“Happy birthday to Zalmy, happy birthday to you … ” The sounds of singing could be heard from the living room of the Abramowitz family that was celebrating the ninth birthday of their youngest child.
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As we approach the Messianic Age, the Torah exhorts us to cease struggling with evil in the conventional way of trying to contain it. Stop circling the enemy. It is now high time for us to go north.
The Alter Rebbe and Rabbi Shlomo of Karlin met a Chassid lying in the forest on Tisha B’Av … * The people who complained to the Tzemach Tzedek about the Poilish Chassidim who sang a niggun on Tisha B’Av. * Why did the Baal Shem Tov’s brother-in-law faint near the Kosel? * Tzaddikim ask Hashem to take the “holiday” of Tisha B’Av away from His children since they don’t deserve it. * The tzaddik who put his Kinos in sheimos every year certain that Moshiach would come before the next Tisha B’Av. * How will Eicha be recited in Yemos HaMoshiach? * A compilation of stories about Tisha B’Av.
What is it about this particular tale that gave it the distinction of being the one and only story to be included in Seifer HaMinhagim? * When I once shared this question with a friend, he suggested that this story was included because of the great importance of distancing sadness. This answer, however, didn’t satisfy me…