INCREDIBLE: The Wheelchair Man and the Lost Girls in Orlando


By Rabbi Yechiel Spero

As many of you know, there were two young ladies who went missing on Shabbos. Boruch Hashem, they were found.

On Motzoei Shabbos, there was a group of men who set out from Boca Raton to go to Orlando to help in the search for these two young ladies. Someone rented a very large van, and a bunch of people pulled up at three o’clock in the morning so they can help find these girls.

All of a sudden, a fellow in a wheelchair comes to the search van along with everyone else. The driver of the van looks at him and says, “I am so sorry. I don’t have a handicap van. I can’t take you along on the search.”

The fellow responded, “I know that.”

The driver said, “You know that?”

And he said, “Yeah. But I said to myself, ‘I have to do whatever I can.’ And I can come up to the van. That is what I can do. Maybe I cannot get on to the van, and maybe I can’t even help with the search, but I have to do what I can do. And so I came here, because that’s as far as I can go.”

The fellow, the driver of the van, told this story as he was crying and overwhelmed with emotion to see such mesirus nefesh, such unbelievable devotion and dedication from one Jew to another.

It needs to serve as a mussar haskeil for all of us. We need to do whatever we can. There are no excuses in this world for not trying. There is no doubt in my mind that it is partially because of his mesirus nefesh that these girls were found. It is because he did his utmost that the Ribono Shel Olam says, “You know what? I’ll take over from here. I’ll make the rest happen.” And boruch Hashem the two girls were saved.

There are a lot of people to help. There are many Jews who need help, and we can’t do everything for everyone. But we can do the most that we can do. No more excuses. Let’s get to it.

{Rabbi Yechiel Spero – Newscenter}