CHASSIDISHE STORY ON THE PARSHA
פרשת חיי שרה
Parshas Chayei Sara
ותאמר גם לגמליך אשאב (חיי שרה כד:יט)She said, “I will draw water even for your camels”
The Chassid Reb Moshe Midner zt’’l was walking when a wagon stopped near him, and the wagon driver asked Reb Moshe to come onto his wagon instead of walking. Reb Moshe preferred to walk, so he thanked the wagon driver and politely declined.
The wagon driver was upset and started begging Reb Moshe to come onto his wagon, saying he would take Reb Moshe directly to his destination.
Seeing that the wagon driver was so persistent, Reb Moshe agreed to get onto the wagon. While traveling, Reb Moshe asked the wagon driver why he was so insistent that he join hum for the ride.
The wagon driver, a simple Yid, answered: “I heard a fascinating insight from my Rebbe the Rebbe Reb Moshe of Kavrin zt’’l. If a day passes by for a person and he hasn’t performed a chesed for another Jew, it is considered as if he didn’t live that day! And since I didn’t perform an act of chesed today, I was persistent in offering you a ride on my wagon so that I can do a favor for a Yid.”
When Reb Moshe heard the wagon driver’s reply, he thanked him profusely and said, “Thanks for sharing the beautiful words from the holy tzaddik!”
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