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How Rabbi Shimshon Pincus Saved his Student’s Marriage

"I want you to use this check to fix your teeth, because in my opinion, many of your problems are simply due to the fact that you barely smile" A remarkable story about Rabbi Pincus zt "l

01.07.18 | 23:46
How Rabbi Shimshon Pincus Saved his Student’s Marriage
A couple from Ofakim in Israel contacted Rabbi Shimshon Pincus concerning various problems that had beset them in their home. During the course of the conversation Rabbi Pincus asked to speak privately with the husband. He said to him, “I’ve noticed that you barely smile, is there something wrong?"
 
The husband replied, "Yes, my front teeth are broken and ugly, and I don’t feel comfortable smiling and exposing them to people." The Rabbi asked if there was a way of treating the problem; the husband replied that with advanced medical care, his teeth could be restored to their natural look.
 
"So why are you neglecting the treatment?" Asked the rabbi warmly, and the husband replied, "I cannot afford the enormous expense of the treatment."
 
"So?" Rabbi Shimshon asked him the following question: "Tell me, how much will the treatment cost you?" The man mentioned a very high sum, though Rav Shimshon was not deterred, he immediately wrote a check for the entire amount. He said, "Please use this check to repair your teeth, because in my opinion many of your problems are simply due to the fact that you barely smile", fix your teeth and then we’ll speak"...
 
Needless to say, the situation at home improved dramatically after the husband began to smile.
 
This story was recounted by Rabbi Avraham Deutsch, who added an equally wonderful continuation.
 
Rabbi Deutsch approached Rabbi Pincus and asked: "I know that you are very precise when it comes to expenses at home, even the necessary ones – how could it be that the Rav wrote out a check of such a large sum for ‘another’ just like that?!"
 
Rav Pincus scolded his student and said "One who doesn’t feel another Jew like a son, lacks perfection in the service of G-d - so I would like to ask you: 'if he was called 'Pincus' wouldn’t I have spent that kind of money on him?
 
This was the noble way of Rabbi Pincus zt "l: to feel the 'other' - as his son, and by this approach it is no wonder how he was able to humble himself and travel every day for two weeks in a row to the infantry department of the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem to bottle-feed a premature baby, to offer himself as having enough spare time on the eve of Passover for a lonely widow who did not even know his name, to travel from Ofakim to Jerusalem back and forth in the middle of the night to help a yeshiva student in distress, and many more countless acts of kindness, some of which are known to us, and some which will remain undisclosed.
 
From the recommended book ‘VeOhavav Ketzeit Hashemesh Bigvurato', courtesy of the Dirshu website
 
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