Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Beggar at the Wedding

It was a beautiful spring day. My friend had invited me to her wedding at the Jewish synagogue located in the midst of a very nice neighborhood.

I arrived early to help the bride however I could. The hall was lovely. Everything about it celebrated the happiness of the wedding couple's commitment to each other.

Outside the synagogue I heard some kind of a hubbub. I went outside to see what was happening. On the sidewalk in front of the temple was a very shabbily dressed old man asking for handouts from the guests. (When the bride realized what was happening, she was very upset.)

To calm the scene, the rabbi went out and spoke with the man. The rabbi told the old beggar that rather than beg, he was invited to stay and rejoice with the other guests. The bride was beside herself that this shabby old beggar would be present at her most auspicious and memorable day.

Well, the rabbi entered back into the hall and told the bride that the beggar was a mitzvah - a good deed and a blessing at her wedding. With the rabbi's explanation, the bride relaxed and told others with pride of the blessing of a beggar at the wedding.

You see, once she chose to look at the situation differently, it stopped being an intrusion on her happiness and became a mitzvah to bless her wedding.

As the saying goes, "What you pay attention to determines what you miss." She saw only his exterior appearance until someone pointed out what it meant to do a good deed and invite him to eat.

This is a true story that happened many years ago. The couple is still together and I have never forgotten what it taught me.

And, so Dear Reader, may the coming year be full of good deeds (mitzvahs) and their attendant blessings on you.


  1. Love the story. Many mitzvahs to you, too.

  2. Very nice story. Mary

  3. Great story. I like the saying about what we miss. So true. sz

  4. That's definitely something to think about.................C

  5. many mitzvahs to you my friend.
    warm hugs,

  6. Thank you for such a wonderful message as we look forward to the new year Attitude is in fact everything.

  7. Many blessings in 2012 to you and those you hold dear.

  8. Totally, totally awesome!!!!
    Brought tears of joy to my eyes! Mary I.

  9. You are a blessing, Gail

  10. Such a sweet story and a good lesson. Thanks for sharing! Kate

  11. "Thanks R, that story that will stay in my head and my heart ♥" Ally

  12. Wonderful story! Leslie