The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 10 January 2009 / 14 Tevet 5769

The Angelic Midwife

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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A tough decision had to be made by the young Torah scholar as he prepared for the Pesach Seder. He had been approached by members of an organization involved in outreach to come to a Seder being held in Bnei Brak for Jews who were showing an interest in returning to their roots and to deliver one of his famed talks to them.

Although this meant sacrificing his own Seder he consented. His plan was to first come home to perform all the mitzvot and to then go deliver his inspiring talk. But when he came home he saw his pregnant wife suffering from labor pains. As expected, he accompanied her to the hospital where they found many women preparing for birth and only a single midwife on duty. He was reluctant to leave his wife but she insisted that there was nothing he could do to help her. She insisted it would be wiser for him to go deliver his talk and rely on Heaven to take care of her and all the other expectant mothers.

When he returned from the talk, his wife had given birth to a healthy child. She told him that as soon as he left, a woman in white entered the room and took care of all her needs and then disappeared. When she took a look at her face she recognized her as a rebbitzen who had passed away a few years earlier.

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