One day, in one of the chariedi neighborhoods, the bus
very late and the impatient driver just told passengers to
without paying. This was not unusual; they would pay when
off and the bus was emptier.
People pushed on and when the bus could hold no more, the
the doors. One little boy stood by the driver, holding out
ticket, waiting for it to be punched. Impatiently, the driver
him to move along into the bus, but he stood his ground
while the other passengers pushed past him, jostling him to
The driver raised his voice and repeated his demand that the
on, whereupon he started crying. A little too old to cry, the
must have thought, because he changed his tune and, in a
asked what was the matter.
"I can't move until you punch my ticket. It's ossur.
without paying is geneiva!" And the tears rolled down
The driver complied and murmured something like, "What I
give for a chareidi kid of my own, like this
A visitor from England who was staying in Bnei Brak came to
for the day. it was a Friday and she wanted to go to Har
to visit her grandmother's grave, but first on her itinerary
Kosel, of course.
When she was ready to leave, she realized that time was
If she wanted to go to the cemetery, she would have to take a
Like most other tourists, she didn't realize that it is
make sure the driver puts on the meter before beginning the
rather than having to settle for whatever flat fee he decides
his passenger's pocket -- at the end of the trip. Standard
But she blithely rode along, and upon reaching her
him to wait while she visited the grave, so that he could
to her connection for the return trip to Bnei Brak.
He could have charged the unkowning tourist any exorbitant
when she got back into the car, he thanked her profusely,
He had meant to visit his mother's grave, he explained, but
it off time and again.
He refused any payment for the trip because she had given him
opportunity of doing this mitzva!