What is keeping him? (a story of Moshe Leib)

It was the eve of the Day of Atonement, and the time to say Kol Nidre. All of the people had come to the Synagogue waiting for the rabbi. But the minutes ticked by and the rabbi Moshe Leib had not yet arrived.

One of the women was worried about her child that she had left asleep at home. So, she thought, “It may be a while before the rabbi gets here. I will go home and see if my child is all right.”

She hurried to the house and listened. Everything was quiet. She opened the door and there stood the rabbi holding the child in his arms gently rocking him. He had heard the child crying on the way to the Synagogue, so he went in and played with the child, rocked it and sung it to sleep.

Which is more precious in God’s sight? Ritual observance, praise, and public repentance, or acts of kindness, mercy, and love?


About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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