– stories of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok of Berdichev, zt”l
- Compiled/Translated by Rabbi Tal Zwecker, Director Machon Be'er Mayim Chaim
@ Mystical Paths
And I appeared...To the Avos (Rashi to Shemos 6:3)
During the wedding in Zlovin, when the Alter Rebbe of Chabad’s granddaughter married the
grandson of Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, Rav Levi Yitzchak sat in his place at the head of the table receiving the well wishes of his many guests, disciples, and chassidim. They in turn stood in line to petition him for salvation and blessings. All of a sudden, the Berditchever stopped and cocked his head to one side as if straining his ears to hear something. It seemed as if he was listening to something coming from a great distance, perhaps from the supernal upper worlds.
Everyone stared, transfixed with curiosity and wonder. And then, all of a sudden, the Berditchever jumped up from his place and joined the throngs of dancing chassidim with great joy and ecstasy. As he danced, they could see that his features shone with an otherworldly light.
The Alter Rebbe took one look at his mechutan and said, “Mechutan, Mechutan! Not every time that you hear the angels on High recite ‘Kadosh’ do you have to dance!”
During the great wedding that took place in Zlovin between the daughter of the Mittler Rebbe — the granddaughter of the Alter Rebbe of Chabad Rav Shneur Zalman of Liadi — and the grandson of Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, the Alter Rebbe’s chassidim expressed their wonder and surprise at Rav Levi Yitzchak’s mannerisms and holy ways.
“You should know,” Rav Shneur Zalman told them, “that whatever the archangel Michael is above, so is Rav Levi Yitzchak here below!”
To another chassid, who wished to confess his sins before Rav Levi Yitzchak (so that the Berditchever could then give him guidance on the proper path to teshuvah), the Alter Rebbe said, “You wish to talk to him regarding sin? What does the archangel Michael have to do with sin?”