The following story happened to a bochur in Yeshiva Schools and Lubavitch Center of Pittsburgh Mesivta this past Friday (4/27/12) on mivtzoim:
A bochur from Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh Mesivta was in front of a major grocery store doing mivtzoim when he saw a man nearing. “Are you Jewish?” he asked.
The man replied, “Yes, but I don’t want your stuff!”
So he asked the man, “What don’t you want?”
“You want me to put on Tefillin. I’m not interested. Judaism is fake.”
And then the man added, “I invested with Bernie Madoff, and he stole all my money, and slaughtering animals is painful to the animals and cruel etc.”
The man was going on and on, while walking into the store, then to the bakery. All the while, the bochur followed him around, listening to his rant.
Then the man told the bochur that he tried out all different religions and that he now lives in Arizona, but was in Pittsburgh because he was totally broke – he didn’t even own a cell phone!
As the man started to get into his car, with the bochur still listening to him, he began to tear up…
The bochur, feeling a little uncomfortable, pulled a $10 bill out of his pocket and slipped it into the man’s pocket and blessed him that with G-d’s help you will become a millionaire starting with these ten dollars.
With that, the man began to sob, and told the bochur that never had a person in the street give him money. “Usually it was the other way around.”
The man agreed to put on Tefillin. The bochur then told him to pour his heart out to Hashem. The person, while crying, spoke to Hashem for some time, then he screamed out “Hashem, I love you!”
Then he took the bochur’s hand and started to dance, all while still wearing Tefillin. After this whole saga, the man said, “I can’t take your $10 because your dad’s going to be upset that you gave away the spending money that he gave you.”
The bochur answered that his father would be very proud and happy that he gave the money away. The man however insisted on returning the money.
Then and there the bochur called his father and put the phone on speaker phone, telling his father who he planned to give $10 to and asked his father what he thought about that.
His father told the man that he was very proud, and that those were the best $10 dollars that he would have ever spent.
With that, the bochur asked the man to promise that whenever someone would ask him to put on Tefillin, he would agree without an argument and the man readily agreed.
That’s the end of this story that happened to a bochur from the Mesivta this past Friday…But who knows?