August 15, 2018 ~ Shabbat SHOFETIM. Maqam AJAM.

Shabbat Ki Tesse

Lost Wallet

וכן תעשה לכל אבדת אחיך ... לא תוכל להתעלם - One Shabbat, many years ago, my father and I were walking on Kings Highway (Brooklyn), when suddenly we stumbled upon a wallet. We opened it, and saw that among the valuables was a license with the owner's home address. We hid the wallet on the side of the road where it was unlikely to be discovered (because we could not carry it), and walked to this address. Perplexed upon seeing two Jewish fellows at his door, we explained to the resident that we found his wallet on the street and that we left it there for him. This Latino gentleman was very grateful for this thoughtful gesture, and I am even more grateful to my father for this experience. Deuteronomy 22:1-4 teaches that we are obligated to make steps to improve the quality of our society by returning lost objects and by never remaining indifferent (לא תוכל להתעלם) to things that we have the power to correct. Beth Torah Bulletin, September 2, 2017.