Dreaming of Moshiach

Friday, February 22, 2008

Story for Shabbat Kodesh

Five Yeshiva students, top students of the Slavodka Yeshiva, would meet every Thursday night in a shul at the edge of the city. They needed quietness to be able to learn during the night and this shul was perfect for their needs.

While the students were learning, Yitzchak would sit next to the oven and everyone in town knew him as 'Yitzchak the drunkard". One week, about an hour of Torah learning, the door of the shul opened up and a coachman walked in, freezing, shivering, and wet from top to bottom. He turned to the students and pleaded with them to help him, his horse got stuck in the deep snow and any delay will cause the horse to freeze to death.

The students began arguing whether they are commanded to go out in the freezing cold to help a poor Jew because they are learning Torah and it could cause Bitul Torah and anyway, they were afraid to go out and catch a cold. After more arguments, they ruled against going outside to help. The coachman sighed and went out by himself to try to free his horse. Inside the shul, a voice was suddenly heard, it was Yitzchak the drunkard, "You chose not to do Chesed (charity)? Know that your end will be that you will not be able to walk."

The students treated his words as nonsense and continued learning. But after an hour, they began feeling guilt pangs and decided to go outside to help the coachman and his horse. When they found him, they saw him sitting on the snow and weeping. Sitting by him was his dead horse.

One of the students, Reb Cheikel Milsky, zs'l, said that after a few day, "Yitzchak the drunkard" called him to come to his house because he is going to die that night. Reb Cheikel was convinced that Yitzchak is drunk and therefore, decided to pay no heed. But Yitzchak repeated his request till Reb Cheikel finally understood that Yizchak wasn't drunk after all and promised he'll come to his house later that evening. When Reb Cheikel arrived at Yitzchak's house, Yitzchak requested that he should be buried in the Rabbinical section of the cemetery. Reb Cheikel tried explaining that this request is impossible to fulfill because only Rabbanim are buried in that section.

Yitzchok pointed to the old box by the corner and said that his writing are placed inside. He requested that his notes be taken to the Rav and the Rav will know what to do and fulfill his request.

Reb Cheikel promised Yitzchak to take the old box to the Rav and Reb Yitzchak, zs'kl, said "Shema Israel" and passed away.

Reb Cheikel took the writings to the Rav and after an hour of examining the writings, the Rav got up in a panic and understood that "Yitzchak the drunkard" was one of the 36 hidden Tzaddikim. He immediately ordered that Reb Yitzchak be buried in the Rabbinical section.

"Although I don't know the fate of my 4 friends," Reb Cheikel told his children and grandchildren, "But now you that you know who "Yitzchak the drunkard" was, you can understand why my unhealthy leg had to be amputated and why the doctors said there is no other choice and the second leg must also be amputated."

The Torah teaches us that one must have mercy on friends as well as their money, and one must have mercy on animals that carries heavy loads. In general, a person should always have awareness that animals should not to suffer, 'צער בעלי חיים'.




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