Simcha's Torah Stories - Acharei Mos / Kedoshim

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Parshas Acharei Mos / Kedoshim


"That will be thirty shekels, young man."

"When will my suit be ready sir?"

"About five o'clock."

"Where can I find it?"

"Hanging there on the coat rack in the hallway."

The dry cleaning service is a big convenience for the Yeshiva students. The cleaners come to the Yeshiva to collect the soiled clothes, and return them the same day, fresh and clean. The prices are reasonable. Sometimes it's a bit difficult to find your suit among all the others, but if you persevere, you will succeed. The young man intended to go look for his suit at five o'clock that day. He even told his chavrusa (study partner) to remind him. They both became so engrossed in their Torah study, that they forgot all about the suit. As he was riding home from the Yeshiva, the young man suddenly remembered the suit. For a fleeting moment, he worried. Oy vey. There are so many people passing through the Yeshiva. The doors are not locked. Anyone can come in and take anything they want. I hope my suit will be okay there overnight. He reassured himself, thinking that there was really nothing to worry about and continued on his way home. The next morning, the first thing he did upon arriving in Yeshiva was to look for his suit.

"Let's see what's hanging on the coat rack. There are many coat racks in this Yeshiva. I cannot seem to find my suit. Let's look again more thoroughly. Hmmm. . . still no sign of it."

"Excuse me sir, do you remember the suit I dropped off yesterday?"

"I surely do, young man."

"Was it cleaned and brought back?"

"Just a minute, I'll call the cleaners on my cellular phone and check it out. Yes it was brought back last night a five o'clock. Are you sure you checked all of the coat racks?"

"I guess I'll check again"

With that, the young man looked over the coat racks again. He was now getting very upset. "Someone took my suit," he thought. "It's gone, I'll never find it. Now I have to buy a new suit. What did I do to deserve this?" Frustrated and upset he went to his morning chavrusa (study partner) to apologize for being late.

"I hope you weren't looking for your suit," his chavrusa said. "After we finished learning last night, I remembered that you didn't pick it up, so I went to get it. I put it in my dorm room for safekeeping overnight."

"Thank you so much for thinking about me. You've taught me a real lesson."

By judging others favorably you get a mitzvah. As it is written (Vayikra 19:15) "Judge your fellow Jew righteously." Things are not always as they seem. Take the time to examine your judgement before you jump to conclusions. Perhaps there is a good explanation for this seemingly bad situation. Our friend thought there was some dirty business going on at the dry cleaners. Things turned out to be clean as a whistle.

Simcha's Quiz

97 students participate in a Torah knowledge contest. The way the champion is chosen for this contest is by the same old elimination schedule. That is, the 97 students are to be divided into pairs, and each student competes against the other. After a student is eliminated from each pair, the winners would be again divided into pairs, etc.

How many pair eliminations must be played to determine a champion?

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