No, the title of this post is not a new kids TV show! It is an unbelievable story which has been spread since it was posted on Facebook recently by a student at Yeshivat Hakotel who is currently serving in the IDF.
The story is truly remarkable.
Read it below!
This morning, after an all night learning mishmar at Yeshivat HaKotel, I took the first bus of the morning in all of Yerushalayim, the 5:01am bus #1 from the Kotel to the Tachana Merkazit and I met a Tzaddik. The driver, who’s name is Dudu Cohen is an incredible person, and here’s why:
Every morning, many very elderly ladies finish saying tehillim at the kotel, and walk across the Kotel Plaza with their walkers to the bus stop. Dudu knows them all by name, positions the bus perfectly to make it easy for them to get on, gets up out of his seat to help them himself, and greets them with a big smile and jokes. He also makes sure that “his regulars” are on the bus before he leaves, even if they can’t make it to the stop fast enough. As we drove through the empty early morning streets of Yerushalayim, Dudu waved and shouted out the window a “Boker Tov” to everyone we passed, wishing them well, each person by their name. I asked him how he knew everyone. He said that he had driven this bus for a very long time, and the same people come every single morning for years and years, rain or shine. He also mentioned that he left driving a few years ago when his pension set in. I asked him how it could be that he was still working if he was in pension. And then I realized how much of an amazing person Dudu is. He said that after he left driving, he got calls from those same elderly ladies every day, telling him to come back because the new bus driver didn’t help them, wasn’t accommodating to them, and didn’t make extra stops near their houses to provide them with a shorter walking distance.
So, a few years after he retired and is in pension, Dudu wakes up every morning at 4am, drives this one bus at 5:01, goes to תפילה at sunrise, and continues on being retired.
“I do it for them” he told me. “Hopefully Hashem will give me strength to help them for many more years.”
Dudu, the צדיק נסתר, the driver of earliest bus line in Yerushalayim.
“מי כעמך ישראל, גוי אחד בארץ”