The Value of a Mitzvah

By Leibel Estrin


Once upon a time, two souls met each other at a crossroads. One was going to Heaven, the other was going to a body on Earth.

“Tell me,” the Neshoma on his way to this world asked, “What is it really like down there?”

“The world is a place where, once you earn a few kopecks (Russian coins), you can do a mitzvah and connect to G-d,” replied the Neshoma on his way up.

The Neshoma on his way down rejoiced. “All it takes is a few kopecks to connect to G-d? That’s fantastic.” And he rushed down to his new home in a body.

The Neshoma on his way up sighed, “Just wait until he sees what it takes to earn a few kopecks.”

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