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Don’t Miss the Blessings

via Lma’an Yishme’u

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In Lieple there lived a well-to-do chossid of the Tzemach Tzedek (the 3rd Lubavitcher Rebbe) , who would learn Chassidus in depth, pray at great length and would be among the first attendants at all chassidishe farbrengens. At one point, however, he reconsidered the hours he spent at farbrengens. "They don't allow me to learn Chassidus in depth," he mused to himself. He decided to continue contributing towards the expenses of the farbrengens, but rather than attend, to stay home and learn Chassidus.

As time passed, one misfortune after another befell him. His business declined, his shalom bayis was disturbed, and members of his family fell ill with various illnesses. He realized that these were not mere coincidences, and went to seek the counsel of the Tzemach Tzedek. Pouring out his troubled heart to the Rebbe, he wondered why he was encountering so much hardship. "Tell me about your daily conduct," the Rebbe said.

The chossid described his everyday routine, mentioning also his decision to forgo the farbrengens in order to use the time more efficiently for learning.

"That is the reason for all your difficulties," said the Rebbe. "Participating in a chassidishe farbrengen is very beneficial. When chassidim gather together, say LeChayim (to life!), and wish one another Lechayim tovim uleshalom (good and peaceful life!), they are in fact showering vital blessings upon each other.

Lechayim, life, contains the blessing for physical health; tovim, goodness, implies wealth, and uleshalom, peace, indicates harmony in the home. By avoiding the farbrengen, you are forgoing these blessings."

(רשימות דברים ח"א ע' קל"ח, וע"ש להנוסח 'לחיים ולברכה')

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