The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 2 July 2011 / 29 Sivan 5771

A Golden Gift

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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A Holocaust survivor recently passed away in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya. During their condolence visit to his surviving son in Jerusalem the comforters heard a fascinating story that expressed the inextinguishable spirit of survival and faith of the Jewish People.

In a safe in the home of this Jew was a bar of gold around which was wrapped a note with the following explanation:

"Upon arriving in Eretz Yisrael after the destruction of European Jewry I wished to express my gratitude to Heaven. I therefore used the first money I earned in the Holy Land to purchase this bar of gold which I have dedicated as a gift to the Beit Hamikdash which I hope to see rebuilt in my days."

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