Kindness truly crosses generations, religions, and peoples. Here’s the incredible story of two handyman brothers who discovered that their elderly client was a holocaust survivor. Afterward, they decide to honor the woman, in the only way they knew how. Then, their story of making one woman’s life so much easier went viral…
The Holocaust Survivor
Rosa Meir is a 95-year-old woman living in Haifa, Israel, and a Holocaust survivor. One day, Meir noticed a leaking pipe in her home. As any of us would, she tried turning off the faucets a couple of times – but the leak continued. So, Meir went ahead and called a local plumbing company.
The plumbing company turned out to be run by two Arab brothers, Simon and Salim Matari, who work as brothers together. Thankfully for Meir, the two brothers are incredibly decent men. After hearing the worry and stress in the 95-year-old‘s voice, Simon and Salim pushed back their schedule so they could quickly come over and fix the plumbing issues.
“Her Life Story Touched My Heart”
The Matari brothers quickly arrived at Meir’s house – only to discover the leak would not be an easy fix. “When we got there, we saw there was a large blast of water, and we started fixing it,” Simon told local news. The fix quickly turned into a massive project: Simon and Salim worked for hours, constantly hauling trucks to and from their truck.
At some point, “while working, my brother Salim started to talk to Rosa about her life. She told us she’s 95, a Holocaust survivor, and that she has a daughter,” Simon recalled. However, the story did not end there. The Matari brothers felt incredibly moved by Meir’s incredible survival story. So much so, in fact, that they made a decision right there and then: “Her life story touched my heart. At that moment, I decided I won’t take a cent from her,” Simon Matari said.
Until A 120 Years!
When the Matari brothers finished their work, they handed Meir her bill – and she was shocked! The total of the bill came out to a single number: zero. Instead of a regular bill, the brothers simply wrote, “Holocaust survivor, may you have health until 120.” “Until a 120” is a common phrase in Israel – a sort of a blessing, either on birthdays or a way to say thank you: “May you live a long healthy life until up 120 years.” As you might imagine, Meir felt extremely touched and surprised. “The brothers really surprised me,” she said. “It was so moving and uplifting, and I thanked them a lot.”
The Matari brothers estimate that the job cost them around a thousand New Israeli Shekels (about $292). However, they would not take a cent from this strong, inspiring woman. And they didn’t stop there! The brother plumbers took it a step further, promising Meir she could call them with any further plumbing problems, for free, forever. “Our purpose is to help people. Money is important, but it’s a lot more important to be good human beings,” the Matari brothers said.
In the following days, the story went viral on Facebook and Twitter. Users shared and commented on the local story hundreds of times. “This is Beautiful! Blessed are those who show Mercy, Mercy shall be theirs,” wrote one commenter “God bless you for your most compassionate act to one who has gone through unspeakable torture during her lifetime. Thanks for caring.”