This story happened last year to Chaim K., whose business
manufactures and supplies blinds to commercial and private
A day earlier he had been called by a builder to give a
quote for the supply of blinds to a new apartment block.
When Chaim arrived there -- as always, wearing his
yarmulke - - the builder, a giant of a man with
tattoos on both arms, greeted him with: "Are you Jewish?"
A little concerned, Chaim answered: "Yes, but what
difference does that make?"
The builder responded with: "The job is yours!"
No quote, no nothing!
A now-surprised Chaim asked him the reason for the puzzling
The builder replied that some 20 years ago his baby became
very sick on Xmas day. He tried calling doctors everywhere
but to no avail -- no one would come for at least several
Meanwhile the child was having convulsions and the parents
were getting extremely desperate. So they rushed him to
Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital.
Upon arrival they raced up to the duty nurse and asked if
there were any doctors available. She calmed down the
agitated parents and told them that they were extremely
lucky. Since it was Xmas, their baby would be cared for by
the very best specialists in town.
The anxious parents, who had just gone through hell trying
to find any doctor at all, were quite puzzled by her words
and couldn't understand what she meant, until she explained
that due to the holiday all doctors and specialists on duty
are Jewish and they are all first-class.
As she finished talking, a doctor wearing a yarmulke
hurried in, took the child and told the parents to relax
and not to worry as their son will be well-looked-after.
The boy needed immediate surgery which was indeed undertaken
and completed successfully and, as the nurse had said, all
the doctors in attendance were Jewish.
"To this day," the builder continued, "I am grateful to
those Jewish doctors and specialists who saved our son's
life. And that is why, once I realized you were Jewish, I
gave you the order without any further talk."
The gentile giant added: "There is no way that I am ever
going into a hospital on the Jewish New Year!"
Heard on 28th Kislev 5761, at the tikkun le'ilui
nishmas my father-in-law, Reb Yehudah (Leibish) b'r Moshe