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Jr. Tales: The Great Gumball Plan

Chaim Finkelstein

“We have to have nosh, Mommy,” he cried. “How will we have the energy to learn all night if we don’t eat a lot of nosh?”

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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"W

e must win that gumball machine!” cried Yudi Kraus. “It’s definitely the best prize that Rebbi is giving for the hasmadah contest.”

“I know!” agreed Shmuly Lefkowitz. “Rebbi had it on his desk all day yesterday. I couldn’t stop staring at it.”

“We’re going to win it!” said Yudi. “Rebbi said that whoever learns the most Mishnayos over Yom Tov can choose any prize they want. Let’s win the contest and choose the gumball machine.”

“Exactly!” said Yudi, “All we need to do is spend the whole Shavuos night learning together. It should be easy for us to learn at least a hundred Mishnayos.”

A hundred?” cried Shmuly. “If we’re up all night we should be able to learn at least a thousand.”

Yudi shrugged. “Maybe,” he said, “but we should try to learn at least a hundred. Once we learn a hundred, we can keep going until we learn a thousand.”

“Okay, Shmuly,” said Yudi, “It’s a great plan. See you in shul!”

“G’bye!”

Yudi went to his bedroom to get dressed for Yom Tov. Just then, there was a knock on the door.

“Hi, Yudi,” said his mother as she entered the room. “Can I ask you a question?”

“Of course, Mommy,” answered Yudi, “what’s the question?”

Mrs. Kraus, held up two very overstuffed shopping bags.

“What in the world is in these shopping bags?” she asked. “I found them on the bottom of the coat closet.”

Yudi looked at the bags.

“Oh, those!” he chuckled. “That’s my nosh for the gumball machine.”

Mrs. Kraus’s eyes opened wide.

“You’re going to put these huge bags of nosh into a gumball machine?”

“No, Mommy,” laughed Yudi. “I didn’t mean that I was going to put the bags into a gumball machine, I meant that the bags will help me win a gumball machine.”

Mrs. Kraus scratched her head. “What gumball machine are you talking about?” she asked.

 

“I’m sorry, Mommy,” said Yudi. “Let me explain.”

Yudi told his mother all about his rebbi’s hasmadah contest, and the gumball machine prize.

“But what’s all the nosh for?” Mrs. Kraus wanted to know.

Yudi was surprised.

“We have to have nosh, Mommy,” he cried. “How will we have the energy to learn all night if we don’t eat a lot of nosh?”

Mrs. Kraus frowned.

“I think you would learn just fine without the nosh,” she said. Suddenly, she noticed the time. “Oy, vey!” she cried. “It’s almost Yom Tov. Quick, put these bags away and get ready to go to shul.”

After davening, the family had a delicious seudah. When they had finished bentshing, Rabbi Kraus looked up at the clock.

“I’m going to leave in half an hour,” he told Yudi. “Are you sure you’re not too tired to stay up all night learning? You look like you’re about to fall asleep right now!” (Excerpted from Mishpacha Jr., Issue 710)

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