Folktales of the Jews - Vol. 2

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A Boy and Girl Who Were Destined
for Each Other

TOLD BY HINDA SHEINFERBER TO HADARAH SELA

Once there were two friends. They were very close until they grew up, when each of them married in a different city. But they wrote to each other. Once a week, once every two weeks, once a month. Finally they stopped. Things went well for them. One of the two friends had no children. He went to visit the rebbe.* There he met his friend, and they were very happy to see each other, because they were such good friends.

"Why are you here?"

"Why are you here?"

They had both come for the same reason. Neither of them had children. So they told each other, "If we have children—one of us a son and the other a daughter—we will make a match between them."

God helped them. A son was born to one, and a daughter to the other. The father of the son was rich, but the father of the daughter was poor. This son, an only child, was pampered by his parents. They sent him to yeshivah.**

At the yeshivah there was a certain woman who sold bagels from a basket to the yeshivah students. She had a daughter. The mother took sick. There was no father, because he had passed away. So the daughter came to sell bagels. One young man saw her and started looking at her, which is not appropriate for a yeshivah student. But he had seen her before. He had seen her once when she was sitting on the second story, knitting, and the skein of yarn fell from her hand. He ran to pick it up—and then he saw her. When he saw her with the bagels and saw that she was very beautiful, very lovely, he fell in love with her.

The mother found out, since he kept walking near their house, but she knew that the young man was rich and would never marry a poor girl. She began to arrange a match for her daughter with an old man, because they

*A Hasidic rabbi.

"Jewish school of higher learning.

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