Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Parshas Mishpatim

Put Yourself In His Shoes

"Oh, just what I needed, another shnorrer (beggar)!!"said the man who opened the door as I was fundraising for my Yeshiva.

"That's Rabbi Flom!!" his embarrassed wife whispered to him.

"Please come in, Rabbi," he said, as if I could just ignore his rudeness. [Obviously, everyone has the right to choose his or her favorite charities etc., but no one has the right to be rude.]

"If you shall lend money to my people, to the poor that are with you, you shall not be to them as a demanding creditor..." (Shemos 22:24). Rashi says that whenever someone comes to borrow money from you, you should put yourself in his position (that is the implication of "the poor that are with you"). It certainly also applies to giving charity, giving advice, or any other way we are asked to help others.

Unfortunately, since I have been ill, I've had to be on the receiving end of chessed (which is certainly part of my nisayon, test, from Hashem). B"H, I've dealt with numerous chessed organizations, Darchei Miriam for example, on a daily basis,and never once was I made to feel like a shnorrer!!

Have a great Shabbos!!

Rabbi Chaim Flom


Text Copyright © 2008 by Rabbi Chaim Flom and Torah.org


 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON KEDOSHIM AND PESACH:

View Complete List

Liberate Yourself!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

Forget Your Belt...
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5762

Giving Thanks for Doors Opened
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5761

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

The Sound of Silence
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Would it Have Sufficed?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Empty Nest
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

"What Does God Say?"
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

The Meaning of Freedom
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

> In the Heart of “This Night”
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

A Deafening Silence
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Parshas Acharei Mos and Pesach
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5774

ArtScroll

Ha Lachma Anya
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5771

Self-Love: Is it Self-ish?
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Rachtza Through Shulchan Orech
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Of Demons and Goats
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information