Love of the Land

For the week ending 2 March 2013 / 19 Adar I 5773

A Life Saved Twice Over

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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"May I please get ahead of you in this line? I have to catch a plane back to America and I must get a pizza for the trip to the airport."

The elderly gentleman generously granted this request and soon the tourist was outside, pizza in hand, rushing towards his cab. But then a huge explosion rocked the air and he realized that the Sbarro restaurant he had just left had been the victim of a terrorist suicide bombing. Rushing back to see what happened to the man who had given him his place and thus had possibly saved his life, he found him alive but wounded. After expressing his deep appreciation for his role in saving his life, he informed him that he was a wealthy businessman back in New York and he would be glad to help him any time he was in need. He left his business card and was on his way to the airport.

The opportunity to keep his promise soon came. The son of the elderly man phoned him that his father required major surgery in an Israeli hospital and could not afford to pay for it. Upon hearing this, the businessman responded that he was ready to come to Israel himself to see that everything would go well with the operation and that he would cover all expenses.

He soon found himself sitting together with the son who called him in the lobby outside the area where the elderly man was undergoing the critical operation. As they looked up at the television screen they saw an impressive skyscraper in Manhattan in which the businessman had his offices. Then they saw one plane after another crash into it. The date was September 11th, one which would never be forgotten as a day when one life saving led to another.

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