Rachel is a thoughtful youngster, but I am sure from time to time, her siblings pop up with meaningful questions. Thank you for sharing. Gut Shabbos

Shari Brown wrote...

Beautiful!! Shabbat Shalom
4/19/2013 wrote...

Gut Shabbos and thank you for once again sharing your childrens' (this time Rochel's) inspired insights



benjamin Roling wrote...

We have a granddaughter age 4 .

It is amazing what comes out of her mouth .

Like it said by the old sages 'from the mouth of babes ....

Ana Porzecanski wrote...

If only we listened to children more often, we would all lead better and more meaningful lives!
Their souls are newer, and thus more pure, and closer to Hashem than ours, as adults.

Robert O wrote...

Dear Rabbi Kaplan,
What a lovely story.
My children often help me see ways I can improve myself.
Out of the mouths of babes indeed.
I am shocked that Rochelle is already 4, they grow up so fast
Good Shabbos

Elisabeth Gelb wrote...

Dear Rabbi,
An inspiring dialogue with Rochel and a testament to the Torah path in which you and Rebbitzin Chani are raising your kinder.