How $37,500 Caused The Anti-Chareidi Israeli To Change His Mind

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Chaim Mualem, an Israeli man who by his own confession used to be anti-Chareidi, left a bag containing NIS 130,000 ($37,500) in cash near a bus station in Haifa, a Collive report said.

When he realized he lost his bag, Chaim frantically rushed to the bus station hoping he would find the money. He didn’t see the bag but a Chassidish bochur asked him if he needed help. When Chaim told him what he was looking for, he told him: “I came here 25 minutes ago and saw the bag. I opened it and saw a nice amount in there, so I told myself that I’ll wait here 15 minutes and if the person doesn’t show up, I’ll leave a note with my cellphone to reach me.”

“A half an hour passed and no one arrived, so I told myself that I better not leave since I live in Jerusalem and that person may need the money back right away.

“So I said a chapter of Tehillim praying for the success of the one who lost the money that he should return right away. Not even ten minutes passed, and you showed up!

“Just give me identifying signs about the bag and it’s yours. I need to run to shul…”

Chaim, who wrote his story on social media and included a picture of the bochur, said that he wanted to give the bochur some money for finding it but the bochur refused, saying: “It’s my mitzvah.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)




13 COMMENTS

  1. It’s nice to see the Yeshiva World News say something nice about Chareidim.

    The truth is that the Chareidim are the ones who run all the gemachim (free services). It’s not the anti-chareidim doing it. The Chareidi phone directory has about 60 pages of names of people giving free services, with about 50 names on a page.

  2. I need to move to Israel. If I have five dollars in my pocket my hand doesn’t leave my side to check it. This guy leaves bags of money laying around.

  3. It’s nice to see the Yeshiva World News say something nice about Chareidim.
    Chareidim are the ones who run most of the gemachim (free services). The Chareidi phone directory has about 60 pages of gemachim, with about 50 on a page.
    Let’s stop with the Charedei bashing.

  4. Too bad he wasn’t Lubavitch, maybe he would have persuaded him to pt on Teffilin. Either way it’a all about adam Lchvero. and btw don’t judge all non observant Israelis so quickly.