Thursday, September 4, 2008

Exciting News and Developments



Our website http://www.chassidusonline.com/ has a new look, be sure to check out the new Download Library and share it with your friends http://www.chassidusonline.com/library.html

We have some serious interest in a new translation on Kedushas Levi http://www.chassidusonline.com/kedushas-levi.html

Download for Free Gott Fun Avrohom - A Segulah for Motzaei Shabbos by the Kedushas Levi http://www.chassidusonline.com/gotfunavrohom.html

Donations and Dedications are being accepted for this and other projects http://www.chassidusonline.com/dedications.html

Finally last but certainly not least the Noam Elimelech is in 2nd printing and almost sold out soon to be in 3rd printing thanks everyone for your support!

Many have asked me to produce another Noam Elimelech and this is under way imy"h.



I recieved bracha and encouragement from the Koliver Rebbe shlit"a

and the Lizhensker Rebbe shlit"a of Monsey.



The Biala Rebbe of Lugano shlit"a gave me his bracha and encouraged me as well as granting me permission to translate Biala's unique version of the Rebbe Reb Melech's tefillah.

Please print and use the Tefillah LiFnei Hatefilla on Yom Kippur its a great segulah! http://www.targum.com/files/zweckerprayer.pdf

May we all have a Kesiva veChasima Tova and a Good Year

Please keep me in your prayers for a good year Tal Moshe HaLevi ben Esther Frima

Please send me your names so that I may pray for you and your family and loved ones as well.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Mitzpeh HaGalil Vacation Village

We are trying to organize a chassidic community for English speakershere. Please contact me for additional info. If we can get a group tobuy together we can get a discount and a bais midrash /shul.

Mitzpeh HaGalil Vacation Village

The vision and the plan

Several affluent members in the international chareidi communityexpressedtheir desire to own vacation homes in the Holy Land. They wanted a self-contained vacation village with impeccable religious standards combined with the luxury they were accustomed to.

The Scharf brothers in conjunctionwith several other developers were determined to meet this challenge.

We discovered an enormous plot of land --over fifty acres --in the heart ofthe Galil, midway between Tiveria and Tsfas.

The view was magnificent- theKinneret and the Golan Heights to one side, the lush mountains surrounding Tsfas to the other side. We realized that it was the perfect location to create a vacation village. Our vision is to create an island of serenity in a luxurious setting.

The pristine mountain air, the surrounding towering peak, and, most important of all, the kedusha of Eretz Yisrael; what more could we ask for?

Located just minutes away from the mekomos hakedoshim in Tsfas, Meiron and Tiveria, the Mitzpeh Hagalil Vacation Village will consist ofexclusive villas, modern, self-contained suites, and two-story penthouses, all attractively finished in a combination of wood and stone.

The village will be professionally landscaped, with large grassy areas interspersed with shady trees. A shopping center is planned to serve the needs of the residents.

Located 300 meters above the Kinneret, completely open on the western side,the weather is breezy and comfortable in the summer, yet sunny in the winter.

The Housing Units 1.. Two story villas, with a porch on the roof· Located on a 242 square meter (approximately 2600 squarefeet)plot of land, with 121 square meters (approximately 1300 square feet)offloor space.· Adjacent parking areas.· Possibility to construct a private swimming pool in thebackyard. 2.. Compact 55 square meter (approximately 592 square feet) suites. 3.. Large two story penthouses.Communal Areas* A spacious luxurious synagogue complex with a central beis medrashandseveral small shteibelach. The entire synagogue complex will besurroundedby landscaped gardens, including a large grassy area, trees for shade,andplenty of park benches.* Close to 4 acres of landscaped park, including a promenade with apanoramic view of the mountains to one side, and the Kinneret andGolanHeights to the other side.* A large, central swimming pool* Two completely separate spas* A supervised children's play area, with activities such as arts andcrafts, story-time, etc.* A glatt kosher restaurant, which will remain open from early morninguntillate at night.* A shopping area* A medical clinic

Nearby sites of interest sites: The kivrei tzaddikimNatural hot springs such as Chamei Tiveria, Chamat Geder.Nature reserves Tzipori Boating and Jeep tours The KinneretRestaurantsWine cellarsThe ancient village of Corzin Tsfas

The Urban Building Plan
The present Urban Building Plan allows us to immediately construct
*800 units with a total of 132,920 square meters (approximately1,430,219square feet) of floor space, including two story villas and unitshoused in5 to 7 story multiple unit buildings.
*32,260 square meters (approximately 347,118 square feet) ofcommunityproperty.

