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February 21, 2011 3:45 am at 3:45 am #595188tyMember
In Brooklyn, New York, Chush is a school that caters to learning-disabled children. Some children remain in Chush for their entire school careers, while others can be mainstreamed into conventional yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs. There are a few children who attend Chush for most of the week and go to a regular school on Sundays.
He then told the following story about his son Shaya.
As the next pitch came in, Shaya and his teammate swung the bat and together they hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shaya would have been out and that would have ended the game.
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That is the exceptional lesson of this episode. Too often we seek to find favor and give honor to those who have more than us. But there are people who have fewer friends than we, less money, and less prestige. Those people especially need attention and recognition. We should try to achieve the level of perfection in human relationships which the boys on the ballfield at Yeshiva Darchei Torah achieved.
Because if children can do it, we adults should certainly be able to accomplish it as well.February 21, 2011 4:22 am at 4:22 am #742878yogiboobooMember
this is a very old story and is in Rabbi Krohns book. This story makes me cry everytime. Let me tell you the good Yeshiva Darchei Torah does for the klal. First of all its a wheel chair accssible school. Secondly, there are a few kids in the school with handicaps and the love that the children has for those kids show no bounds. I watched dancing at a Bar Mitzvah of one of those boys and I was moved to tears. the kids were just unfreakin believable. Rabbi Yaakov Bender has done an amazing job teaching the proper chinuch to all of his talmidim. May he merit to see all his “children” grow to be real talmedei chachomim!February 21, 2011 1:48 pm at 1:48 pm #742881Feif UnParticipant
This story has been posted before, and I’ll write the same thing I did then. I personally know Shaya and his family. His father told me that R’ Krohn blew this story out of proportion. It wasn’t the last inning, the team wasn’t down by one run, and Shaya didn’t win the game. He simply asked if he could hit, and the boys stopped their game to give him a chance. They gave him the home run, true, but he was never picked up on their shoulders or anything like that.
It doesn’t take away from the message of what the boys did, but the details should be told truthfully.February 21, 2011 4:08 pm at 4:08 pm #742882TumsMember
Feif – All stories are embellished with time. It is the nature of how stories play telephone.February 22, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am #742883morah reynaMember
That is one of my favorite stories. Even after so many times every time i read it or tell it I cry. I am a big reader.
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