The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 24 June 2006 / 28 Sivan 5766

Lost and Found

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
Library Library Library

“Where is Chaim?” was the anguished cry of the Jerusalem mother whose three-year old son was nowhere to be seen.

Neighbors were soon organized into search parties and there was talk of alerting the police and the ZAKA volunteers who specialize in locating lost people.

Then someone reminded the searchers, who had already spent a futile hour, that Jerusalem, with its large population of infants, had a “Gemach for Lost Children” in virtually every religious neighborhood. An Orthodox Telephone Directory was consulted and a call was made to the nearest home that offered this unique service.

“Does your little boy answer to the name Chaim?” was the question coming from the end of the line. “Someone found him crying in the street and brought him here.” Thus there was a happy ending to yet another story of a lost child thanks to a very special Gemach.

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