Prices
1. villas: $285,000
2. suites: $106,000

Additional information:
We are requesting a 5% registration fee, to be deposited by the lawyer
in atrust fund. This is to assure that the people who register are seriously interested in purchasing an apartment.

Construction will begin in approximately 10 months.

Construction will be completed in three years.

Additional expenses:
Office expenses: 2%
Legal fees: 1%
Taxes: approximately 4-5%

Developers and management: Eretz Kodesh Ltd. and partners
Legal representation: The legal offices of Gllass-Bar Sela Lawyers,an internationally known legal team specializing in real estate, with experience in overseeing the legal aspects of dozens of Israelihousingprojects.
Architect: Mr. Iran Mabel, head of a large architect firm in Northern Israel with expertise in designing large housing projects in the Galil.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Welcome to all our new members!

This list is announcement only, However if there is a topic questionetc you wish to share email it to me and I will consider moderating and posting it to the list

Thanks
Kol Tuv,
R' Tal Moshe Zwecker
Director Machon Be'er Mayim Chaim
www.chassidusonline.com


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Book Review Published

http://www.jewishpress.com/displayContent_new.cfm?contentid=31617&mode=a&contentname=Title%3A_Mipeninei_Noam_Elimelech&recnum=0&sectionid=14

Sunday, May 11, 2008

What is Chassidus? Part 21

21. Guard yourself from speaking in the holy synagogue even words of mussar - character refinement because this can lead to speaking in idle matters.

What is Chassidus? Part 20

20. Guard yourself from speaking and thinking holy thoughts in a dirty, foul place. The evil inclination draws power from such actions.

What is Chassidus? Part 19

19. Guard yourself from saying the Divine name idly.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

What is Chassidus? Part 18

18. An important principle is to guard yourself from intoxicating beverages. This is an evil sickness that depresses and discourages very much. As the Tanna taught “Do not get drunk and you will not sin.”



(Related to #18 – In the commentary Heichal haBracha parshas Shemini the Komarna Rebbe writes to differentiate between light and darkness, this alludes to a form of stupidity that some people have. They drink brandy (or other hard liqour) excessively in order to shine and receive illumination and brilliance. However such brilliance is a husk or shell called klippas nogah. (Translators note see Tanya Chap.1 & 7) - By Rebbe Elimelech it was forbidden to drink anything (intoxicating) the last days of the succos festival until after the hakafos – circle of dancing in honor of Simchas Torah. [This was done so that] the stranger (referring to Satan or the evil inclination) should not mix with the holy joy. This is how we separate between the light and the darkness of depression not by drinking and getting drunk, rather through the light of Torah study which gladdens the heart. (Ohel Elimelech #306, Eser Tzachtzachos #67)

What is Chassidus? Part 17

17. Distance yourself from anything that does not promote your physical health in the service of the Divine. This is true whether it involves eating, drinking or other physical pleasures.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Travel with us or send your Kvitel to the Ba'al Shem Tov


We are planning on trying to organize a trip together with the Clevelander Rebbe Shlit"a on Shavous to the Holy Baal Shem Tov in Mezibuz on his yarzeit.


If you would like to join us please email me or call me at 054-842-4725 or 02-992-1218 in the USA voip 516-320-6022.
If you would like to send us your kvitel a note with requests for health blessings and parnassa etc. with your name and mother's name and details together with your tax deductible contrbution mail it to:
Mosdos Cleveland 11 Har Sinai St Ra'anana Israel

Friday, April 25, 2008

All salvations have their root in Exodus

"My great and illustrious ancestor the Rebbe Reb Elimelech from Lizhensk may his merit shield us said:

That any salvation by which a man is saved is rooted in the Exodus from Egypt - Yitzayas Mitzraim. "

(Binas Yisroel Grodzisk on Shavuos)

Shevii Shel Pesach A Segula for Emuna and Emunas Tzadikim




The Tzion of R' Mendele Rimanover


A Ba'al Nefesh one who wishes to master his soul, should concentrate all his efforts not to fall and tie himself even a little.

