Section: Stories Category: Gadlus
|Rav Shraga Feivel Mendelovitz, The Delicate Art Of Fundraising|
|When Rav Shraga Feivel Mendelovitz embarked on a fundraising mission to finance his Yeshiva, his first stop was in Scranton to a wealthy former talmid who had left practicing Judaism behind. Rav Shraga Feivel hoped that he would lavish some of his incredible wealth on the Yeshiva where he spent his childhood.|
The wealthy Talmid greeted his old rebbi graciously. He was expecting a warm bracha despite his wayward path, since after all Rav Shraga Feivel came to get money from him. To his shock, Rav Shraga Feivel took one look at him and said, "Woe is unto me. I am destined to burn in Gehinom for raising a Talmid that turned out like you!"
The wealthy former talmid was taken aback and deeply moved by his rebbi's purity and integrity. Even for money he would not show false favor. The Talmid then gave a generous donation to the Yeshiva. (Shlucha D'Rachmana)