It was a typical day in the life of the Mitzvah Man. By now, our readers realize that no day for the Mitzvah Man is typical. The Mitzvah Man and the hundreds of Mitzvah Man Organization volunteers know to expect the unexpected. Doing hesed is their focus. What they do to earn a living does not define them.
On one “typical” day it was the Mitzvah Man who answered the ringing phone. On the other end was a woman named Annie. Her voice was choked with tears, and her words were not coherent.
The Mitzvah Man told Annie softly, “Please calm down. I can’t understand you. But don’t worry. You made the right call. With Hashem’s Help, everything will be fine. Take a deep breath and tell me why you called.”
The Mitzvah Man has become accustomed to frantic calls, but something in Annie’s voice told him this would be something unusual.
Annie tried her best to explain the situation in a clear voice, “My daughter’s wedding is in danger of being cancelled! We have been scrimping and saving to afford a modest affair. The pandemic has killed us financially. Now even the simple wedding we planned is looking like it’s impossible to do!”
The Mitzvah Man responded, “Annie, don’t worry. Hashem protects the hatan (groom) and kallah (bride). The wedding can’t possibly be cancelled. Tell me, how much do you need?”
Annie responded, “We are short $5,000. The manager of the wedding hall called today. The hall reservation and the catering service will be cancelled if we don’t come up with the money by next week! We also have no arrangements for music.”
“Annie don’t worry. We will figure something out” he assured her.
The Mitzvah Man hung up the phone and turned to Hashem, “I don’t see how in the world am I going to do this. Please help me.”
The Mitzvah Man has learned from being involved seriously in doing hesed that Divine Providence is always evident and that the more emunah and bitachon he has, the more Hashem provides.
Three hours later he received a call from his friend Jerry. Jerry told the Mitzvah Man, “I just made a fantastic real-estate deal and I’d like to give you $5,000 for your organization with the stipulation that it goes to a needy bride for her wedding.”
The Mitzvah Man was stunned. He answered Jerry, “Yes, there is a wedding coming up for a needy bride! I need this money as soon as possible.” Jerry told him where to pick up the check.
On the way to Jerry’s to pick up the check, someone who the Mitzvah Man did not know loudly called him by name, “Hey, Michael, wait!”
The Mitzvah Man answered the usual, “Can I help you?”
“I am a DJ and I know that you are involved with helping people. I would like to offer my DJ services free of charge for any needy bride’s wedding.” He handed the Mitzvah Man his card.
The wedding was a huge simha! The new couple was able to enter married life with dignity. There was plenty of delicious food and the entertainment was fabulous.
Regardless of who you are and what you can spend – Hashem Makes Everyone’s Wedding!