Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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Using the Right Eye

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The 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Rebbe Rayatz told this story…

“When I was 4 years old I asked my father, ‘Why did G-d make people with 2 eyes?  Why not with one eye, just as we have been given a single nose and a single mouth?’

My father (the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Rebbe Rashab) asked ‘Do you know the Alef Bet (Hebrew alphabet)?’

‘Yes’ I replied.

‘Then you know there are two very similar Hebrew letters, the Shin and the Sin.  Can you tell the difference between them?’ asked my father.

‘The Shin has a dot on it’s right side and the Sin on it’s left’ I replied.

Said my father (the Rebbe), ‘There are things which one must look upon with a right eye, with affection and empathy, and there are things to be regarded with a left eye, with indifference and detachment.  On a siddur (prayer book) or on a Jew, one should look with a right eye, on a candy or toy, one should look with a left eye.’”

- Excerpted from Chayenu’s Living with the Times, which excerpted it from Once Upon a Chossid by Yanki Tauber. 

- Photo is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent the people in the story.

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