The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 28 June 2008 / 25 Sivan 5768

Of Cars and Hearts

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

While visiting a friend in the cardiology department of a hospital, the Rosh Hayeshiva of the Ponevez Yeshiva, Hagaon Rav Shach, zatzal, paid his respects to the department head. After hearing from him about all the outstanding features of the department the Rosh Hayeshiva asked the doctor how many years ago he bought his automobile.

When the reply was that it had been purchased that very year Rav Shach asked whether the previous one had broken down. The doctor explained that although the old one was still in decent shape he bought the latest model, something he does every year because some unforeseen problems always arise with cars, which are solved in the new models.

"As the head of a heart department," said the Rosh Hayeshiva in response, "you should learn an important lesson in faith from what you just told me. The heart of man today is the same heart that the first man had and there has never arisen a need for improvements as in the case of automobiles. This shows that in His infinite wisdom the Creator anticipated the problems that might arise and already solved them."

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