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Reb Boruch Mordechai Babroisker

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Reb Boruch Mordechai Babroisker - י"ד אלול

Reb Boruch Mordechai Itinga, known as Reb Boruch Mordechai Babroisker, was of the great chassidim of the first Rebbe of Chabad, the Alter Rebbe, the second Rebbe of Chabad, the Mitteler Rebbe and the third Rebbe of Chabad, the Tzemach Tzedek. He was a exceptional gaon (genius on Torah subjects) and chossid, renowned for his sharpness and wit. Reb Boruch Mordechai served as Rov in Babroisk for about 50 years. He later traveled to Eretz Yisroel (Israel), and passed away on the 14th of Elul, תרי"ז. He is buried on Har Hazaisim in Jerusalem.

Two business partners once came to the Alter Rebbe to help resolve an argument. The Alter Rebbe looked into their contract, where he found their exact issue addressed. The two departed, pleased with the ruling. Soon, however, they returned with a different argument, and again the Alter Rebbe looked into their contract and again found a clause that resolved the exact problem. After a few more repetitions of this occurrence, the Alter Rebbe inquired about the author of their contract. It was Reb Boruch Mordechai.

When Reb Boruch Mordechai next visited the Alter Rebbe, the Rebbe reprimanded him, "Your head is too engrossed in business if you are able to think of every situation that can crop up..."

Two women, who worked as venders in the market, once approached Reb Boruch Mordechai for a Din Torah. When the Rov paskened (rendered a religious ruling) in favor of one of women the other woman began shouting derogatory statements against the Rov. Reb Boruch Mordechai's rebbetzin (wife of the rabbi) could not contain herself, and asked her husband why he does not chase this wicked woman out of the house. "Don't worry," the Rov soothed her, "She does not mean what she is saying." Hearing this, the rants and curses escalated further!

Turning to the woman, the Rov asked, "Would you want your children to grow up like me?" The woman jumped up, "Oy, halevai! If only that were to become true..." Reb Boruch Mordechai commented to his wife, "You see, she does not mean it."

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