Section:  Avodah   Category: Ahavas Yisroel
A Little Orphan And A Big Hearted Community
Last Motza'ei Shabbos the famed tzaddik and inspirational speaker from the Mir Yeshiva, Rav Binyomin Finkel received a request he couldn't refuse, although he was hoping to spend the night home with his family.  It was from a representative of the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok community. 

For those who haven't heard of them, Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok is a Yerushalmi group based in  Mei'ah She'arim.  They are a poor group and although very commendable that they stick to their principles, it doesn't help financially that their ideology prevents then from accepting any money from the Israeli government.  They need to raise enormous amounts of money for their many Mosdos including their educational institutions, which also do not accept the funds that all other educational institutions in Eretz Yisroel rely on to survive.  They also raise money for hachnasas kalla, food for the poor, as well as for medical emergencies and other disasters that take their toll on a large community.

In every society their are the downtrodden and forgotten people, the widows and orphans.  With all the problems facing society and the limited resources with which to deal with them, the widows and orphans who have no one to fend for them usually end up on bottom.  Not in Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok.  The caller that Motza'ei Shabbos asked Rav Finkel if he would speak at a Shabbos retreat that was organized to give these young orphans a break from the pressures of everyday life, and let then enjoy themselves in an atmosphere of tranquility, where they don't stand out.

A request like this, Rav Finkel could not refuse.  So he agreed to travel an hour each way and return home in the early morning hours, just to help lift these children's' spirits.  When he got there he wanted to speak about how Hashem knows the needs of each individual, and even when someone is dealt a blow by Hashem it is measured precisely and not an ounce more is given to him.  He wanted to bring this out from Yosef's journey down to Mitzrayim in a caravan of fine smelling spices despite all the trouble he had gone through.

As a prelude to his thought, Rav Finkel asked the children if they knew why Hashem went through the trouble of sending an unusually a fine smelling caravan to take Yosef to Mitzrayim.  One little orphan boy raised his hand and said, "Yosef suffered so much, 'at least that' Hashem did for him".  Words from a little orphan boy that can break your heart.

An orphan's life is very difficult as they cope with the loss of their financial and emotional pillar of strength.  This is doubly difficult in a society that has many needs and vitally few resources.  Yet  the good people of Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok who themselves have nothing, answer the cry of the orphans and say "At least that".  It is because of this attitude that it seems like the entire Toldos Avorohom Yitzchok community is up early every morning, fanning out across Yerushalayim collecting in every shtiebel, for widows, orphans, and sick parents with lots of children.

May we, who have it so good comparatively speaking, learn the valuable lesson that the poor community of Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok teaches by example.  We should stop looking up at the people who have more and focus our attention looking down at the people who have less.  We should open up our wallets, and even more so our hearts, and give without any chesbonos, even if it is difficult.  We should say to ourselves "at least that". Mi K'Amcha Yisroel!