By COLlive staff
A young girl named Mussia Yitzchaki playfully hid an earring between the cushions of the couch in her parents’ rented apartment in Beer Sheva in southern Israel.
When her parents Rabbi Mendy and Gitty Yitzchaki went looking for the earring, they found more than they expected.
The Yitzchakis, who serve as Chabad Shluchim, were shocked to discover envelopes filled with cash, in US Dollars and Euros. When they counted it up, they estimated the value to be at least $100,000.
The Yitzchaki family had rented their apartment, which included a couch, from an elderly Jewish woman who spoke Yiddish, when she moved to a retirement home.
On Sunday morning, the Yitzchakis contacted the woman, and speaking to her in Russian, explained what had happened.
“While she was completely sharp and alert, we understood that she had no idea about the money,” Rabbi Yitzchaki said.
The Yitzchakis then contacted the woman’s son, who is a doctor. He soon arrived to retrieve the money, and was overwhelmed with emotion – both from the large amount but also the honesty of the Chassidic couple.
Rabbi Yitzchaki then suggested they follow up with another Mitzvah. The doctor, who is not an observant Jew, agreed to put on Tefillin.
The doctor said his father was a Holocaust survivor and he assumes the hidden money was the retribution funds he received.
“This is just like we learned in this week’s Parsha,” Rabbi Yitzchaki said. “The Jews found treasures in the walls.”
“The best part of the story, is the uncovering a Jewish neshama,” he noted.