Therefore he should tie and bind himself to a great tree [i.e. a Tzadik] the mountain of Hashem.

This small knot is true faith emuna shleima.



I heard from one of my master's students who said in the name of his Rebbe the Rebbe Elimelech author of Noam Elimelech that there is an auspicous time of segula for this, which is the night of Shevii the 7th of Pesach.





One should strengthen himself and bind his mind and thoughts to the holy tzadikim which is a tried and true segula.





On this day it says in Shemos 14:31 "They believed in Hashem and Moshe his servant."





Their emunah was fulfilled through their connection to Moshe.
(Menachem Zion from Rav Menach Mendel of Rymanov)


Candles and Kvittelach at the Tzion of R' Mendele Rimanover

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Noam Elimelech - 21 Adar II 5768 in Lizhensk

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Noam Elimelech - 21 Adar II 5768 in Lizhensk

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Sorry these videos are so late I took them on the Yahrzeit but didnt figure out how to use this blogger feature till now!

Noam Elimelech - 21 Adar II 5768 in Lizhensk

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Chol HaMoed Pesach trip to the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

Ma Rabu Ma'asecha Hashem








Baruch Mashena Ha'Brios







I love Passover Chag Kasher veSameach


Pesach Kasher veSameach
yes its a real potato

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Noam Elimelech - Onsale @ Targum Now!


Mipeninei
Noam Elimelech

As the Rebbe of all Rebbes and the recognized third-generation leader of Chassidus, the Noam Elimelech is revered for his holiness and brilliance. His profound sefer of Torah elucidations has been diligently studied for centuries. But how many can truly understand his lofty teachings? In this groundbreaking, first-ever English rendition of selections from the Noam Elimelech's classic sefer, Rabbi Tal Moshe Zwecker has opened the world of chassidus - the world of the Noam Elimelech to the English speaking public. With essays based on the weekly parashah and various appendices, including his famous "tzeitel katan" and his stirring "prayer before prayer", every one will be deeply moved and inspired by this important and profound work.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Story of the Megillah relevant to all times

The Halacha or Jewish Law is:

"One many not read the Megillah le'mafreya (backwards or out of order)."

( Source: Talmud Megillah Chap 2 Mishna 1)

The Yetiv Panim explained this concept according to Chassidus:

"The holy seforim have already explained that this means that one may not read the megillah in a backwards sense, meaning that one should not see the megillah as a historical document with no bearing on the present. I say that one should not read the megillah le'mafreya, do not read the megilah as if it happened once in the past, rather it's miracles continue to this very day."


It is our obligation to understand that the story of Purim and the Megilla's meaning transcends all time, in fact it is happening right now!

And the story of evil wicked men continues todays current Haman the wicked Iranian Persian leader Ahmedanijad has once again vowed the fatal vow: to wipe us off the map. B'Kol Dor veDor Omdim Aleynu leChalasaynu, in every generation there are Hamans who stand up and threaten us with annihilation. VeHakodosh baruch Matzilaynu me'yadam - However Hashem saves us from them.

I urge the worldwide Jewish community: Today we do not enact public fasts, however our situation is a grave and dangerous one, we are threatened on all sides from Iran, Ahmedinajad. From Gaza, Hamas, from Yesha its Fatah, from the North Hizbullah and more and more. . .

Ta'anis Esther is a public fast day of Teshuva not of mourning, It is a commemoration of the Tefilas Tzadikim of Esther and Mordechai and the Jewish people.

