Thursday, March 31, 2016

Segulah - Shabbos MeVorchin Chodesh Nissan

There is a segulah from the Kozhnitzer Maggid to recite three well-known
stories (reproduced below) related to Pesach, (usually on the Shabbos when
we bless the new month of Nissan). The segulah is that the stories will
bless the Jewish people with an abundance of provisions and necessities for
the upcoming Pesach.

*Three Stories that are a Segulah for Parnasa for Pesach*

1.) A certain Jew was selling brandy before Pesach, to provide for the
upcoming holiday expenses. He went from country to country, but at one
border, the guards seized his barrel, since he lacked the proper licenses.
The Jew quickly traveled to the Rebbe Reb Meilech and poured out his heart.
The Rebbe Reb Meilech told him to tell the guards to taste the contents of
the barrel; it was only water. The Jew did as the Rebbe had told him. They
were surprised to find that the Jew was telling the truth! They returned
the barrel to him, but then he went back to the Rebbe, crying: "Now how can
I provide for my family for the holiday? The barrel of brandy was my only
way of earning a livelihood and now it's full of water!" The Rebbe Reb
Meilech told him to taste the contents of the barrel. To his delight, it
was full of brandy once again! And the Jew had all the neccesities for
Pesach in abundance!

2.) A king lost his ring. He proclaimed that he would pay a handsome salary
to everyone who searched for it. There was a poor Jew who had no money for
Pesach. His wife advised him to take up the king's offer. So he joined in
the search, and with the money he earned, he bought all the necessities for
Pesach. This Jew was also a generous fellow; he invited many guests for the
seder that year.

Among the king's advisors was a wicked anti-Semite. On the seder night he
went to the Jew's home and peeked in through the window. When he saw the
Jew eating and drinking and not searching for the king's ring, he saw his
chance. He quickly went back to the palace. "Your Majesty," he said.
"You've been fooled.

I'll show you!" The king followed his advisor to the house of the poor
Jew,and peered in the window. There was the Jew at a table full of guests,
eating and drinking like a king! Still, the king was loath to think ill of
his Jewish subject. He told the advisor, "This Jew is probably
interrogating these men to see if they know the ring's whereabouts."

This Jew's custom was that at "Dayenu," he would recite each verse and all
the guests would respond, "Dayenu." It so happened that the advisor's name
was none other than Dayenu. Just then, they all answered in chorus
"Dayenu!" The king's advisor paled.

The king understood this to mean that his trusted advisor had in fact
stolen the ring. He commanded his royal guards to seize the advisor and
jail him, and he confessed to the crime. And the Jew had all the
neccesities for Pesach in abundance!

3.) There was a certain Jew who worked hard for his landlord, the poritz.
One day, the poritz said, "It's lucky for you that I support you.
Otherwise, you would starve!" In his simple faith, the Jew answered, "What
are you saying? There's a G-d in Heaven and He provides for all His
creatures. If the poritz won't serve as G-d's agent, G-d will find me

The poritz angrily banished the Jew from his property. This occurred right
before Pesach. This poor Jew now had no money to buy the necessary
provisions. The poritz had a huge treasury where he kept all his gold. He
would go in from time to time to count and polish his coins. He would spit
on each coin and then polish it till it shone. The poritz' pet monkey would
go with the poritz into the treasury and watch him. He saw his master put
the coins close to his mouth; he thought that the poritz was eating the
coins! Monkey see, monkey do. The monkey copied his master. It stole alone
into the treasury and feasted on the gold coins. The monkey ate so many
coins that it died.

When the poritz came into his treasury and saw the dead monkey, he didn't
realize the cause of its death. His anger had not abated, and he commanded
his servant to throw the monkey into the Jew's house, to teach him a
lesson. "If I don't provide for him, no one will!" The servant threw the
monkey in through the window. When it landed, its stomach burst and all the
gold coins came pouring out. Then the Jew was able to buy an abundance of
provisions for Pesach.

On the seder night, the poritz sent his servant to see how the Jew was
suffering without food. But the servant reported that the Jew's house was
full of food and drink. The poritz later sent for the Jew and asked him
from where he'd had money. The Jew told the poritz how someone had thrown a
dead monkey into his house and that hundreds of gold coins had burst from
it. The poritz then admitted, "Now I truly see that it's Hashem Who
provides for us all." And the Jew had all the neccesities for Pesach in

May you all be blessed with abundant resources for a Freilicha and Kosher
Pesach, May your tables abound with guests who enlighten your seder with
gems of Torah, May you and your children and your children's children not
know from want all of your days, May your seder table be blessed with the
visable revelation of Eliyahu haNavi in preparation for the coming of
Melech Moshiach. Amen.

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