Love your next one like yourself.

(Leviticus 19-18)

אָמַר רַבִּי עֲקִיבָא: וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ, זֶה כְּלָל גָּדוֹל בַּתּוֹרָה
(Rabbi Akiva)

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Hugo Mendel ז“ל
1875 – 1956

Told by a contemporary witness:

More than 60 years ago I had the honor of meeting Hugo Mendel. He was a frugal man that was very careful with his money. I visited him once. He lived just outside the city in a small house. We had no cars back then so we had to take the bus and walk the rest of the way. I can still remember that when we were almost there a shepherd dog started barking. My companion wasn’t exactly fond of dogs. Just when he turned around to go back the door opened and Mr. Mendel greeted us. ‚Come in‘, he said, and added ‚Dogs that bark don’t bite.‘ So we came in and sat down with him. We talked about many things, one of the topics was charity. Mr. Mendel responded ‚Gentlemen, I have big plans when it comes to my money. When I’m no longer here, everything should go to an institution that is yet to be founded.‘
And that’s how it happened.