Weekly Chasidic Story #798 (s5773-27 / 29 Adar 5773)
A "Real Rebbe" Criterion
The "Razo" counseled the "Reshab" to make sure henceforth to pray looking at the words in the Siddur prayerbook and not by heart.
Connection: Seasonal--93rd yahrzeit of the Rebbe Reshab
"Real Rebbe" Criterion
One day in 1866, when the Rebbe Rashab - an acronym
for Rabbi Sholom [Dov-]Ber, the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe-to-be--was five years
old, he and his brother [Shneur-] Zalman Aharon decided to play "chasid
and Rebbe." The Raza [an acronym for Rabbi Zalman Aharon], who was about
a year and a half older, would act as Rebbe and the Rashab would be the chasid
entering the Rebbe's room for private audience. The Raza sat on a chair and
straightened his hat, and the Rashab belted his waist as preparation for coming
to ask him for a tikun-a [soul] rectification.
"Why not?" asked his puzzled brother.
"When a Rebbe answers, he is supposed to sigh. You didn't sigh, so your
advice is no good!"
Source: Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles primarily from Lma'an Yishme'u #122, and from other Chabad sources.
Connection: Seasonal -- The 93rd yahrzeit of the Rebbe Reshab
falls this Wednesday (2 Nissan).
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