Two Missions Completed
The chasidim were astonished when the Klausenberger Rebbe refused to allow them to summon another doctor to treat him.
Connection: Seasonal--20th yahrzeit of the Klausenberg-Sanz Rebbe
Two Missions Completed
"What nerve!" Rabbi David objected to the young man, upset by the dishonor to his esteemed father-in-law.
"I was informed by Elijah the Prophet himself that Rabbi Yoel has been placed in a ban of excommunication by the heavenly court, and for this reason I did not extent a formal greeting to him," replied the young man.
Rabbi David was shocked by this response. He asked the scholar for more details.
"Once, Rabbi Yoel was passing through a certain town. Two men were arguing about a wagon full of wood that one man had sold to the other. The purchaser claimed that he had agreed to a price of three gold coins while the seller was adamant that he had sold it for 3 1/10 gold coins.
"When the two men saw Rabbi Yoel, they asked him if he would arbitrate their claim.
"'What amount of money is under dispute,' asked Rabbi Yoel.
"'One-tenth of a gold coin,' they responded.
"'I should delay my journey and be inconvenienced for one-tenth of a gold coin?' Rabbi Yoel remonstrated.
"The accusing angels in heaven had a heyday with the rabbi's
flippant comment, for our Sages teach, 'A suit involving one copper coin is
to be treated as earnestly as a suit involving a hundred coins."
Indeed, Rabbi Yoel remembered the incident as it was out-of-character for him to have made such a comment.
The two men realized that this young scholar had been brought by Divine Providence into their midst on this day in order to help Rabbi Yoel do teshuva (repent) and set things right. They convened a rabbinical court that immediately annulled the heavenly ban.
Rabbi Yoel then approached the young man and asked him a favor.
"I see that you are an upright and G-d fearing person in the eyes of heaven.
I therefore would like to give you my manuscript, a commentary on the Arba Turim
(a section of the Code of Jewish Law) that I plan to publish under the title
Bayit Chadash. Before I publish it I would like you to look it over and give
me your opinion."
Shocked, Rabbi Yoel asked for an explanation. "Does my work
not meet your approval? If so, tell me what is wrong with it for I gave it to
you so that you would look it over with a critical eye."
"If that is the reason why you have withheld your comments, then I will not delay its publication," said Rabbi Yoel. "For, as you yourself noted, the world needs it."
The young man had no option but to return the manuscript to its author, who set about publishing it, volume by volume. Over the course of nine years it was published.
In 1640, soon after the publication of the final volume, Rabbi Yoel Sirkes passed away in his eightieth year.
The Sanz-Klausenberger completed his story. Then he added, "So it is with me. If, with G-d's help I have completed my mission here in this world, then I have nothing to do here and do not want you to call another doctor."
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