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 – in your mind – to various cities and markets to do business, therefore, it is only proper that I greet you upon your return.”

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