No better gift

Rabbi Aryeh Levin was known as the Tzadik (righteous one) of Jerusalem. He and his fiance’ were desperately poor when they got married. Before their wedding, he said to Tzipora Chana, “It’s customary in Jerusalem for a groom to give his bride a gift and for she to present one to her groom. But what can we do – since we’re both orphans and can’t afford to purchase any gifts?

“So, let’s give each other a gift that won’t cost any money. Let’s promise each other that during our marriage, we’ll be generous and forgiving to each other. This will be an incredibly wonderful gift that we can each certainly afford.”

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