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Sep 25 2017, Tishri 5, 5778
Torah reading: Ha'Azinu

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You are Better than Me

The Chozeh of Lublin once conversed with a simple Jew that was resolute in his fulfillment of the Mitzvot. “I am jealous of you,” remarked the Chozeh, “for you are more righteous than I am. I Rebbe is forced to be religious as his actions are constantly under watch.” “If, G-d forbid, the Chozeh will … Read more

More Important than Gold

Once, R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev saw a Jewish man with styled hair, like the custom of gentiles. R. Levi Yitzchak said to him: “My son, why do you grow a forelock, this is prohibited as it follows the custom of the Amorites? (See Tosefta, Shabbat Ch. 8)” The individual excused his actions saying: “I … Read more

Show them Love

R. Meir of Premishlan would recount that his Rebbe, R. Chaim of Chernovitz – the Be’er Mayim Chaim – had a son that did not go on the proper path. Rather than distancing himself from him, he took care of all his needs. He would lift his eyes heavenward and say: “Master of the universe, … Read more

“Ah” & “Oy”

R. Yissachar Dov of Belz once took his young son to immerse in the mikvah. Initially, when the young boy placed his feet in the frigid waters he yelled out “oy oy.” However, after he exited and warmed up a bit, he said with satisfaction “ah ah.” His father remarked: “My son, this is the … Read more

Truly a Fool

R. Yisrael of Ruzhin remarked that he was never able to understand the statement of Shlomo (Kohelet 4:13), the wisest of men, that the evil inclination is an “old and foolish king.” It is understandable that he is referred to as a king, as he rules and overpowers the individual. It as well is understood … Read more

Jealous of the Sinner

R. Levi Yitzchak once approached a sinner who was known as a difficult tormentor and ruffian and told him that “it is possible that I should be jealous of you.” When the man was perplexed as to how, R. Levi Yitzchak explained: ‘Our sages state (Talmud, Yoma 86b) “repentance is so great that premeditated sins … Read more

Removing the Sickness

The Dubna Maggid once sought a donation from a miserly individual who never gave charity from his great wealth. When he came to the man’s house, the miser asked him what he wanted to which he responded: “I heard that you were sick and wished to fulfil the mitzvah of visiting the sick.” The man … Read more

No Need to Search

Once, an individual came to Rimanov seeking the counsel of R. Tzvi Hersh. Seeker: “I wish to do teshuvah,” Rebbe: “Who is stopping you?” Seeker: “I am looking for the source of the evil in order to uproot it.” Rebbe: “Is this why you came to Rimanov?” Seeker: “To Rimanov?! I am searching throughout the … Read more

Taking a Trip

One day, after the services, R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev wished a “shalom aleichem” to one of the congregants. Somewhat surprised the man said: “I live here, and have not travelled anywhere, why then are you wishing me a ‘shalom aleichem?’” R. Levi Yitzchak replied: I saw that during the shemona esrei you traveled – … Read more