Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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One of the chassidim of the Tzemach Tzedek, the 3rd Rebbe of Chabad Lubavitch, ran an inn that he rented from the local poritz (Polish or Russian local landowner/nobility), paying him ten rubles at the beginning of every year. One year the chossid fell ill and sent his son to renew the contract and pay the poritz for the coming year. The son decided to ask for a five-year contract at a cheaper rate of thirty rubles, thus saving his father twenty. The poritz was so happy to receive the advance payment that he agreed. Full of excitement, the young man returned home and told his father of the great deal he had made.

"Fool!" screamed the father. "You paid the extra twenty rubles for nothing! Moshiach is coming right away, and we'll all go to Eretz Yisroel. So the money you've paid for the next four years was all wasted!"

(ומביא גואל ע' 124)

shared last week in Lma’an Yishme’u

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