The Lottery Ticket and the Chofetz Chaim


A man once said to the Chofetz Chaim, “Rabbi, I have just bought a lottery ticket.  The winner of the lottery will receive a very large amount of money.  Could I please have a blessing from you that I will win, since the money I acquire will enable me to study Torah with peace of mind.”

The Chofetz Chaim gently blessed him, “May the Almighty help you study Torah with peace of mind.”

The man was disappointed the Chofetz Chaim did not bless him he would win.  It occurred to him that perhaps the Chofetz Chaim did not hear exactly what he had requested, so he repeated once more he would like a blessing he should win the lottery, this time in a louder voice.  Very calmly, the Chofetz Chaim reiterated the same blessing, word for word as before.  ~ Hachofetz Chayim as quoted by R’ Zelig Pliskin

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One Response to The Lottery Ticket and the Chofetz Chaim

  1. Rabbi Wolhendler says:

    Reblogged this on Gemara @ IDT and commented:
    Great Story!

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