Many may think that stories of the tzaddikim of times past are exactly that, stories.
The Shpola Zeida was named by the Baal Shem Tov. He was a disciple of the Maggid of Mezerich, the disciple of the Baal Shem Tov. One year he was in a major life threatening accident and was saved by Hashem. In response he held a Seudat Hodaya (a thanksgiving meal occasion) on the Shabbos after the event, a Melave Malke Seudat Hodaya. As he entered his later years, he instructed his children to continue the Melave Malka Seuda every year on the yaretzheit.
The Shpole Zeida Society is a group of the descendants of the zeida, who have been continuing the Malave Malka for 219 years. This year it was held this past motzie Shabbat. The Zeida further instructed they should not hire waiters, they should serve each other.
One of the attendees has been working on the family geneology and has found many carry a family name of Zeide, Geisen or Geizinsky (as the Zeida was from the town of Geisen).
Here’s to the family of the tzadik and Rebbe, the Shpole Zeida, who continue in the righteous ways of their great-great-great-great grandfather after 219 years!