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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Million-Dollar Mattress Tossed - "Gam Zu Letova"

From VIN News:

Tel Aviv, Israel - An Israeli woman threw out an old mattress - not realising it was stuffed with her mother's $1 million life-savings.

The culprit, identified only as Anat, had bought the new bedding as surprise for her elderly relative.

But her mother only told her about the hidden stash of money after the old mattress had already been thrown away. And when she went to look for the mattress, it had already been taken by binmen in Tel Aviv.

Anat's actions sparked a frantic - and so far fruitless - search through tons of rubbish at three landfill sites in Tel Aviv.

Yitzhak Borba, a manager at one of the dumps, said she appeared 'totally desperate' but the mattress was hard to find amid the 2,500 tonnes of rubbish left every day.

He said he had increased security at the site to keep would-be treasure hunters at bay.

For her part, Anat said it could be worse. 'People have to take everything in proportion and thank God for the good and the bad,' she said.

Berachot 54a:

חייב אדם לברך על הרעה כשם שמברך על הטובה
שנאמר ואהבת את ה׳ אלהיך בכל לבבך וגו׳ בכל לבבך בשני יצריך ביצר
טוב וביצר הרע ובכל נפשך אפילו הוא נוטל את נפשך ובכל מאדך בכל
ממונך ד״א בכל מאדך בכל מדה ומדה שהוא מודד לך הוי מודה לו


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