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24 Cheshvan 5760 - November 3, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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One day, in one of the chariedi neighborhoods, the bus came very late and the impatient driver just told passengers to get on without paying. This was not unusual; they would pay when they got off and the bus was emptier.

People pushed on and when the bus could hold no more, the driver closed the doors. One little boy stood by the driver, holding out his bus ticket, waiting for it to be punched. Impatiently, the driver told him to move along into the bus, but he stood his ground determinedly while the other passengers pushed past him, jostling him to and fro.

The driver raised his voice and repeated his demand that the boy move on, whereupon he started crying. A little too old to cry, the driver must have thought, because he changed his tune and, in a gentler tone, asked what was the matter.

"I can't move until you punch my ticket. It's ossur. Traveling without paying is geneiva!" And the tears rolled down his cheeks.

The driver complied and murmured something like, "What I wouldn't give for a chareidi kid of my own, like this one..."


A visitor from England who was staying in Bnei Brak came to Yerusholayim for the day. it was a Friday and she wanted to go to Har Hamenuchos to visit her grandmother's grave, but first on her itinerary was the Kosel, of course.

When she was ready to leave, she realized that time was running out. If she wanted to go to the cemetery, she would have to take a taxi. Like most other tourists, she didn't realize that it is prudent to make sure the driver puts on the meter before beginning the journey, rather than having to settle for whatever flat fee he decides suits his passenger's pocket -- at the end of the trip. Standard procedure. But she blithely rode along, and upon reaching her destination, asked him to wait while she visited the grave, so that he could take her to her connection for the return trip to Bnei Brak.

He could have charged the unkowning tourist any exorbitant fee, but when she got back into the car, he thanked her profusely, instead. He had meant to visit his mother's grave, he explained, but had pushed it off time and again.

He refused any payment for the trip because she had given him the opportunity of doing this mitzva!


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