By Dovid Zaklikowski for COLlive and Hasidic Archives
Every Monday and Thursday, after the Torah reading in the resort town of Zeolsha, Pesach Kuper would collect money for the needy. All the congregants knew Pesach’s special tzedaka box and would drop a coin into it during the brief lull in the services.
Once, the fifth Chabad Rebbe Rashab was in town for medical reasons and prayed in the synagogue where Pesach Kuper collected.
After everyone placed their coins in the box, Pesach emptied it and brought the box to the Rebbe, who placed a few coins in it. Pesach planned to sell these coins for much more than their value, thus raising even more money for charity.
As the Rebbe prepared to place his coins in the box, Pesach said, “Please, Rebbe, have in mind [a blessing] when you place the coins in the box, for I sell the Rebbe’s coins.”
“There is a simple intention,” the Rebbe replied. “The more they give [for the coins], the better.”