The Joy of Paying Fines for Traffic Violations Tickets on the 17th of Tammuz

By Yishai - Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
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Today, I went to the post office to retrieve a package. That in itself took a long time. Long line at the post office, as lots of my Ishmaelite cousins pay bills there.

Anyway, you know how it goes, you get a package ticket in the mail and you look forward to seeing the actual package. Because you don’t really know who it’s from or what it contains there is some excitement which builds until you get the actual parcel.

So the moment finally came. I made it through the line and the post-man finally found my package. It was actually three packages. Actually three letters. Three letters from the police. That’s not good.

Three traffic violations caught on camera in the same exact place three days in a row. Included are 250 NIS fine each. That’s 750 NIS! Must be a mistake.

So I go to the police. They were very nice and they showed me the actual photographs of my violation. Yes, it was me, making a turn unto a public (bus and taxi) lane. Bad Yishai!

The nice Police woman told me that she would make a call for me, to see if I could get a reduced fine. The less-nice police women on the other end of the line said that there is nothing to do. Pay up.

The nice cop lady said she was sorry that she could not help. I told her that it’s ok. You see, I told her, my sister is going in for serious surgery tomorrow, to cut out some cancer – so this is no big deal. Maybe these three tickets are a kapara, an instrument of forgiveness, for me, and hopefully, my sister.

So I went to another post office to pay. But they want cash to pay this ticket. But I don’t have that kind of cash on me. So looks like I have to pay it tomorrow – on the 17th of Tammuz – the minor Jewish fast day which commemorates the breach of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple.

So tomorrow morning I will go, with the help of G-d, and pay money to the coffers of the renewed city of Jerusalem on the 17th of Tammuz, the day that marks the beginning of Jerusalem’s destruction so many years ago.

If there will ever be a man who will be happy to pay traffic violation tickets on a fast day, it will be me, tomorrow, in the renewed Jewish Quarter post office. I will pay it with every intention to take part in the rebuilding of Jerusalem on this special day. I will also be carrying a prayer in my heart that this “charity” will be a merit for my sister, Rachel Chaya bat Zhenia Tziona who will have a speedy recovery and will be totally healed – like Jerusalem.

Your prayers are also appreciated for both.

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4 Responses to “The Joy of Paying Fines for Traffic Violations Tickets on the 17th of Tammuz”

Comment from MattWritesBlog
Time July 19, 2011 at 2:36 am

I really like how well you’re taking this by turning what could be a negative into a positive. G-d Bless You and may your sister heal through the help of Hashem.

Comment from Greg
Time July 19, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I’m sure that paying fines for violating the law you admitted to is as much charity as your hiding behind your wife’s skirt and failing to post my comments is an act of practicing truth and courage.

I answered Malkah honestly, kindly and yet, because it’s not posted gives the reader of your forum the impression I can’t, or accuse Jews of being filthy. If you deal this way, how can you claim to live by either truth or courage? You take pains to observe minor traditional holidays yet chuck truth and courage out the window… just idle talk to you.

But then again, if you consider paying your fine an act of charity, you’re definitely the wrong person to talk with.

Comment from leah schreiber
Time July 21, 2011 at 6:36 am

thanks so much for your inspiring viewpoint
(a speedy refuah shleimah to your sister)
Its a breath of fresh air to hear the love of our homeland israel in your words.gotta admit, dont hear it too often here.

hatzlacha raba in all your holy work

Comment from s. c
Time July 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Yishai, Hashem bless and heal your sister completely. Amain.

Hashem bless you and Malkah and Leah.
Thanks for all you do.