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Reb Elimelech Stories Print E-mail

Hassidic StoriesThe 21st of Adar is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Elimelech (ben Elazar) Lipman of Lizhensk, known as the “Rebbe Reb Meilich,”  author of Noam Elimelech, (1717-1787). Learned under the Maggid of Mezritch.  Among his students were Rav Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta, The Chozeh of Lublin, the Maggid of  Kozhnitz, and Rav Menachem Mendel of Rimanov.

When Rabbi Elimelech said the Kiddush on the Sabbath, he occasionally took out his watch and looked at it. For in that hour, his soul threatened to dissolve in bliss, and so he looked at his watch in order to steady himself in time in the world.

When the Sabbath began, Reb Elimelech could not endure the voices proclaiming it in heaven. He had to stop up his ears to keep the holy thunder of the Sabbath from deafening him.

Reb Elimelech once set out for home from the city he had visited and all the Hasidim accompanied him for a long stretch of the way. When his carriage drove through the gate, he got out, told the coachman to drive on, and he walked behind the carriage in the midst of the throng. They were astonished to see him and they asked him why he had done this. He answered: “when I saw the great devotion with which you were performing the good work of accompanying me, I could not bear to be excluded from it!”

Reb Elimelech once said: “I am certain to have a share in the coming world. When I stand in the court of justice above, and they asked me: “have you studied all you should?” I shall answer, “no.” Then they will ask: “have you prayed all you should?” And again I shall answer, “no.” And they will put a third question to me: “have you done all the good you should?” And this time too, I shall have to give the same answer then they will pronounce the verdict: “you told the truth. For the sake of truth, you deserve a share in the coming world.”
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