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Flying Away from Problems

Flying Away from Problems

A wealthy Mexican Jew found himself in hot water. He was scheduled to face a court trial. If he was found innocent, he would retain his assets. But if he was found guilty, he would be left penniless. Numerous lawyers were involved in preparing his case. They tried every trick in the book in order to gain his acquittal. But he came to me anyway, asking for advice as to the winning argument which would set him free once and for all.

At first, I tried to evade his question. I was concerned about expressing my opinion on such a fateful decision. But the man would not leave me alone. He wanted to know what I thought was his best course of action.

This discourse took place on a Friday afternoon, shortly before the onset of Shabbat. Knowing that this man did not keep Torah and mitzvot, I decided to take advantage of this opportunity.

“Listen to me and observe the coming Shabbat. Do not answer the phone or do any other forbidden act. Go to the synagogue and completely remove all thoughts of your upcoming trial. I am certain that with Hashem’s help, you will yet see salvation.”

“Honored Rav, I cannot do it,” he cried.

But I was stubborn. “All of your assets depend on observing this coming Shabbat. If you keep Shabbat, you will merit tremendous blessing and see amazing deliverance. But if not, you are liable to lose the case, and with it, all of your earthly possessions.”

When the man saw how adamant I was, he finally capitulated and agreed to keep Shabbat according to halachah. On Motza’ei Shabbat, he called me up. He related that even though it had been terribly difficult for him, he had made every effort to keep Shabbat to the best of his ability. Now he asked for my advice regarding the court order.

“My advice is that on the day of the trial, you take your private jet and cross the border. Say that you are not feeling well. The trial will continue in your absence. I am certain that the merit of sacrificing your comfort for the sake of Shabbat will stand by you. Hashem will take care of everything.”

The man did as I advised. He did not make an appearance on the day of the trial. B’chasdei Hashem, the judges accepted the lawyers’ defense, and the man was acquitted.

 

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