The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 27 September 2008 / 27 Elul 5768

A Profitable Investment

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

A teenage girl's great desire to spend her summer vacation in a sleep-away camp ran into difficulty because of the financial situation of her family. Determined to pay her own way she began taking on babysitting jobs and developed a fine reputation for reliability, which landed her enough offers for her services to earn the money she needed.

On the way to one particular job, her father who was driving her there mentioned that the family she was about to serve was having a very hard time and it would be nice if she gave them a break in regard to payment. He quoted a passage about "casting your bread upon the waters" and the returns which can come from a generous act of kindness.

At the end of that babysitting job she adamantly refused to accept any payment. The extremely surprised lady of the house never forgot this gesture and when her brother began searching for a soul-mate she immediately arranged a match with her ex-babysitter which resulted in a very happy marriage.

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