Wednesday, April 20, 2005

More On Genealogy

Today, the study of one's roots has become quite fashionable. One may discover that his ancestors came from Edelfingen, Pshemishel, Izmir, or wherever else one's investigations may lead. I once had a visitor who, after telling me of his own very important yichus, asked me about mine. My response was, "My yichus is that I come from very honest people, whose 'yes' meant 'yes', and whose 'no' meant 'no; and who always gave to the Torah, and never took from it."

(Rabbi Shimon Schwab)


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