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Young woman shouting into a megaphone that is drawn on the wall next to her

Do you know the classic story of Chaim, who topples from a mountaintop and becomes ensnarled in a tree branch? Dangling above the abyss, he calls out, “Help! Help!”

A great voice from above booms out, “My son, do you have faith in me?”

“Yes. Oh, yes, Lord,” avers Chaim.

“Then let go of the branch,” bellows the voice.

“What did you say?”

“Let go of the branch,” repeats God.

A pause, then Chaim asks, “Is there anyone else up there?”

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