From the classical Yiddish writer I. L. Peretz comes the story of
a man and his encounters with a homeless little boy.
One day a man encounters a begging child on the street
while volunteering at a soup kitchen. For a small amount of money, the boy can receive
shelter and a modest amount of food. Concerned for the suffering boy, the man
gives him the money. The boy, however, continues to reappear at the soup
kitchen, causing much emotional and financial stress for the man. Though he can’t
reasonably afford to give the boy more money, the man continues to do so until
one day, he decides to stop. A meditation on what it means to be a pious and
charitable person, “The Poor Boy” is part of Peretz’s classic short story
collection, Stories and Pictures.
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