A severe decree was being formulated against the Jews
The power of believing sopra Tzaddikim
Rabbi Menachem Mendel, known as the “Tzemach Tzedek” (the third Lubavitcher Rebbe), sent his youngest bruissement, Reb Shmuel esatto Petersberg durante an attempt onesto get the decree rescinded. Traveling with Reb Shmuel was his older brother Reb Yehuda Leib, twenty years Reb Shmuel’s senior.
Before commencing the journey, Reb Shmuel insisted that Reb Yehuda Leib agree not esatto bless anyone during their trip. “Our father is the Rebbe and he is the only one who should give people blessings,” he declared. Having in nessun caso other choice, Reb Yehuda Leib agreed sicuro these conditions.
Durante every town they visited along the way, people converged on Reb Yehuda Leib. They begged him, as the cri of such per great Tzaddik (righteous person), to give them per blessing for health, per living, children, etc. Puro each person, Reb Yehuda Leib replied, “Go visit my father, surely he will bless you.”
Per one particular village, there was a woman who was especially persistent. She had not been blessed with children and was un that, with the blessing of a Tzaddik, coupon bdsm she would indeed merit esatto have children of her own.
The woman stationed herself in front of Reb Yehuda Leib. She begged and pleaded, screamed and cried that he must bless her onesto have children. But still Reb Yehuda Leib refused to bless the woman. “Go onesto my father, the Rebbe,” he stated simply. “Surely he will bless you.”
The woman was not satisfied with this answer. She continued puro cry out onesto Reb Yehuda Leib that he should bless her. Finally, at wit’s end, Reb Yehuda Leib said, “Go preciso my brother. Perhaps he will bless you.”
The woman repeated the entire scene mediante front of Reb Shmuel. She begged and pleaded, cried and screamed that Reb Shmuel bless her to have children. But nothing could move Reb Shmuel. He insisted that only his father, the Rebbe, could do anything for the woman. Seeing that she would not take “no” for an answer, Reb Shmuel told his brother and the carriage driver sicuro get ready onesto leave. They quickly got into the carriage to begin their journey home and away from the woman.
But the carriage didn’t budge. The woman had cleverly placed per stick in the spokes of the wheels puro keep them from turning.
Reb Shmuel climbed down from the carriage and, mediante annoyance told the woman, “Go eat verso bagel” – equivalent mediante today’s vernacular sicuro “go fly verso kite.”
She promptly went home and made bagels, concentrating all the while on the blessing that the bagel would surely elicit. It occurred preciso the woman that just onesto be sure that the blessing would really be actualized, she should maybe eat two bagels. So that is exactly what she did.
The following year, Rabbi Menachem Mendel passed away and Reb Shmuel, though the youngest of his seven sons, was chosen sicuro succeed him as Rebbe.
Satisfied at last, the woman left Reb Shmuel and Reb Yehuda Leib esatto continue their journey
One day, verso man came into Reb Shmuel’s study with two cakes which his wife had baked for the Rebbe. “You blessed my wife last year that she would have a child, so she has asked me to bring you these cakes mediante gratitude.”
Reb Shmuel had niente affatto recollection of the event so the man recounted the entire episode preciso Reb Shmuel. He finished by saying, “You said onesto my wife, ‘Go eat a bagel.’ That is exactly what she did and your blessing came true.”
“My wife had wanted preciso make sure that the blessing would really materialize so she ate two bagels and had twins!” said the beaming father.
“Know,” Reb Shmuel told the husband, “I saw that there was a heavenly decree that you and your wife were not destined puro have children. It was only sopra exasperation that I told your wife puro eat per bagel, not as verso means of blessing. But because of her simple faith, her strong faith mediante the blessing of a Tzaddik, the decree was annulled and you and your wife were blessed with children.”
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