Regina Margareten gazed out her office window in the Horowitz Brothers and Margareten matzah factory. It was a scene she had witnessed many times since the stock market crashed in 1929. Bread lines stretched for miles, and beggars lined the streets. "Some people don't even have enough money for a slice of bread," she worried.
The sight reminded Margareten of her arrival in America in 1883. She was penniless like these beggars but worked day and night to build a successful business, leaving the factory only on Shabbat.
Suddenly, Margareten heard a soft knock at the door. A thin man with sunken cheeks and a tired expression peeked in.
"Excuse me, ma'am," he began. "I have no money.... I'm very hungry. The bread lines are so long that I often don't make it to the front until after all the food is gone. Please, I..."
"You're just in time," she replied, offering the poor man a seat. "I was about to taste today's batch of matzot and would be honored if you would join me. I could use a second opinion."
"Thank you, ma'am," he beamed. "Rumor has it that no beggar who comes to Regina Margareten's factory leaves with an empty stomach, and now I believe it."
A successful and compassionate businesswoman, Regina Margareten, head of her family's matzah bakery, never neglected to help those in need. She is described as the "matriarch of the kosher-food industry