CHASSIDISHE STORY ON THE PARSHA
אם כסף תלוה את עמי את העני עמך (משפטים כב:כד)If you loan money to the poor people amongst you,
A Yid in Radin lamented to the Chofetz Chaim zt’’l that the children born to him didn’t survive ל’’ע, and he needed a blessing or omen to save himself from this terrible calamity. The Chofetz Chaim told him that there are no segulos – prophecies, but I advise you to immerse yourself in Chessed activities, and Hashem will repay you with חסדים טובים – good things.
The Yid opened a ‘free loan money gemach’ and started lending large sums of money to those in need.
Part of the lending rules included that once in three years, on Parshas Mishpatim, when we read about “אם כסף תלוה”, to throw a big party to strengthen the resolve of those who partake in the mitzvah to loan monies.
A few years after founding the gemach, the Yid had a child the week of Parshas Mishpatim, which followed with the birth of a few children. After a while, the Yid came to the Chofetz Chaim and complained that overseeing all the gemach’s activities was too strenuous for him, and he wanted to hire someone in his stead. At first, the Chofetz Chaim tried to keep him from doing so, but the Yid insisted that the burden was too much, and the Chofetz Chaim acquiesced to his wishes.
The following day the Yid came running to the Chofetz Chaim, crying that one of his children had become gravely ill and needed an imminent recovery. The Chofetz Chaim told him to fire the new gemach activist and immediately resume his role. And so, the Yid complied, and his child miraculously recovered.
Filed under Parshas Mishpatim |