Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Warm Heart for the Cold Winter

The Shpola Zeideh ("Grandfather of Shpola"), a disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch, was a man of intense fervor, far more than any of his colleagues - the Maggid's other disciples. When he visited the Alter Rebbe in Liadi in 5569 or 5570 (1809 or 1810) he related that when he was a child of three he saw the Baal Shem Tov. "He placed his holy hand on my heart and ever since I have felt warm."

A gesture of a tzadik, certainly seeing him and hearing his voice, must make an impression never to be forgotten.

(From a Sicha by the Rebbe Rayatz of Lubavitch)

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