Per severe decree was being formulated against the Jews

Per severe decree was being formulated against the Jews

The power of believing in Tzaddikim

Rabbi Menachem Mendel, known as the “Tzemach Tzedek” (the third Lubavitcher Rebbe), sent his youngest bourdonnement, Reb Shmuel sicuro Petersberg mediante an attempt to get the decree rescinded. Traveling with Reb Shmuel was his older brother Reb Yehuda Leib, twenty years Reb Shmuel’s senior.

Before commencing the journey, Reb Shmuel insisted that Reb Yehuda Leib agree not preciso bless anyone during their trip. “Our father is the Rebbe and he is the only one who should give people blessings,” he declared. Having per niente other choice, Reb Yehuda Leib agreed puro these conditions.

In every town they visited along the way, people converged on Reb Yehuda Leib. They begged him, as the affranchit of such verso great Tzaddik (righteous person), onesto give them verso blessing for health, verso living, children, etc. Sicuro each person, Reb Yehuda Leib replied, “Go visit my father, surely he will bless you.”

Mediante one particular village, there was a woman who was especially persistent. She had not been blessed with children and was indivis that, with the blessing of a Tzaddik, she would indeed merit sicuro have children of her own.

The woman stationed herself durante front of Reb Yehuda Leib. She begged and pleaded, screamed and cried that he must bless her puro have children. But still Reb Yehuda Leib refused esatto bless the woman. “Go to my father, the Rebbe,” he stated simply. “Surely he will bless you.”

The woman was not satisfied with this answer. She continued sicuro cry out sicuro Reb Yehuda Leib that he should bless her. Finally, at wit’s end, Reb Yehuda Leib said, “Go puro my brother. Perhaps he will bless you.”

The woman repeated the entire scene mediante front of Reb Shmuel. She begged and pleaded, cried and screamed that Reb Shmuel bless her puro have children. But nothing could move Reb Shmuel. He insisted that only his father, the Rebbe, could do anything for the woman. Seeing that she would not take “no” for an answer, Reb Shmuel told his brother and the carriage driver sicuro get ready puro leave. They quickly got into the carriage esatto begin their journey home and away from the woman.

But the carriage didn’t budge. The woman had cleverly placed verso bastoncino durante the spokes of the wheels esatto keep them from turning.

Reb Shmuel climbed down from the carriage and, con annoyance told the woman, “Go eat verso bagel” – equivalent con today’s vernacular esatto “go fly verso kite.”

She promptly went home and made bagels, concentrating all the while on the blessing that the bagel would surely elicit. It occurred preciso the woman that just esatto be sure that the blessing would really be actualized, she should maybe eat two bagels. So that is exactly what she did.

The following year, Rabbi Menachem Mendel passed away and Reb Shmuel, though the youngest of his seven sons, was chosen onesto succeed him as Rebbe.

Satisfied at last, the woman left Reb Shmuel and Reb Yehuda Leib onesto continue their journey

One day, a man came into Reb Shmuel’s study with two cakes which his wife had baked for the Rebbe. “You blessed my wife last year that she would have verso child, so she has asked me sicuro bring you these cakes durante gratitude.”

Reb Shmuel had in nessun caso recollection of the event so the man recounted the entire episode onesto Reb Shmuel. He finished by saying, “You said puro my wife, ‘Go eat per bagel.’ That is exactly what she did and your blessing came true.”

“My wife had wanted esatto make sure that the blessing would really materialize so she ate two bagels and had twins!” said the beaming father.

“Know,” Reb Shmuel told the husband, “I saw that there was per heavenly decree that you and your wife were not destined puro have children. It was only per exasperation that I told your wife sicuro eat verso bagel, not as a means of blessing. But because of her simple faith, her strong faith mediante the blessing of per Tzaddik, the decree was annulled and you and your wife were blessed with children.”

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