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Lifetakes — Regret in Aisle 4

Miriam Schwartz

Some people acquire their Olam Haba in minutes. Could I have lost mine for $8?

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

As she came closer, I recognized her. She’s asked me for tzedakah in the past. “Please,” she asked, in her accented English. “Something for me for Shabbos.” I searched through my wallet, but came up empty-handed. “I’m sorry. I have no money on me.” I gave her an apologetic smile, and hoped she appreciated my sincerity. I had no cash on me at all. I resumed my search for cream and heard her ask me to buy her something for Shabbos. She’s kidding, right? We’re in the pharmacy, and I’m in a rush.


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