Let us take that oppurtunity to fast pray and call out to Hashem and He will surely save us! Let us recite Tehillim against Tillim rockets in public be'tzibur. Let us fill the shuls with our children Tinokos shel Ba's Raban! Let their pure voices call out, Avinu Malkeinu Kra Roa Gzar Dinenu! Our Father and King rescind and rip up any evil decrees against us!!!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Your kvitelach to Lizhensk

Dear readers, thanks to one of my sponsors, with Hashem's help I will be at the tzion of the holy Rebbe Reb Melech in Lizhensk for the yahrzeit on 21 Adar II.

Please email kvitelach and I will be happy to take them to Lizhensk with me. Kvitelach should be accompanied by a donation if possible. Off course I will take with me all kvitelach sent whether accompanied by a donation or not.

The Rebbe Reb Melech says that the donation, called a pidyon, connects the giver with the one he petitions and allows him to have a connection whereby he has a "right" to petition Hashem on his behalf.Since that's what the Rebbe says, I urge people to take his advice. US, Canadian, or Israeli tax deductible contributions can be sent to:

Mosdos Cleveland
11 Rechov Har Sinai
Ra'anana, Israel

Note: Include a USA/Israeli check payable to Mosdos Cleveland. Canadian: Shikun Cleveland. Kvitelach should be Hebrew name and mothers Hebrew name and request.

For your convenience, a virtual Hebrew keyboard can be found here

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Swastikas Spray-painted On Kever Of Noam Elimelech of Lizhensk


Swastikas Spray-painted On Kever Of Noam Elimelech of Lizhensk


March 6, 2008 Filed under: General News — Y.W. Editor @ 10:19 am -->


YWN has learned that the Ohel of the Kever of the Noam Elimelech ZATZAL in Lizhensk - has been scrawled with swastikas. Apparently, visitors to the Kever arrived in the morning and found the swastikas, and other Nazi slogans spray-painted all over the Ohel. This incident come on the heels of the desecration perpetrated at the Ohel of Rav Levi Yitchok Berdichev - just two days ago!

Tzion of Kedushas Levi Attacked in Ukraine


Tzion of R' Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev Attacked in Ukraine by Ezra HaLevi

The tomb of chassidic master Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev was vandalized with swastikas and Nazi slogans Monday.

Several nearby graves at the Jewish cemetery in the Ukranian village were vandalized as well.


The walls of the building atop the rabbi’s tomb were spray-painted with nationalist Ukranian slogans in addition to swastikas and anti-Jewish messages. Local Jews say the tomb itself was also attacked, and its windows smashed last Saturday, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Though Ukrainian police are investigating, no arrests have been made.

Rabbi Levi Yitzchok (1740-1810), known as the Berdichever Rebbe, was one of the main disciples of the Maggid of Mezritch. He was known as the Jewish people’s "defense attorney" in Heaven as it was believed that he could intercede on their behalf before G-d. One of the most beloved leaders of Eastern European Jewry, he authored the chassidic classic Kedushas Levi, a commentary on Jewish religious books and laws arranged according to the weekly Torah portion.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Day of prayer and fasting this Tuesday in response to the threats facing the Jewish people

The hareidi-religious Council of Torah Sages in Israel and the United States has issued a call for a day of prayer and fasting this Tuesday in response to the threats facing the Jewish people.Addressed to “Our fellow Jews living in Eretz Yisroel (the Land of Israel) and to Jewish communities everywhere,” the proclamation continues:

“The difficult situation of the Jewish community in Eretz Yisroel fills us with trepidation. Nobody knows what the new day will bring. In our sins, we see the fulfillment of the posuk [Biblical verse] "Behold Your enemies are in uproar and those who hate You have raised their heads. Against Your nation they deviously plot, and take counsel against those whom You protect." Our eyes are lifted in prayer to the Creator, that all of the goings-on in the world turn out for the good.

“From both within and without the crisis mounts. The danger threatens both body and soul. During these days, items are on agendas that could place entire populations of Jews into grave danger, G-d forbid - including those in the Holy City of Jerusalem. Further, there are constant attempts to undermine the foundations of pure education in Eretz Yisroel and to cause harm to the holiness of the Nation of Israel. Therefore it is incumbent on us to fortify ourselves with Torah, prayer and good deeds, to awaken the mercy of Heaven.

