True Story: You Are Never Alone

by Yossi Katz

As told by Rav Moshe Weinberger

There is a wonderful person, a talmid chochom, who is also blind. When this fellow was a young boy, he wanted nothing more than to be like a regular child. Since he couldn’t see and he lived in a busy neighborhood, his mother would walk him to school each day.

When he was eight or nine years old, he kept pestering his mother to let him walk to school by himself. It was embarrassing for him to be seen still holding onto his mother’s hand. At this point, he had been walking to school for many years already and was very familiar and comfortable with the route there. He planned to arrive at the big intersection and wait until someone was kind enough to safely help him cross.

After some time, his mother agreed to let him walk to school on his own. It was the happiest day of his life. He reviewed the plan with his mother and set off all by himself.

Just as planned, he counted his steps, got to the big intersection and someone helped him safely cross. He eventually arrived at school, ever so proud.

Posted at the school entrance, was a very friendly guard. When the guard saw the boy, he greeted him warmly, “Wow, David Shapiro*, look at you! Isn’t that something.” The boy felt like a million dollars. Then the guard continued, “And Mrs. Shapiro, isn’t it nice to see you too.” The swoosh of a bicycle was overheard, as it passed from behind David.

Just like a loving, caring Jewish mother, Hashem is always watching over us!

*the name has been changed

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