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I Contributed and Merited Salvation – Stories of Salvation

How Do You Brush Your Teeth with Boiling Water?

Imagine having only hot running water. You wash your hands in hot water. You wash dishes with boiling water. You want to drink a cup of water? Be prepared to have it scald your throat. Tell your kids to brush their teeth – and have them grimace in discomfort.
That’s how the L. family lived for three months.
Plumber Number One showed up, positioned himself down under the sink, checked the pipes, rose, dusted himself off and declared: “Lady, you have no choice. You’ve got to change all the plumbing. It’s a complicated problem.״
Mrs. L. blanched. Seeing her sudden pallor, the plumber said kindly, “I’ll give you a good price. Just five thousand shekels for the whole job.״
For some reason, Mrs. L. was not all that eager to take advantage of the plumber’s generosity. She sent him away with a promise to “think about it.״
In the meantime, the L. family continued living this way, but it became harder and harder with each passing day. Finally, Mrs. L. called in a different plumber in the hope that he’d offer her a rosier – and cheaper – diagnosis.
Plumber Number Two came down and had a look. “You need to change all the pipes, lady.״ Would you, dear reader, relish the prospect of having all your plumbing changed this week? Mrs. L. nearly fainted at the thought. She tried her luck and summoned a third plumber.
After he, too, said the same thing, Mrs. L realized there was no escaping the truth. Three months of living with hot water had made the L. family realize there was no choice. They wanted cold water at any price, even if meant lifting floor tiles, sand, chaos - and NIS 5,000.
The night before the workers came, Mrs. L. raised her eyes heavenward. He who orders oil to burn can order vinegar to burn. He who orders water to be warm can cool it. She promised to contribute NIS 180 to Kupat Ha’ir if she would be spared the huge and annoying expense of changing the plumbing.
When she finished davening, she went purposefully to the faucet and tried it hopefully. The water was still hot.
The next day the workers descended upon the L. family’s apartment with huge coils and pipes, hammers and wrenches, buckets and spades. They were about to begin.
One worker went outside and loosened the faucet outside the house. There, to his utter amazement, he found a rather large blockage stopping the flow of cold water to the house. In less than half a minute, the blockage was cleared.
Three boiling months came to an end in one tiny minute - and with one hundred and eighty shekels to Kupat Ha’ir.
“How much do I owe you?״ Mrs. L. asked in delight.
“A hundred shekels,״ came the reply. “After all, we shlepped all our supplies down here. We were planning on spending three days here.״ The workers collected their stuff and left Mrs. L. with her yeshuah and with the marvelous revelation of the power of tzedakah.
Oh, and with an extra four thousand seven hundred twenty shekels in her pocket.
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