Current Issue

 Click here to subscribe.

Share

Search
BeisMoshiach.org
Web
Tags
"Misnagdim” #1000 #1001 #1002 #1003 #1004 #1005 #1006 #1007 #1008 #1009 #1010 #1011 #1012 #1013 #1014 #1015 #1016 #1017 #1018 #1019 #1020 #1021 #1022 #1023 #1024 #1025 #1026 #1027 #1028 #1029 #1030 #1031 #1032 #1033 #1034 #1035 #1036 #1037 #1038 #1039 #1040 #1041 #1042 #1043 #1044 #1045 #1046 #1047 #1048 #1049 #1050 #1051 #1052 #1053 #1054 #1055 #1056 #1057 #1058 #1059 #1060 #1061 #1062 #1063 #1064 #1065 #1066 #1067 #1068 #1069 #1070 #1071 #1072 #1073 #1074 #1075 #1076 #1077 #1078 #1079 #1080 #1081 #1082 #1083 #1084 #1085 #1086 #1088 #1089 #1090 #1091 #1092 #1093 #1094 #1095 #1096 #1097 #1098 #1099 #1100 #1101 #1102 #1103 #1104 #1106 #1107 #1108 #1109 #1110 #1111 #1112 #1113 #1114 #1115 #1116 #1117 #1118 #1119 #1120 #1121 #1122 #1123 #1124 #1125 #1126 #1127 #1128 #1129 #1130 #1131 #1132 #1133 #1134 #1135 #1136 #1137 #1138 #1139 #1140 #1141 #1142 #1143 #1144 #1145 #1146 #1147 #1148 #1149 #1150 #1151 #1152 #1153 #1154 #1155 #1156 #1157 #1158 #1159 #1160 #1161 #1162 #1163 #1164 #1165 #1166 #1167 #1168 #1169 #1170 #1171 #1172 #1173 #1174 #1175 #1176 #1177 #1178 #1179 #1180 #1181 #1182 #1183 #318 #319 #350 #383 #390 #550 #560 #594 #629 #642 #776 #777 #778 #779 #780 #781 #782 #783 #784 #785 #786 #787 #820 #823 #824 #825 #826 #827 #828 #829 #830 #831 #832 #833 #834 #835 #836 #837 #838 #839 #840 #841 #842 #843 #844 #845 #846 #847 #848 #849 #850 #851 #852 #853 #854 #855 #856 #857 #858 #859 #860 #861 #862 #863 #864 #865 #866 #867 #868 #869 #870 #871 #872 #873 #874 #875 #876 #876 #877 #878 #879 #880 #881 #882 #883 #884 #885 #886 #887 #888 #889 #890 #891 #892 #893 #894 #895 #896 #897 #898 #899 #900 #901 #902 #903 #904 #905 #906 #907 #908 #909 #910 #911 #912 #913 #914 #915 #916 #917 #918 #919 #920 #921 #922 #923 #924 #925 #926 #927 #928 #929 #930 #931 #932 #933 #934 #935 #936 #937 #938 #939 #940 #941 #942 #943 #944 #945 #946 #947 #948 #949 #950 #951 #952 #953 #954 #955 #956 #957 #958 #959 #960 #961 #962 #963 #964 #965 #966 #967 #968 #969 #970 #971 #972 #973 #974 #975 #976 #977 #978 #979 #980 #981 #982 #983 #984 #985 #986 #987 #988 #989 #990 #991 #992 #993 #994 #995 #996 #997 #998 #999 1 Kislev 10 Kislev 10 Shvat 10 Shvat 10 Teives 11 11 Nissan 112 Tammuz 12 Tammuz 13 Iyar 13 Tishrei 14 Kislev 15 Elul 15 Menachem-Av 15 Shvat 17 Tammuz 18 Elul 19 Kislev 2 Iyar 20 Av 20 Mar-Cheshvan 20 Menachem-Av 22 Shvat 24 Teives 25 Adar 27 Adar 28 Nissan 28 Teives 29 Elul 3 3 Tammuz 33 Tammuz 352 5 Teives 6 Tishrei 7 Adar 770 864 865 881 9 Adar 9 Av 9 Kislev 903 Acharei Acharei-K'doshim Achdus Adar Ahavas Yisroel Alef-Beis All Jews Shall Rise Alter Rebbe Amalek Argentina Arizal army Artwork Aseres HaDibros Australia Avoda Zara B’Chukosai B’Shalach Baal Shem Tov baal t'shuva Baba Sali Balak BaMidbar bar mitzva