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Hope you’re having a great day.
… I had an experience the other day dealing with money.
It won’t make Forbes Magazine.
But I’m sure that it was noticed by G-d!
I was attending daily morning services at a local synagogue.
There were maybe thirty or forty people.
Including a few young adults from Keshet.
(Keshet is a wonderful program for Jewish children and young adults with special needs.)
At a point in the service, a pushka (tzedakah box) is brought around.
(Jewish tradition teaches that our prayers have more power when we show concern for others.)
We’re not talking major donations.
People drop in a few coins. Maybe a dollar bill.
And who was walking around carrying the tzedakah box?
One of the special young men of Keshet.
He had this huge smile on his face.
And then I noticed something else.
A member of the congregation was sitting next to another Keshet young man.
And he slipped him a dollar bill.
So that he could give tzedakah.
So that he could feel part of the congregation.
… I don’t know who encouraged the young man to carry around the pushka.
And I don’t know the man who handed the kid a dollar.
But they both taught me a very important lesson.
Something we should keep in mind as we get ready for Rosh Hashana.
With a small gesture? And a lot of love?
And sometimes by putting a dollar to good use?
You can make someone feel like a million bucks!
All the best,