2 weeks ago, on a cold Wednesday night, I was travelling on the Heiman Bus from New York to Montreal, Canada.
As I was getting settled in for my long ride (and night) ahead and found a place for all my bags, I spotted a young man from the Heiman’s staff coming around to start collecting the fares for the bus ride.
He stopped by a young Yeshivah bochur, sitting close to the front of the bus, and there seemed to be an issue.
The man collecting the money was not moving forward.
Like many others just hoping to get back home as soon as possible, I started to get annoyed. Thoughts were crossing my mind, “Why can’t people just have their money ready, you knew you were coming on Heiman’s. No?!” and “We have a long trip ahead, let’s just start the ride!”
Across the aisle (men and women sit separately), I noticed a Lubavitch-looking girl also eyeing the scene.
As I was about to share my frustration, she turned to the bochur and offered to help him pay. And without waiting for an answer, she opened her wallet and paid for his fare.
When the bochur thanked her and asked for an address to return the money, her response was “No, don’t worry. It’s fine.”
The bochur tried again to find a way to repay the amount, and she said: “Please, it’s really fine! It’s just one good deed. Let’s all just continue the chain and do more.”
I was so taken aback by what I had just seen.
When we stopped at the Canadian Customs and Border Control, I took the opportunity to ask her if she knew the bochur or was a relative.
Her answer was: “No, and that’s not a reason not to help him.”
I didn’t ask for her name, but I have no doubt she reads COLlive, so I would like to thank you because you really had a positive effect on my life. That story continues to play in my mind on a daily basis.
B’ezras Hashem, I will be continuing the chain of goodness and kindness and call on everyone else, if an opportunity comes your way, to help someone.
With all these good deeds, may we merit to see Moshiach NOW!