DEFENDING THE HONOR OF SHABBOS
I am not sure I can explain it, but the phone call I received from my father caused me to cry tears of joy. You see, people have given up their lives defending its honor, others have lost their livelihood upholding its sacred laws. So why would the sacrifice of $750.00 (a paltry sum in the scheme of life) be the cause of such an emotional reaction? It was, after all, a seemingly simple phone call to the travel agent to cancel the El Al ticket and re-ticket on the Continental flight the same night.
In any case, the gedolim stated that there is no cheshbon of hefsed mammon when chillul Shabbos is concerned. (READ-NURSING HOME ESCAPEES THAT CAN'T FIND THEIR MEDICINE!-UOJ)
After a bit of contemplation, I believe I have come up with the answer. It is these tangible actions, taken by parents such as mine, that teach us life lessons, or better yet, lessons in capturing nitzchiyos. While we may be able to read our children a nice story about the importance of Shabbos, there is nothing quite like seeing it put into action. This is the quintessential definition of “limud hameivi lidei maaseh.”
I was not going to squander this opportunity of relaying this valuable lesson to my children. During supper that evening, we discussed what their Zaidy had done and why his actions characterize the essence of what a Yid is all about. Not only did their Zaidy defend the honor of Shabbos, but he was also following the instructions of our gedolim -emunas Chachomim in its pure and unadulterated form.
I did not want the lesson to end at the supper table either. So I will iy”H be taking some of the older children to Newark Airport to escort our Totty and Zaidy to the gate. We have to, in some small way, begin to fulfill the Chazal, “If you honor the Shabbos, the Shabbos will honor you.”
We will be going to the airport with a large oak tag emblazoned with the words: “We are proud of our Zaidy who defends the honor of Shabbos.” I hope and pray that my children and I will remember this lesson for the rest of our lives. Thank you, Zaidy!
V.M.P.....(Victim of Metziza B'peh)
JACKIE MASON COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER!