Charity Wars

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There was a Chassid who, whenever he was approached with the request for a donation for charity, would stick his hand into his pocket and take out a few coins; then, with a hastily mumbled “just a minute…,” he would again dig into his pocket and come up with another few coins.

Someone who noticed his custom once asked him: “Why do you always give in two installments? Could you not take out the full sum you want to give at once?”

Replied the Chassid: “Every act of charity is a victory over our selfish natures. I just can’t resist the opportunity to score two such victories for the price of one!”

Adapted from the teachings of the Rebbe by Yanki Tauber

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