Monday, April 30, 2007

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by Akiva at Mystical Paths

A great and holy tzaddik, Reb Yitzchok of Ziditchov (zt"l), had many children and grandchildren. His favorite was little Bershel (who later became his successor), who at this time was five.

One of his other grandchildren, Moshe, was very sick and it was considered almost hopeless. Each time the family went to the holy grandfather, they would say, 'he is just so sick and he doesn't respond.' One night it seemed he was near the end. Someone had to go and tell the grandfather and they decided to send Bershel.

Now, late at night in Ziditchov, nobody disturbed the tzaddik as he was writing a commentary on the Zohar HaKodesh, the Holy Book of Brilliance filled with the deepest mystical secrets of the holy Torah. And it was known that Reb Yitzchok was learning these secrets nightly with Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet). Disturbing him at such a time could literally be life threatening. So Bershel was the only one who coudl go up there where the rebbe was.

Hearing a soft knock, the rebbe opened the door to the dark and said, 'Who's there?'. 'It's me, Bershel.' 'Bershel, you're only five, aren't you supposed to be asleep at this late hour?' Bershel answered, 'Zeidi (grandfather), I came to bring you good news, Moshe is getting better every second, every minute, but zeidi, can you please pray for him?'

So the rebbe did. He prayed with full concern to the Ribono Shel Olam, the Master of the World, and his prayers were heard. Afterwards, the rebbe called in all his children and grandchildren, and said, "You know who is a holy man? Our little Bershel! I'll tell you why. Every one of you who came and told me Moshe was sick, you broke my heart so much, it was hopeless, I couldn't even pray. But you know when Bershel came to me and said, 'I want you to know that Moshe is geting better', ahhh, he uplifted me so I coudl really pray!".

Story told by Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt"l.

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