“Dear brethren, awaken and inspire yourselves to pour out prayer before the Creator of the world, that He have pity and protect His nation from all who stand up against us, that He abolish the intentions of those who hate us and nullify the plots of our enemies, and that the eyes of the misguided be opened to the realization that their path is foolishness and they should leave Hashem's nation to guard its path and faith, without hindrance or interference.

We therefore call on members of Hashem's holy nation in all the places they reside, men, women and children, to gather in tefilla [prayer] on Tuesday, Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar Rishon, 5768, to recite chapters of Psalms and the liturgy of Yom Kippur Koton .

May Hashem hear our pleas, and turn His face to us so that we may be saved with a permanent salvation soon. And let us merit to see, quickly, the redemption of Yisroel, and gaze upon the building of the Beis HaMikdosh, quickly in our days, amen.

The proclomation is signed by the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah (the hareidi-religious Council of Torah Sages), and the hareidi political parties Agudas Yisroel (Chassidic) and Degel HaTorah ("Flag of Torah”) – together the United Torah Judaism party. It was joined by the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of America.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Simcha Shel Mitzva

The two brothers, the famed The Rebbe Reb Elimelech of Lyzensk and The Rebbe Reb Zushe of Anipoli, often wandered about together posing as simple beggars.

They would mingle with the masses; listening, teaching, speaking, helping and guiding whomever and whenever they could.

Once while traveling with a group of vagabonds, members of the group were accused of being thieves, resulting in the entire bunch being thrown into jail. Confident of their innocence and eventual release, the two brothers sat quietly. As the afternoon progressed, Reb Melech stood up to prepare himself to daven mincha. . . .

"But why weep?" continued Rebbe Zushe. "Don't you know that the same G‑d who commanded you to pray, also commanded you not to pray when the room is unfit for prayer? By not praying in this room, you have achieved a connection with G‑d. True, it is not the connection that you had sought. Yet, if you truly want the Divine connection, you would be happy that G‑d has afforded you the opportunity to obey His law at this time, no matter what it is."

"You are right, my brother!" exclaimed Rebbe Elimelech, suddenly smiling. The feelings of dejection banished from his heart and mind, Rebbe Elimelech took his brother's arm and began to dance from joy as a result of performing the mitzvah of not praying in an inappropriate place.


full story here... http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/619475/jewish/The-Joy-of-a-Mitzvah.htm

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tu BiShevat

http://www.chassidusonline.com/tubishvat.html

The Bnei Yisaschar (Month of Shevat, 2:2) writes that "A person should pray on Tu BeShevat to find a kosher, beautiful, mehudar esrog with which to fulfill the mitzvah."

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Segula for Parnasa - Parshas HaMan

Today on the 3rd day of Parshas Beshalach, there is a Segula for Parnasa from the Rebbe Reb Mendele Rimanover (Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Rymanov a talmid of the Rebbe Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk), to read Parshas HaMon, "Shnayim Mikra v'Echad Targum," reading the Hebrew verses twice and the Aramaic translation of Onkelos once.

Parshas HaMan can be found in Shemos 16:4 - 36 ]

There correct way to read "Shnayim Mikra v'Echad Targum" according to the Arizal is to read each verse at a time, twice in the Hebrew and once in the Aramaic, before going on to the next verse.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Rebbe Reb Zusia of Hanipoli Zatzal

Today is the 2nd of Shvat, the yohrzeit of the Rebbe Reb Zisha of Hanipoli the brother of the Noam Elimelech.

The Holy and awesome Rebbe Meshulam Zisha of Hanipoli was well known and famous in all of Israel as a great light and his glory shone as a great candle which throws sparks of light, purity and sanctity deep, deep into the hearts of every Jew. His efforts bore fruit and he turned many Jews away from sin, by wandering (in self imposed exile) from town to town and city to city to purify the hearts of the Jewish people. To plant in their hearts fear and awe of heaven as well as sincere service of Hashem together with his brother the Holy Rebbe Reb Elimelech of Lyzhansk. Their words live on till this day igniting the Jewish soul to shine bright as the splendor of the firmament and the glory of the heavens.

