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I Contributed and Merited Salvation – Stories of Salvation

A Creative Mitzvah

There was a bounce to Shmuel’s step as he walked to kollel. His sister was to meet with an excellent bachur later that day. It was top secret, of course, but chances were there would be a mazel tov in the family soon.
Much to his disappointment, however, the shidduch didn’t work out. The candidate wasn’t interested.
A month passed. A promising new suggestion came up. Shmuel, the devoted married brother, davened for a happy ending but this time, too, the hoped-for simchah was not forthcoming.
A number of times, the freezer was filled with fancy cakes in anticipation of an imminent celebration, but in the end, they were always eaten by the disappointed family. Over and over again, the family’s hearts filled with excitement, only to have their hopes dashed. Many suggestions moved forward to the final stages but there was always something that prevented the completion of a shidduch.
Shmuel is a deeply caring person. He longed to see his parents relax, to rejoice in his sister’s happiness. He felt he couldn’t just sit by and do nothing to ease their pain; he had to make some hishtadlus to help. He decided to try contributing to Kupat Ha’ir.
Instead of merely promising a contribution on his own, he called various family members and close friends. “How much are you willing to contribute to Kupat Ha’ir if Racheli’s engaged by Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan?״ he asked each person he called.
Everyone smiled in approval and promised whatever he felt he could afford. Fifty shekels, one hundred and twenty shekels, one hundred and eighty shekels. The contributions would be made only if Racheli did indeed celebrate her engagement before the specified date.
What do you think, dear reader? When something like this knocks at the gates of Shamayim, can they stay locked? Two days before Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan, Racheli celebrated her engagement. She was on cloud nine, Shmuel was ecstatic, and another few hungry families would soon be overjoyed as well.
At the tena’im, Shmuel was the subject of a good deal of teasing:
“So, Mr. Gabbai Tzedakah, are you happy now?״
“Can I give you a kvittel? Do you mind if I spread the word that you’re a ba’al mofes?״
“When did you start working for Kupat Ha’ir?״
Shmulik the gabbai tzedakah made sure everyone phoned up Kupat Ha’ir and contributed his pledge via credit card.
Then he sat down to write his story.
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