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A few weeks later, upon realizing that the stroller hadn’t appeared in the newsletter and may not surface for weeks, the young mother was determined to find the stroller’s rightful owner. So she followed the bus’s route and posted a notice at every bus stop from where she got off to the route’s end.

And the following day, while waiting for the bus, my daughter saw the notice.

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What a tremendous mitzvah of hashevat avedah (returning something to its owner) this busy young mother fulfilled – and to what amazing lengths she went.

I’ve learned a valuable lesson: Even when I think that an action couldn’t have been a mistake and that someone must have done something on purpose, I can certainly be wrong.

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Ann Goldberg and her family made aliyah from the UK over 30 years ago and live in Jerusalem. She is a web content writer and writing coach and runs writing workshops and e-mail courses. For more information visit anngoldbergwriting.com.
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