The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 22 November 2003 / 27 Heshvan 5764

The Blind Retriever

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
Library Library Library

"Who left behind these bags?"

This is the sort of question that can cause great alarm on a bus in terror-conscious Jerusalem. In this case, however, there was nothing to worry about because the forgotten bags were obviously filled with innocent sweets.

But to whom do they belong?

The speculation about his identity soon came to an end when a blind lady announced that she knew exactly who it was. When he entered the bus she had recognized his voice greeting her as belonging to a very special Jew who was in the habit of visiting the Senior Citizens Home where she lived and distributing sweets. She thereupon assumed responsibility for returning them to him on his next visit.

It thus took a sightless woman to fulfill the mitzvah of returning lost property.

© 1995-2020 Ohr Somayach International - All rights reserved.

Articles may be distributed to another person intact without prior permission. We also encourage you to include this material in other publications, such as synagogue or school newsletters. Hardcopy or electronic. However, we ask that you contact us beforehand for permission in advance at and credit for the source as Ohr Somayach Institutions

« Back to The Human Side of the Story

Ohr Somayach International is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation (letter on file) and your donation is tax deductable.