The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 26 May 2012 / 4 Sivan 5772

The Price of a Teardrop

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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A strange will came before the rabbi. It was the last will and testament of a woman who divided up her wealth among her children and grandchildren. What was puzzling was a line directing that ten thousand dollars should be awarded to one particular granddaughter above and beyond what the others would inherit.

This unexplained favoritism raised doubts about the reliability of the entire will. After some serious investigation the reason came to light.

A letter was found in which this grandmother emotionally described the night she sat together with all her grandchildren and told them what she experienced in the Holocaust and the suffering of the Jewish people during that period. All her grandchildren listened attentively but one granddaughter actually wept. As a reward for those tears she was awarded a great inheritance by the grandmother who so appreciated her compassion.

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