Basi L'Gani B'Chukosai be Bein HaMeitzarim Beis HaMikdash Beis Nissan Beth Rivkah B'Haalos'cha B'Har B'Har-B'Chukosai Birthday Bitachon Blindness Bo B'rachos Brazil brit milah Brussels B'Shalach Canada chai v'kayam Chanuka Chassidic Rabbis Chayei Sara Chernobil chesed Chevron children chinuch Chitas Choshen Chukas Churban controversy convert Dan Diary of the late R’ Saadya Maatuf Dollars dreams D''varim Editorial Editor's Corner Eikev Elections Elul Emor Europe Family Purity fire France free choice Gaza Gentiles Georgia Gulf War Gush Katif Haazinu Hakhel Halvayas Hameis Hashavas Aveida HaYom Yom Hebron hiskashrus Holy Temple Honesty Honoring Parents Hospitality IDF Igrot Kodesh India Intermarriage Internet Iran Iron Curtain Israel Japan Jewish Refugee Crisis Kabbala K'doshim Kfar Chabad Ki Savo Ki Seitzei Ki Sisa KIDDUSH LEVANA Kiryat Gat Kislev kKi Sisa Kohen Gadol Korach korbanos KOS SHEL BRACHA Krias Shma K'vutza Lag B'Omer lashon ha'ra Lech Lecha letter Litvishe maamer Machatzis HaShekel mahn Mar-Cheshvan marriage Massei Matot Mattos Mattos-Massei Menachem Av Menora Merkos Shlichus Metzora Mexico Mezuzah Miami MiKeitz MIkvah Mishkan Mishpatim Mitteler Rebbe Mitzva Tank Mitzvah Tanks Mivtza Kashrus MIvtza Neshek Mivtza T’fillin Mivtza Tefilin Morocco Moshe Rabbeinu Moshiach & Geula Moshiach Seuda music Names Napoleon Naso Nazi Holocaust niggunim Nissan Nitzavim Nitzavim-VaYeilech Noach Noachide North Africa olive oil painting Parshas Parah parshas re'eh Parshas Zachor Pesach Pesach Sheini Pinchas Pirkei Avos P'kudei Poland prayer Prison prophecy Purim R’ Avrohom Schneersohn Rabbanus Rabbi Hillel Zaltzman Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Rabbi Shlomo Galperin Rambam Ramban Rashbi Rashi Rebbe Rebbe Maharash Rebbe Rashab Rebbe Rayatz Rebbe Rayatz & Joint Rebbetzin Chana Rebbetzin Chaya Muska Rebbetzin Rivka Red Heifer Reform movement R'ei Rishon L'Tzion Rosh Chodesh Rosh HaShana Russia S’firas HaOmer Samarkand seifer Torah s'firas ha'omer Shabbos Shabbos Bereishis Shabbos Chazo Shabbos Chazon Shabbos Hagadol Shabbos Nachamu shalom bayis Shavuos Shekalim shiduchim Shlach shleimus ha'Aretz shliach shlichus Shmini Shmita Shmos Shoftim shtus Shvat simcha Simchas Torah South Africa Sukkos summer summer camp tahalucha Talmud Torah Tanya Tazria-Metzora te Tefila Tehilim Teives Terror teshuva Tetzaveh t'fillin the soul tisha b'av Tishrei Toldos Tomchei T'mimim Truma t'shuva tTruma Tzanz Tzav Tzedaka Tzemach Tzedek Tzfas tzimtzum Tzitzis Tzniyus Ukraine undefined Upsherinish VaEira VaEs'chanan VaYakhel VaYakhel-P’kudei VaYechi VaYeilech VaYeira VaYeishev VaYeitzei VaYigash VaYikra VaYishlach Vocational Schools Winter women Yechidus Yerushalayim Yeshiva Yisro Yom Kippur Yom Tov Zionism Zohar Zos HaBracha. B'Reishis סיביר
Visitor Feed
Wednesday
Sep092015

