A young Chabad woman from the Israeli village of Kfar Chabad goes on a weekly basis to distribute Shabbos candles to Israeli women.
In order to leave enough time for Shabbos preparations in her home, she does her Mivtza Neshek rounds on Thursday afternoons.
This week, as she was visiting women and reminding them about Shabbos, she realized that it was getting late and she hadn’t davened Mincha.
In fact, her watch showed that she had 7 minutes left until sunset. She walked into a nearby store.
The store owner, who was also a woman, agreed to the Lubavitcher’s request to stand in a quiet corner of the store and daven.
As she was concluding her davening, the store owner’s son walked into the shop. For a moment, he seemed shocked at the unlikely scene in the store of a person davening.
Then, the man asked the Lubavitcher woman: “Does this mean I have 2 more minutes to put on Tefillin?”
You actually have 3 minutes until sunset, she replied with a smile.
The man ran out of the store, commenting to his mother, “I’m going out for a moment to put on Tefillin.”
By the time the Lubavitcher concluded her davening, the young man was already back and grinning that he received a reminder just in time.
“I went to help others with the Mitzvah of Shabbos candles and ended up also helping with the Mitzvah of Tefillin,” she commented.