Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Bentzi and the Mystery in the Museum: Chapter 10

Shifra Glick

“Well, it’s not exactly a solution to the problem, but I have an idea that will please Reb Nissan and will also be fun for us!”

Wednesday, January 02, 2019



arrived first, and helped Yom Tov set out rice cakes and carrot sticks. Yoel got there as soon as we had finished.

“Let’s wait for Tulli,” I said, trying to postpone the moment when I would have to admit I hadn’t come up with any idea, and everyone would look shamefaced and admit they hadn’t either. I already knew they hadn’t. I saw it in Yom Tov’s and Yoel’s eyes.

We were chewing carrot sticks in silence [That’s impossible! Okay, okay, I know you meant without talking. Batya] when the door flew open and Tulli burst in, all excited. “Sorry I’m late, did you start yet?”

“No, we were waiting for you.”

“Good, so listen, we can have it at our house!”

“What can we have at your house?”

“Reb Nissan’s collection. We can put up shelves and display it properly,” Tulli explained. “Our house is really big, and we have a room that’s hardly ever used since my brothers are away at yeshivah.”

“Are your parents okay with this plan?” I asked.

“I didn’t ask them yet, I only thought of it just now, on the way over. But I’m sure they’ll agree.”

“Terrific!” Yom Tov exclaimed.

“Yes, that’s great!” I breathed a sigh of relief. “We’ll come over to put up shelves, and to arrange the display—”

Yoel crumbled a piece of rice cake on his plate. “But there’s a problem. This won’t make Reb Nissan happy.”

“Why do you always look for problems?” asked Yom Tov.

“I don’t! I’m just pointing out the problems I can’t help seeing in this plan. It’s really nice of you, Tulli, but think, it will be as if the collection is yours instead of his. We’ll be taking his collection from him and moving it to another place, far away.”

“But—” I began, and stopped. Yoel was right.

“It is pretty far,” Tulli admitted reluctantly. “So how about your place, Bentzi? You’re his neighbor right in the same building!”

“Who, me?” I laughed. “Our apartment is even more crowded than his, my mother barely lets me collect marbles for lack of space….  And there’s no way the Judaica collection would survive a single day within reach of my little brothers.”

“Even if you did have enough room, it wouldn’t be right to move his collection to someone else’s house,” argued Yoel. “Even inside the same building, it’s like it becomes someone else’s property. We have to find a solution in his own house.”

“But that’s exactly the problem. There’s no room in his house,” Tulli reminded him.

“So that’s it, there’s no solution,” I concluded gloomily, at the same moment Yom Tov said hesitantly, “Uh… I have an idea.”


“Well, it’s not exactly a solution to the problem, but I have an idea that will please Reb Nissan and will also be fun for us!”

(Excerpted from Mishpacha Jr., Issue 742)

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

Out with the Girls
Yonoson Rosenblum Another progressive revolution that eats its own
And I Will Glorify Him
Eytan Kobre Herman Wouk “made G-d a bestseller”
What You've Learned
Alexandra Fleksher Allow me to let you in on what school is all about
Going Broke
Mishpacha Readers Reader feedback for “The Kids Are Going to Camp..."
Top 5 Ways Jews Try to Lose Weight
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin Gaining weight and talking about losing weight
He Soaked Up Our Pain
Rabbi Yaakov Klein A tribute to Reb Shlomo Cheshin ztz”l
Leaving on a High Note
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman And then it happened. I knew it would
Family Matters
Baruch S. Fertel, MD, MPA, FACEP Not the answers they teach in medical school
Play the Night Away
Riki Goldstein May we all share simchahs, no strings attached!
Fast Thinking
Faigy Peritzman How we react when we're exempt from a mitzvah
Baalat Teshuvah
Rachel Karasenti Don’t ask, “So how did you become frum?”
Confessions of a PhD Graduate
Sarah Chana Radcliffe When it comes to parenting, we’re always learning
Dear Favorite Little Sis
Anonymous I ended up wanting to be like you
Who's Making My Phone Calls?
Sara Eisemann Should I be upfront that I’m calling for myself?