by Laizer Mangel
This past Friday, Menachem Muller and I visited a diamond merchant on our Mivtzoim route in the Diamond District of downtown Miami, FL.
When we stop by his office each week, he often expresses that although business could be better he really values our visits, and therefore gives Tzedaka so that we can continue with our activities.
This past Friday, when we stopped by his office, he wasn’t at his desk. We carried on with our regular visits throughout the building, helping men wrap Teffilin, distributing Shabbos candles to women, and handing out Challahs.
Before leaving, we tried our friend again and this time he was in. After sharing a Dvar Torah, he glanced up at his Mezuzah. “This was here before I moved in,” he told us. “Maybe you can have it checked. It might bring me some better luck.”
We had some difficulty taking the Mezuzah case off the wall, but as a jeweler, he had the proper tools to do so. As the case came off the wall, we were shocked by what it had been containing for all those years.
Instead of a parchment with Shma Yisroel written by hand, we found a plain piece of paper with printed words of Deuteronomy, seemingly cut out of an English-Spanish Old Testament book.
And if that wasn’t enough, there was also a rolled up U.S. dollar bill. It had writing in Spanish on it which we couldn’t read. (Maybe Spanish speaking COLlive readers can help out with that).
We have since purchased a beautiful Mezuzah for our friend and hopefully, together with the new Mezuzah, will come much success in his life and work. We found this to be an incredible display of the necessity to heed the Rebbe’s call of doing Mivtzah Mezuzah.