Monday, September 22, 2008

"So This Is What He Meant"

The Rebbe once told a story about a certain tzaddik whose attendant was a simple man. He attended the tzaddik constantly and heard a great deal from him, but he understood nothing and did not see any relevance in what he heard. Still, he had great faith in the tzaddik and his holy words. After many years, the tzaddik died. The man then started remembering all kinds of things he heard. In every situation he found himself remembering something the tzaddik had said, and he would say to himself, "So this is what he meant." In retrospect he could see that everything the tzaddik had said referred to his life as it was now unfolding.

(Tzaddik #544)