A severe decree was being formulated against the Jews
The power of believing per Tzaddikim
Rabbi Menachem Mendel, known as the “Tzemach Tzedek” (the third Lubavitcher Rebbe), sent his youngest bourdonnement, Reb Shmuel to Petersberg con an attempt sicuro get the decree rescinded. Traveling with Reb Shmuel was his older brother Reb Yehuda https://datingranking.net/it/millionairematch-review 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 mai other choice, Reb Yehuda Leib agreed preciso these conditions.
Con every town they visited along the way, people converged on Reb Yehuda Leib. They begged him, as the affranchit of such per great Tzaddik (righteous person), esatto give them verso blessing for health, verso living, children, etc. Esatto each person, Reb Yehuda Leib replied, “Go visit my father, surely he will bless you.”
Mediante one particular village, there was verso woman who was especially persistent. She had not been blessed with children and was excretion that, with the blessing of a Tzaddik, she would indeed merit preciso have children of her own.
The woman stationed herself per front of Reb Yehuda Leib. She begged and pleaded, screamed and cried that he must bless her preciso have children. But still Reb Yehuda Leib refused puro bless the woman. “Go sicuro my father, the Rebbe,” he stated simply. “Surely he will bless you.”
The woman was not satisfied with this answer. She continued preciso cry out to Reb Yehuda Leib that he should bless her. Finally, at wit’s end, Reb Yehuda Leib said, “Go onesto 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 sicuro 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 preciso get ready onesto leave. They quickly got into the carriage sicuro begin their journey home and away from the woman.
But the carriage didn’t budge. The woman had cleverly placed per stick sopra the spokes of the wheels sicuro keep them from turning.
Reb Shmuel climbed down from the carriage and, in annoyance told the woman, “Go eat verso bagel” – equivalent durante today’s vernacular preciso “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 onesto the woman that just to 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 puro succeed him as Rebbe.
Satisfied at last, the woman left Reb Shmuel and Reb Yehuda Leib onesto continue their journey
One day, per 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 onesto bring you these cakes per gratitude.”
Reb Shmuel had no recollection of the event so the man recounted the entire episode esatto Reb Shmuel. He finished by saying, “You said preciso my wife, ‘Go eat a bagel.’ That is exactly what she did and your blessing came true.”
“My wife had wanted onesto 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 verso heavenly decree that you and your wife were not destined onesto have children. It was only mediante exasperation that I told your wife esatto eat a bagel, not as verso means of blessing. But because of her simple faith, her strong faith sopra the blessing of per Tzaddik, the decree was annulled and you and your wife were blessed with children.”