Once there was a family living outside Paris, France. The parents, named Chaim and Miriam, were farmers. They grew cabbage, beets, potatoes, radishes, celery, lettuce, and tomatoes in the field behind their house. Their three daughters, Rachel, Naomi, and Aliza, spent their days in school. They studied hard. When they came home from school, they helped their parents. Sometimes, they weeded the fields. At other times, they worked in the small store attached to their house, selling the produce their family grew.

There were good years and bad years. But no matter how bad things got, the family always gave away some of their money to charity. If a beggar knocked on their door, he would be offered a hot meal, a place to sleep, and a few coins.

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