Saturday, 26 March 2011

The Great Value of a Beautiful Wife: Dedicated to Those Special Women...

We read stories about the Tzaddkim at the Melave Malka (the fourth "Shabbat" meal) as we see the Shabbat out - to bring blessing into our next week - to take a message with us and hold on to it as we work through another six days - until another special day of rest.

This story from Ascent of Safed is dedicated to all those beautiful women who value their husbands, support them in doing more goodness and kindness in the world, and who value the Torah as the ultimate guide in helping us all reach these beautiful goals. May those on the receiving side be worthy of giving back to them appropriately to thank them in some way for their truly altruistic kindness.

In loving memory of ARYEH-LEIB HAKOHEN ben Eliyahu & Malka (Leon A.) LAUTERBACH, 
who just passed on to his heavenly reward on Shabbat Erev Purim.
The Feminine Antidote

The Midrash says that Aharon's two oldest sons, Nadav and Avihu, died young at the time of the dedication of the Tabernacle in the desert because they never married. However, the Torah verse (Lev. 10:1,2) specifically says that they died for having brought alien fire to the holy altar. How are we to reconcile these conflicting reasons?

Consider the possible answer provided by the following story.

Rabbi  David of Zubeltov, son of the rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kosov, once became so ill that even the best physicians despaired of his life.

Not so his wife, Rebbetzin Pesya Leah, daughter of the eminent Sassover Rebbe. She refused to make peace with this decree. She sat by her husband's bedside and did not cease her praying and weeping. "Please, G-d," she pleaded tearfully; "let my saintly husband recover."

The good woman's fervent prayer split the very heavens and, despite the doctors' gloomy prognosis, the patient began to improve slowly. Soon her husband was back on his feet, leading his flock as before.

Reb David'l knew to whom he owed his recovery. He was well aware of his wife's devoted prayers. Once, in the company of his closest chasidim, he said, "Now that I am healthy again, I understand why the Midrash says Nadan and Avihu died because they did not have wives. If they had had wives like my own worthy Rebbetzin Leah, who would have prayed for them, they would surely have been saved from death despite their having brought improper fire before G-d!"

[Source: Adapted by Yerachmiel Tilles from "Tales of Tzaddikim" (ArtScroll) by G. MaTov]

Connection: Weekly Reading – 10:1-2

Biographical note: 

Rabbi  David of Zubeltov (1797 - 25 Iyar 1846) was the son of Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Kosov and the son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sassov. He became a rebbe in his own right at the young age of 29. He was held in great respect for his wisdom, even by the other rebbes of his generation.

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