Thursday, November 27, 2008

Farbie time! (short and nutra)

Today was the yahrtzeit of R' Michoel der Alter, one of the original mashpiim/mashgichim in Tomchei Tmimim in Lubavitch. When he got old, and couldn't give shiur anymore, the administration of the of the yeshiva wanted to take him off the payroll. The Rebbe Rashab said that they couldn't do this, because the sight of him was worth all his salary.

Once R' Michoel was patrolling zal, and he noticed a group of bochurim who were talking instead of learning. He went over and said, "What are you guys talking about." They said, "Hanhala's many problems" Now, a normal mashpia would have cursed them out for their chutzpah, but not R' Michoel, who said, "You think you know what our problems are? Believe you me, we're a lot worse than you think we are!"

R' Aharon the great of Karlin said, it's no sin to be depressed, and there's no mitzvah to go to mikve everyday, but depression can lead to the worst things in the world, and mikve leads to the best things in the world.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

"and mikve leads to the best things in the world."

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The Real Shliach said...

and your point...?

Cheerio said...

well, women's mikves, for sure....

The Real Shliach said...

Absolutely no comment.

Btw, it's great to see that you came out of your hole.

Cheerio said...

not going to tackle this one? no contradictory-for-the-sake-of-being-contradictory comments? i'm disappointed.

The Real Shliach said...

What, I should disagree with you and say that mikve isn't a wonderful thing? I mean, hello, I said that in the first place. Then you concurred. I'm supposed to backtrack now? Besides, what could I say? Women's mikves don't lead to good things? And if they do? Then what do I say? I'm not sure if you noticed this or not, but I do happen to be a bochur, and there are certain things that even I won't say.

Once again, btw, I'm quite impressed by your quick responses.

Cheerio said...

hey, its not like contradicting yourself isn't something you haven't done before! 'sides, one never knows where another draws the line until one has reached said line.
and as for quick responses: this is what happens when you don't have a job. you end up sitting in pjs at a quarter to three in the afternoon, wondering how you're going to go grocery shopping if you have no money and blogging.

The Real Shliach said...

Me contradict myself? Never happened. All right, all the time. No, never.

I'm happy to discourse on this topic, but perhaps not in such a public forum, and perhaps not with this particular agent provocateur.

No job or money, huh? At least you have the Internet. Man's best friend.

Cheerio said...

and woman's.

The Real Shliach said...

Who mentioned them?!

Cheerio said...

last time i checked thats what i was!

The Real Shliach said...

Yeah, whatever (wo)man.

e said...

the way you spell mikve gets me nervous. could you start writing mikveh?

e said...

because TRS is being derelict in his duties, I shall have to argue with cheerio.
HELLO!! you totally missed the point. for men going to mikveh is in the category of "great things that aren't mitzvot." For a woman it's in the category of "great things which scripturally mandated." R' aharon wasn't getting into scripturally mandated good things. Women have no connection to reb ahraon's original statement. you and your fartamteh feminine brain needed to mix things up.

The Real Shliach said...

Re: mikveh-I'll see what I can do.

Re: women-for cheerio, it would be a non-required great thing, unless of course there's something we don't know.

Cheerio said...

hey, don't blame MY fartamteh feminine brain for this! i was just following up on the subtle innuendo of anonymous' comment.

The Real Shliach said...

because one person is sick you also have to be?