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Haggadah-Our Ancestors Were Idolaters-Ropshitz

The Rophshitzer remarked to a Tzaddik, “You, who are of lowly descent, are better off than I, who am of noble lineage. When you have performed your Services in the holy fashion, you can enjoy a little brandy afterwards, and think to yourself that you are superior to your ancestors. Not so with me. After I complete my prayers and partake of a little brandy, the taste is bitter within me, inasmuch as I think to myself, ‘ Is this simple service all that I can offer to God? Have not my ancestors far outshone me?’ Hence you see that noble birth does not aid in the performance of Service to God, but merely helps to embitter the brand the after prayers.” (Esser Tzatzachot, page 90)


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