Giving It His All
David Epstein was a wealthy philanthropist in his community and often received visits from those seeking tzedakah at his house. One evening, David received a knock and the door where a tearful man addressed him, “Sir you have got to help! There is a family that I know very well that is in desperate need of money. The father has been out of a job for over a year, they have five kids at home with barely a bit of food to eat. The worst part is, that they are about to kicked out of the house and they will be left on the streets without a roof over their heads!” The man concluded with one last heart wrenching sob.
“Well,” said David, “that really is a sad story. Why don’t you come inside and we’ll talk about it a little more.”
“So how much money is needed exactly?” asked David when they were both seated.
“Oh it’s really terrible”, said the man starting up again, “why just for the rent $3000 is needed by tomorrow otherwise they’ll be kicked out onto the streets.”
“How do you know so much about this situation?” asked David as he reached for his check book.
“Well,” said the man breaking down once more “they are my tenants.”