The Mayor And Rabbi Meir
I tend to lose things. It’s not something to be proud of. Last week I lost my wallet! I was hysterical and retraced my footsteps to everywhere I went, from Gourmet Glatt to the cleaners and everywhere in between, including Cedarhurst Justice court (to pay yet another parking ticket). No one had it. I was devastated.
I was told by friends and family alike to put some charity into the mail to Rabbi Meir Baal Haness. I don’t know the reason behind it, but if you say the pasuk of Rabbi Meir three times and pledge some tzedakah, you may find a lost item! I davened and hoped that Rabbi Meir would come through once again.
Thursday passed, and then Friday. Right before Shabbos, I ran out on an errand and, upon returning, my housekeeper handed me a business card from Mayor Parise. There is a language barrier between us, so I don’t know if the mayor actually came to the door or if he had his driver give her the business card. I was so confused. Then on Shabbos it dawned on me! I said to my husband, “You think the mayor found my wallet?” So my witty husband responded, “Rabbi Meir sent the mayor!”
It sounded far-fetched to me, but lo and behold after Shabbos there was a message from Cedarhurst court that they had found my wallet and the mayor tried to return it but didn’t feel comfortable leaving it with someone who was not the owner. How amazing, and what a special mayor we have—even if Rabbi Meir had something to do with it.
Thank you so much for the new column “Sports Center” by Judah Rhine. We are living in a time in which kids are looking up to celebrities (with all their latest antics) as heroes, and social-media sensationalism unfortunately dominates our youth’s interests. It is refreshing to see a focus on frum kids who are athletes in our own schools and communities. These are kids we can be proud of, and whom other kids can relate to as being one of them.
Sports are a healthy outlet for teens who have a dual curriculum and many other pressures on their plates. Yeshiva League basketball provides athletes with that necessary outlet, as well as a safe and positive place for athletic supporters to go cheer on their friends and foster school spirit at games. It is a safe place to fraternize for teens. I look forward to reading more updates on the league this coming year from Mr. Rhine.