No Car, No Sheep

 A bit over two years ago, I reported how my car was stolen on Yom Kippur.  Amazingly, we got the car back, damaged and “smelling bad” from being filled with stolen sheep.  The car was recovered with said sheep inside.  I even posted a complete set of pictures.

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Bringing our car was like bringing a bit of “home” to Israel.  Not often you get to see a picture of a car with Ohio license plates sitting in front of a 2000 year old Roman ruin.

Alas, a sad postscript to the story: the car was stolen again, over Shabbat (Last time it was stolen on Yom Kippur; I guess thieves here like holidays).  We added an alarm system, the key (which has a special code) was secure, but to no avail.  The insurance investigator said that the alarm, codes, etc., only slow knowledgeable thieves down by about 3 minutes, and prevent maybe 15 to 20% of car thefts.  It’s been the better part of two weeks and the car hasn’t been found; my guess is this time it’s gone for good.

There’s no way we’ll be able to replace the car with something as good with what we’ll get from the insurance; not to mention the sentimental value lost of not having our car that we brought from America.  

This week we read Torah portion Mishpatim, which includes a passage describing the penalty that thieves should pay.  It was a little painful reading that section this week…

Reb Barry

PS: If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed it looks “different.”  That’s because I’ve moved from Typepad to WordPress for my platform.  You’ll also notice there’s a new menu that has links to various resources.

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Barry Leff

Rabbi Barry (Baruch) Leff is a dual Israeli-American business executive, teacher, speaker and writer who divides his time between Israel and the US.

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