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Rebbe Meir of Primishlam

(We’re posting from Israel, where one day of the holiday of Succot is observed.  Two days are observed outside of Israel, so the day of this post is a holy day for Jews outside of Israel.)

via Lma’an Yishme’u

meir(photo – signature of the holy Rebbe, Reb Meir of Primishlam, zt”l)

Rebbe Meir of Primishlan was a very well know Rebbe. He was a talmid of Rebbe Mordechai of Kremnitz and the Chozeh of Lublin. When he later became a Rebbe in Primishlan, thousands of chassidim flocked to him. He was known as a tremendous ba'al tzedoka and ba'al mofes. Rebbe Meir passed away on the 29th of Iyar, .(1850)תר"י

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The Rebbe, Reb Tzadok Hakohen, was once in Primishlan. At that time, a chossid of Rebbe Yisroel of Ruzhin was on the way to his Rebbe but on route needed to spend Shabbos in Primishlan. He observed Reb Meir and was very impressed. After Shabbos, the Ruzhiner chossid gave Reb Meir a kvitel with a significant sum of money. Reb Meir asked, "Surely you had prepared this money for your Rebbe the 'Ruzhiner'?"

"When I get there I will give again," answered the chossid. Rebbe Meir was apprehensive about taking the money. He asked for a beis din to decide if he could accept the money. Rebbe Tzadok Hakohen was part of the beis din. After some discussion the beis din ruled out that Rebbe Meir could keep the money. As they gave there ruling, the rebbetzin of Reb Meir entered the room and said, "Meir'l, Meir'l! Meat that had a sha'aloh you don't want to eat, but money with a sha'aloh you want to take?!"...

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Rebbe Meir once gave the following mashal:

"There was once a farmer who was addicted to his alcohol. One day he decided to stop drinking! Every so often he would have a tremendous desire for just one drink, but he controlled himself and did not give in. Once, he just could resist and started heading to the bar. He was already on his way when he thought to himself, 'What am I doing? I will drink and then roll drunk in the gutter?! No way!' He turned to go home. As he enter his yard he was ecstatic. What a hero and warrior he was! "You know what?" he proudly said to himself, "such a warrior is worthy of a good drink!" Off he went to the bar.

The yetzer hara has to constantly be held down, concluded Reb Meir, if it is unmonitored for even a moment, it finds a way to come back.

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