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It is related that their father Rabbi Eliezer Lipa was a wealthy man, who gave generously to help support the poor. Their mother Mirel was likewise righteous. She was known to travel every Thursday into town to distribute alms to the poor so that they would have money in honor of Shabbos. The gentile wagon driver never saw her for in her modesty she never allowed herself to be seen and she was never seen by a non-Jew altogether.

The Rebbe Reb Zisha himself related about his saintly mother that although she was uneducated and could not read the Hebrew Prayers in the Siddur, rather she would say the Blessings by heart and that in the place where she recited the morning blessings the Divine presence of the Shechinah dwelled.

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Reb Eliezer himself was a great philanthropist – a Baal tzedakah with a large heart. Whenever he was traveling in his coach if he saw somebody walking he would offer them a lift. It once happened that he passed a bedraggled beggar and offered him a lift to sit with him together in the coach. Surprisingly the poor man refused on the grounds that although he was indeed headed towards the city his custom was to beg for alms from door to door among all the villages on the way to town. If he was to take Reb Eliezer’s offer he would lose that opportunity. Reb Eliezer offered him a donation equal to whatever he would make on his rounds. Whereupon the poor man declined once again saying that all his friends and acquaintances that knew him would not see him and wonder at his absence and he would miss them as well. Reb Eliezer could not give up this opportunity to help the poor man and offered to at least transport his heavy satchel and leave it for him in town by the inn. Finally to this last request the poor beggar agreed whereupon Reb Eliezer happily took his baggage and gave him a handsome donation as well.

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Reb Eliezer was also a major contributor to funds helping the redemption of captives. He would sometimes spend great amounts of money to help redeem a fellow Jew. It once happened that a Jew and his family owed the local Poretz – a squire a large sum of money for their arrendar. They had been unable to pay for quite some time. The angry nobleman arrested the Jew and his family impounding them in his dungeon. When Reb Eliezer Lipa heard of their plight he gathered all of his funds amounting to one thousand silver coins and set out to appease the squire and redeem the poor Jew and his family. The problem was that the debt amounted to several thousand silver coins. Reb Eliezer asked his holy sons to pray that Hashem grant them favor in the eyes of the nobleman. Reb Eliezer approached the squire and attempted to placate him with the following argument: "Although it is true that this Jew owes you a much larger sum he cannot pay. If you hold him in prison what good does it do you in terms of advancing your payment? It cannot help you cover the loss. If however you agree to release them I am willing to pay you one thousand silver coins. You will still recover some of the debt in this manner." The nobleman thought about it and agreed.

He then said to Reb Eliezer "you seem to me to be a just and upright man I would therefore like to offer you a good business deal. My brother in law is the squire in such and such a province. He has an abundance of flax and he is looking for a sincere and honest merchant to sell it to. I will write you a letter of introduction and recommendation and he will offer you a good deal that you will profit from." Reb Eliezer answered the squire "I would gladly do so however I just gave you all of my money to redeem your captives and I have none left." Hashem caused Reb Eliezer to find favor in the eyes of the nobleman, who had pity on him. "Here, take back the money you gave me and here is a letter of introduction for my brother in law." When the second squire read Reb Eliezer’s letter of recommendation from his brother in law he readily agreed to do business with Reb Eliezer. He took Reb Eliezer to his flax storehouses to show him the merchandise. As Reb Eliezer was walking on the grounds he heard faint crying and sobbing coming from somewhere. He asked the nobelman’s workers what the sound was? The answered him that it is the sound of a poor Jew crying from the dungeon. He was unable to pay his rent so the squire ordered him to be put in jail and left without food or water till he starved to death. It has been two days since we gave him any food they said. When Reb Eliezer heard this he realized that another important mitzvah of redeeming captives had come his way.

He immediately went to the squire and begged him to release the Jew for the thousand silver coins to which he agreed. Once finished he said to the squire I cannot do business with you because I see that you are a cruel and heartless man! How can you starve a man to death! The squire was upset to lose such a good business deal. He promised Reb Eliezer that he would never incarcerate and treat a Jew in such a way again. "In fact," said the nobleman "I will even count the money you gave me to redeem this Jew on account for the flax as a down payment, lower my price and give you the rest of the merchandise on credit!" Reb Eliezer agreed and he made the deal. The price he got was very good and he was successful in selling the flax for a large profit. In this manner he became quite wealthy.