A MEAL WITH TZADDIKIM

Presented for 29 Elul, the birthday of the Tzemach Tzedek

By Nechama Bar

“What is the name of the wagon driver who brought you here?” asked the Rebbe.

R’ Asher, a Chassid, who came for a parting blessing from the Tzemach Tzedek, was taken aback by the question.  The wagon driver was a simple man.  But of course he answered the question.

“The next time you come,” said the Rebbe, “I want you to come with Yerachmiel the wagon driver.”

The Chassid was even more surprised, but as a Chassid, he knew that everything the Rebbe said had a reason.

R’ Asher was very rich and he often visited the Rebbe.  A few weeks later, R’ Asher decided to visit the Rebbe once again.  Perhaps the Rebbe’s surprising request is what spurred him on to travel again so soon.

R’ Asher remembered what the Rebbe told him and spoke to Yerachmiel.

“Yerachmiel, I would like you to take me to Lubavitch and stay there with me for a few weeks.  Of course, I will pay you handsomely.”

Yerachmiel was very happy with this offer and they set out.

When R’ Asher entered the Rebbe’s room, he informed the Rebbe that he had carried out his request and had traveled with Yerachmiel the wagon driver.

The Rebbe was happy to hear this and said, “Ask him to come in here.  I want to talk to him.”

The Chassid told the wagon driver to enter the Rebbe’s chamber, but he refused!

“I don’t know the Rebbe and I have nothing to say to him!”

The Chassid kept urging him.  The reason he had traveled with Yerachmiel was for the Rebbe! He frowned and said, “Then you can go home now and I will pay you accordingly.”

“No, no!” Yerachmiel was quick to say.  “Okay, I will go in to the Rebbe.  Just don’t reduce my wages.”

Yerachmiel went in to the Rebbe’s room.  The Rebbe spoke to him about various things and then made him an offer.  “I invite you to join me for a festive meal tomorrow.”

Yerachmiel was, as we said, a simple man, and he did not appreciate the magnitude of the offer.  He said, “No thanks, I’m not interested.”

R’ Asher heard about this and he repeated his previous threat, which helped, of course.

The Chassidim, who heard about the Rebbe’s invitation, were greatly perplexed.  Why did the Rebbe invite this foolish wagon driver? They decided to check whether Yerachmiel was a hidden tzaddik, but soon realized that he was just a very simple man who did not know how to learn at all.

They finally went directly to Yerachmiel and pressured him to tell them whether he had done anything special.  Yerachmiel tried to remember and then, yes! He remembered something.  This is what he said:

“I am a simple wagon driver, as you can see, and I often travel to distant villages where there are few Jews.  Sometimes, there are only two or three families.  These Jews have no minyan and no shul, but the hardest thing is when a baby boy is born.  There is no mohel to circumcise him.  It sometimes happens that several weeks pass until a mohel passes through and does the bris.

“It pained me to see the sorrow of these families and so I decided to learn mila.  This way, every time I go, if there is a baby boy who needs a bris, I can do it myself. That is what I did and I have circumcised many babies.

“A few months ago, I was driving through a forest when I suddenly heard someone crying.  I stopped my horses and entered a house to see what was happening.

“The sight was terrible.  It was a small, poor home.  A woman was sitting there, holding a baby and sobbing.  On a bed on the side of the room lay her husband who was very sick.

“‘What happened to you,’ I gently asked.

“She said, ‘I gave birth to a boy eight days ago.  Today should be his bris but there is no one to circumcise him.’

“I nearly jumped for joy as I told her that I am a mohel.  The woman’s face lit up and she handed me the baby.

“But there was one problem.  Who would be the sandak who would hold the baby during the bris? The father, who was lying in bed with his eyes closed and was barely breathing certainly couldn’t do it.

“I decided to go outside and look for a Jew, even though the chances of finding one in the forest were slim.

“I scoured the area but did not see anyone.  The hours were passing and the sun was starting to set.

“Suddenly, out of nowhere, I saw a very tall, thin man with a long white beard.  I told him what I needed but he didn’t listen to me and continued walking.  I grabbed him and pulled him but he was strong and began pushing me back.  I had tears in my eyes.  How could he refuse? He was the only man who could help! I pleaded with him until he finally agreed to come.

“Boruch Hashem, we managed to do the bris in the final moments of the day. 

“‘Now,’ said the stranger, ‘we need to have a seudas mitzva.’

“I figured the man was poor and starving, so I went to my wagon to bring some bread and cheese and I placed them on the rickety table.

“‘Why shouldn’t the father join in the simcha?’ asked the man.

“I gave him a quizzical look.  Didn’t he see that the father was in critical condition? But he went over to the father, took him out of bed, and it was amazing – the father stood up and sat with us like a healthy man, as though he hadn’t been sick at all just moments earlier.

“I wanted to ask the man who he was but he suddenly vanished.  It was like the earth swallowed him up,” concluded Yerachmiel.

***

The next day, the wagon driver joined the Tzemach Tzedek for a festive meal.  At its conclusion, one of the members of the household mustered the courage and asked the Rebbe why he had given so much honor to the wagon driver.  The Rebbe said, “This man had the merit of eating with Avrohom Avinu so I also wanted to eat with him.  That is why I invited him here.”

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.