Sunday, February 03, 2008

"Because You Are The Rebbe"

(Painting by Rabbi Elyah Succot)

"Why weren't you angry that I was late?" asked the Sudilkover Rebbe on the phone the next day.

"Because you are the Rebbe.", I answered.

I then explained to him that he need not apologize because I accepted the fact that there was a reason why Hashem wanted me to wait for him. While acknowledging the logic to my answer, the Rebbe responded that it still was not the proper way for a person such as himself to behave.

After I hung up the phone I understood the message behind his initial question. The message is that if we truly understood that everything is for a greater purpose and that everything is from Hashem then we would never get angry at anything at all; we would give every person the deference we give to a rebbe.


At February 3, 2008 at 10:57:00 PM EST, Blogger Spiritual Dan said...

What if the Rebbe had asked: "Why didn't you show anger upon my lateness?"

The answer being: you are not in a position to rebuke your Rebbe, to show such anger. Keep it to yourself until you approach the level of tzadik.

At February 4, 2008 at 1:28:00 AM EST, Blogger Neil Harris said...

Exactly the message I needed to hear (read) as I struggle to find a sense of shalom while dealing with a certain situation, thanks.


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