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Helping Others

via Lma’an Yishme’u

One day, while walking along Eastern Parkway toward 770, an elderly man carrying two heavy suitcases approached the (Lubavticher) Rebbe and said, "Can you please help me with one of my suitcases?"

The Rebbe gladly took the suitcase, and they continued walking together. Hearing the man sigh heavily, the Rebbe asked the man what was wrong, and the man responded, "This suitcase is also too heavy for me." Immediately, the Rebbe took the second suitcase as well.

A passing chossid who witnessed the scene approached the elderly man and whispered to him that the person carrying his suitcases was none other than the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The man was shocked; he stopped in his tracks and cried, "Gevald! What have I done?!" and began apologizing profusely to the Rebbe. The Rebbe responded, "What's with the mitzva of helping another? Was that mitzva only given to others and not to me?!"

(ראש בני ישראל ע' 142)

On another occasion, a worker in 770 was carrying a ladder, when he suddenly felt it become lighter. Turning around, he saw the Rebbe holding the other end. He asked the Rebbe to let go of it, but the Rebbe replied, "Does [here the Rebbe said his own name] not have to fulfill the mitzva of helping another?!"

(בית חיינו ע' 229)

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