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Dr. Mitzvah and the Bubble-Gum Glue

Yaffa Ganz

Everyone in Cedarville knew Dr. Mitzvah. Dr. Mitzvah wasn’t an ordinary sort of doctor. He did everything that regular doctors did, but he also took care of droopy plants and homeless kittens. He sat with cranky babies and sang songs to sick children. He repaired broken dolls and fixed old clocks and he always smiled. The sign in front of his house on Jericho Road said: Dr. Emaunel J. Mitzvah, D.M.E.: Doctor of Mostly Everything And that’s why, if you needed help of any kind, you came to Dr. Mitzvah.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Very early, one morning, Dr. Mitzvah was returning from shul. Unusually windy this morning, he thought. Interesting smell in the air too. I wonder what it is? As he opened the gate to his garden, his cell phone flashed Red. “That’s my Emergency Color! What could be happening so early in the morning?”

“Dr. Mitzvah here!” he answered.

“Thank Heaven you’re there! I know it’s very early but can you get here immediately?” said a breathless voice.

“Well now,” answered Dr. Mitzvah, “I’d be happy to oblige, but where is there? And who are you?”

“Oh, sorry. I’m so worried I forgot to mention. This is McMorfig, the keeper at the zoo. Something is wrong with all the animals. Every single one. They won’t get up. They won’t eat, or drink, or run or jump or hiss or roar. They all just lie there in their cages, half asleep, like sickly sacks of potatoes. The veterinarian doesn’t know what’s wrong, but I told him you’ll know for sure. Can you come right now?”


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