I’m writing to you about a story that made a great impact on me and I’m sure will touch all its readers.
There was a kallah from Machon Chana in Crown Heights that was heading to her hometown for her wedding without a sheitel. The reason was she simply couldn’t afford one and had no financial support.
While heading for what should have been the happiest night of her life, she was heading home with a heavy heart…
Just before she left, a friend and I suggested that she stop by Elle Sheitels. We explained to her that they sold affordable sheitels and we could possibly put that money together in the next few days.
It was a far-fetched dream but was still worth trying since it might ease her current strain.
A few hours later, as I entered the Machon Chana dorm, I was welcomed with squeals of delight! The girls were ecstatic!
The kallah’s friend explained: “We came to Elle Sheitels and explained to Mina Deitch the kalla’s predicament that she didn’t have any family support and was just looking, as she can’t afford to actually buy one yet.”
“Mina turned to us with the biggest smile on her face and exclaimed: ‘The sheitel is on me. Take the one you choose. Don’t worry about any price.’
The kallah and her friend immediately refused her offer. Yet Mina would not back down and insisted on giving the kallah a beautiful sheitel free of charge. She went on to offer to host the newlywed couple for any Shabbas meals they would need.
The kallah was speechless. She accepted the wedding present with a bright smile. At that moment, she felt so loved. So accepted. So taken care of by another fellow Jew. It was genuine chesed from a woman who didn’t even know her but just cared about her with pure Ahavas Yisroel.
This story pulled strings in my heart and I wanted to share it with your readers. Let us always help another Jew. It’s who we are. Look for reasons in your life to share and care in a real way.
By Hashgocho Protis, my small article of hakaros hatov and mi k’amcha about Mina Deitsch and Elle Sheitels was published on the day of this student’s wedding!
I would just like to clarify that the devoted staff of Machon Chana, with the aid of Ten Yad, Keren Simchas Chosson V’Kallah, as well as generous individuals in the Crown Heights community who Machon Chana approached for additional monetary support, arranged for the Kallah to purchase beautiful clothing, receive household items, and gifts for her chosson. I am part of the “Machon Chana family” as well, which is how I got to know this special young woman and why I took her to Elle Sheitels to begin with. The students are fortunate to have such caring staff at Machon Chana, B’H!