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The Rebbe Reb Zisha was the oldest of seven brothers. He was older than the Rebbe Reb Melech by 15 years.

When Reb Eliezer Lipa passed away his wealth was distributed among his children. The Rebbe Reb Zisha however only inherited all his father’s debts. The amounts owed to him added up to a considerable sum. However it required someone to go and collect it. The brothers reasoned that since Reb Zisha appeared free and he didn’t sit and learn all day he would have time to go and collect from all those people who owed their father money.

In reality the Rebbe Reb Zisha immediately declared that all the debts owed him and his father were hereby cancelled and waived. The Rebbe Reb Zisha himself was left poor and penniless. He began to wander from town to town in search of some livlihood until he came to Mezritch were the Maggid, the Baal Shem Tov’s successor held court. He became connected; tied to the Maggid and the Chassidim with bonds of love. There he learned the way to serve Hashem by nullifying his material existence.

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When the Rebbe Reb Zisha came to become a student and follower of the great and holy Mezritcher Maggid, the Maggid taught him "To serve Hashem and come close to Him you must teach yourself to learn three things from a baby and seven from a thief. From a baby you must learn to: 1 Always be happy, 2 Never sit idle, and 3 you must cry for what you want and ask for. From a thief you must learn: 1 to work by night, 2 if you don’t succeed the first night try again the second night, 3 camaraderie and kinship among each other, 4 he will exert himself and give his soul for even a small thing, 5 even though he exerted himself for that thing it is not worth much in his eyes and he would be willing to sell it for a trifle, 6 he is willing to suffer beatings and hardships to learn his trade and get what he needs and 7 he loves his job and would never exchange it for another. These words are very deep as to how one can serve Hashem.

(A similar teaching is found in the name of Rav Yitzhak of Vorki one must learn 3 things from a baby 1 if he is hungry he cries so too we must cry if we need parnasah, 2 he is never idle, so too we must never be idle, and 3 he never worries, so too we must not worry instead we should continuously serve Hashem with joy!)

The Rebbe from Komarna related that he heard from his father in law the Tzadik Avraham Mordechai of Pintshov that the Rebbe Reb Zisha in his poverty served as a Shamash in Ostra. He would fast two or three days in a row and then he would ask one of the residents for some bread to satisfy his hunger. Once Reb Zisha said to himself that it is a lack of faith in Hashem to go begging and asking for bread rather he resolved to trust in Hashem alone and Hashem will send him his food and sustenance. After fasting for three consecutive days he was weak and the verge of death, however no one gave him any food. In the heavens there arose a great uproar, since no one was found worthy of the mitzvah of sustaining so lofty a soul and giving Reb Zisha something to eat! Even though there were many worthy upright individuals in that town no one was of the caliber worthy of the mitzvah of supporting Reb Zisha. Hashem then created a miracle so that two nipple like openings, opened in Reb Zisha’s mouth, from one would come forth milk and from the other honey. For three full months Reb Zisha was nourished from these miraculous openings alone. After three months somebody approached Reb Zisha and offered him 6 Groshen to buy bread. At that moment the miracle stopped and the openings closed up.

Commentary on last story

(In the Zohar Parshas VaYakhel pg 198a a poor man that comes to someone is described as a gift sent from Hashem to that man who sustains him and see Rashi on Gemara Succah 49b "Is it true that all who jump to give charity are allowed to and provided with worthy individuals to give to? The verse says it is precious teaching us that one must pay attention to chase and run after the opportunity since it is not always around and does not always present itself. In the Gemara Mesechs Shabbos 53b there is a story of a man whose wife passed away leavening a baby to nurse, he didn’t have enough money to hire a wet nurse so Hashem made for him a miracle and opened his nipples like a woman’s so that he could nurse his son. In Midrash Bereshis Rabba 30:9 Rav Yudan taught once Mordechai searched for a wet nurse for Esther and could not find one, so he himself nursed her.)

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