The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 23 January 2010 / 7 Shevat 5770

Perfect Timing

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

What perfect timing!

This was the reaction of the doctor in the hospital who had just received a unique gift from one of his longtime patients.

The gift was a beautiful wooden plaque upon which was inscribed in Hebrew and English the "Physician's Prayer" attributed to Maimonides. This seemed to be the ideal gift to a beloved doctor, something he could proudly display in his office.

But the doctor had other ideas.

"I appreciate your gift," he said, "but I already have one like it. With your permission I would like to present it to a young fellow who is finishing his internship this very day."

The patient also appreciated the perfect timing and gladly consented to the gesture.

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