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For the week ending 11 May 2013 / 1 Sivan 5773

The Young Mitzvah Entrepreneur

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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Ever watch little boys pouncing upon the candies thrown at the aufruf of a chatan or at any occasion when sweets are for the grabbing?

It doesn't take much imagination to figure out what these tots are going to do with those treats. But even the wildest imagination could not anticipate what an eight-year old youngster in the Arzei Habirah neighborhood of Jerusalem does with the sweets he gathers.

This little boy has succeeded in amassing quite a collection of toffee candies he has acquired at celebrations. But he has not eaten them. Instead he has made a practice of persuading youngsters like himself and even younger to say tehillim by offering them these candies as a reward.

This young mitzvah-entrepreneur has succeeded in demonstrating what a sacred initiative can accomplish at any age.

Originally published the week ending 25 November 2006 / 4 Kislev 5767

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