The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 7 June 2008 / 4 Sivan 5768

A Reliable Guarantor

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

"I desperately need a loan for a half year," said the newcomer to Yeshaya Jochovitzer. "Since I am new here I cannot provide any guarantor. Only G-d knows that I am an honest person and He can be my guarantor."

"There is no better guarantor," said Yeshaya as he extended the requested loan.

Half a year later the borrower smilingly returned to repay the loan, adding that the money had helped him to succeed in his business. But Yeshaya refused to accept the money, explaining that the Divine Guarantor had already repaid the loan by blessing him with an unexpected profit in the exact amount of the loan.

(A similar tale regarding Rabbi Akiva is found in the commentaries in the Mesechta Nedarim 50a.)

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