Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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For Who?

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

Next week the hilulah, the ascension to the next world, of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, occurred on Gimmel Tammuz. We'll be sharing stories of the Lubavitcher Rebbe as we come up to this auspicious day. This story is told by by the person to whom it happened.

I had been anxiously awaiting a response from the Rebbe, and waiting for a call from the secretaries. I set out for 770, eager to get the Rebbe's response and rely it to my dear sister, who had been hospitalized with suspected cancer. The doctors had not been encouraging. Some spoke of using painkillers, others recommended an operation.

I had written a heartfelt letter to the Rebbe describing my sister's illness and hospitalization. I felt very emotional as I rushed to the Rebbe's office. The Rebbe's reply and blessing were encouraging...

"There is no need to operate. The diagnosis is in error and your sister's condition is not grave. May she recover soon and resume a healthy life."

The Rebbe's secretary afforded me a moment to express my join and relief and then said softly, "I can understand how distraught and nervous you must have been when writing the letter. Nevertheless, one must always try to concentrate more when writing the Rebbe."

??? I looked at him in question, what was the reason for this gentle reprimand?

The secretary continued, "If the Rebbe himself hadn't told me that the blessing was for your sister and that the reply was intended for you, I would never have been able to contact you. You see, in your letter you wrote all about your sister but you forgot to state her name. You didn't sign your own name either." !!!

The Rebbe's reply prompted us to ask another doctor to check my sister's condition. His findings confirmed the Rebbe's answer.

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