Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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On Guard

via Lma’an Yishme’u

wagonThe tzaddik, Reb Meir of Premishlan, once related: "One wintry day, while traveling with my Rebbe, Reb Mordechai of Kreminitz, our wagon reached an incline. It seemed the carriage would topple over at any moment. Full of youthful courage, I prepared to quickly jump out, but my Rebbe held onto me with his hand and said, 'Sit down calmly; no harm will befall you.' So it was. The wagon passed the incline safely.

"After some time had elapsed, and I had already forgotten about my desire to jump out, the carriage, driving on flat land, turned over, and we all fell out unto the snow. Reb Mordechai laughed: 'Nu, you see?' But I did not understand to what he was referring to.

"Quite a while later, I realized he had been intimating a lesson in avodas HaShem: Sometimes a Yid is worried that he will chas veshalom fall into the clutches of the yetzer hara, who is constantly out to ensnare him, and HaShem helps him stay safe. However, when a Yid is confidently going along his path, and does not even realize that the yetzer hara is ready to pounce, specifically then he is likely to fall into his clutches..."

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