Dreaming of Moshiach

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Holy Spark in Each Jewish Neshama

Rav Cohen was under heavy sedation during surgery. When he woke up, he starting singing 'Chasdei HaShem' with great happiness. The nurse ran over to him and inquired how he is feeling. He said he's feeling great, Chasdei HaShem. She didn't understand what it means but as long as the patient is feeling great, there is no problem. He was placed in the recovery room and in the room, there were many patients; some were before surgery, some were after surgery.

While in the recovery room, a priest came to speak and calm xtian patients before surgery, "You don't need to worry, the 'Lord' will help you if you put your trust in him, blah, blah, blah." Just then he heard someone answering the priest, "Do you really believe the nonsense you are selling these people? You know it's all nonsense!." The priest and this person got into an argument about it and each tried convincing the other that what they are saying is the truth.

Rav Cohen was listening to the argument and was curious to see the person arguing with the priest. He raised his bed to get a look at the person and waited till they finish arguing. When the priest left, Rav Cohen asked this person if he is xtian? The person told him, "I'm a Jew, just like you!." Rav Cohen was surprised because this person did not look like a Jew. He asked this person to tell him his name, "My name is Yavetz," he replied. Not sure he heard correctly, he asked him to repeat his name "Yavetz."

Rav Cohen was shaking, "Are you related to the Yavetz Rebbe, Rabbi Yaakov Amden, zs'l?," he asked Mr. Yavetz. "Yes, he was my great great grandfather." "Wow," exlaimed Rav Cohen, "He was a great Tzaddik and wrote many sefarim (books)." Rav Cohen wasn't sure how to proceed because it was obvious this Mr. Yavetz has left the Jewish Orthodox path. He told him stories about his great great grandfather but Mr. Yavetz didn't seem interested. "I'm not religious, and not interested either. But thanks for letting me know about my family," Mr. Yavitz replied sacrastically.

The following morning when breakfast was being served, he heard Mr. Yavitz ordering a Kosher meal. He turned to Rav Cohen and said, "I never ate Kosher food in my life and was never interested either. But all your Jewish talk about my great great grandfather, and after all, I'm a Jew, I decided that I'll eat a Kosher meal before my surgery."

Every Jew, regardless of how irreligious, has a spark of holiness within him. Mr. Yavitz chose his last meal to be Kosher; later that day, he died on the operating table, a'h.




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו