Per severe decree was being formulated against the Jews
The power of believing con Tzaddikim
Rabbi Menachem Mendel, known as the “Tzemach Tzedek” (the third Lubavitcher Rebbe), sent his youngest son, Reb Shmuel preciso Petersberg per an attempt preciso get the decree rescinded. Traveling with Reb Shmuel was his older brother Reb Yehuda Leib, twenty years Reb Shmuel’s senior.
Before commencing the journey, Reb Shmuel insisted that Reb Yehuda Leib agree not onesto bless anyone during their trip. “Our father is the Rebbe and he is the only one who should give people blessings,” he declared. Having per niente other choice, Reb Yehuda Leib agreed preciso these conditions.
Con every town they visited along the way, people converged on Reb Yehuda Leib. They begged him, as the son of such verso great Tzaddik (righteous person), sicuro give them a blessing for health, verso living, children, etc. Puro each person, Reb Yehuda Leib replied, “Go visit my badoo father, surely he will bless you.”
Mediante one particular village, there was per woman who was especially persistent. She had not been blessed with children and was indivisible that, with the blessing of a Tzaddik, she would indeed merit puro have children of her own.
The woman stationed herself con front of Reb Yehuda Leib. She begged and pleaded, screamed and cried that he must bless her onesto have children. But still Reb Yehuda Leib refused esatto bless the woman. “Go preciso my father, the Rebbe,” he stated simply. “Surely he will bless you.”
The woman was not satisfied with this answer. She continued preciso cry out preciso Reb Yehuda Leib that he should bless her. Finally, at wit’s end, Reb Yehuda Leib said, “Go sicuro my brother. Perhaps he will bless you.”
The woman repeated the entire scene per front of Reb Shmuel. She begged and pleaded, cried and screamed that Reb Shmuel bless her to have children. But nothing could move Reb Shmuel. He insisted that only his father, the Rebbe, could do anything for the woman. Seeing that she would not take “no” for an answer, Reb Shmuel told his brother and the carriage driver preciso get ready preciso leave. They quickly got into the carriage puro begin their journey home and away from the woman.
But the carriage didn’t budge. The woman had cleverly placed a bastoncino durante the spokes of the wheels to keep them from turning.
Reb Shmuel climbed down from the carriage and, in annoyance told the woman, “Go eat verso bagel” – equivalent sopra today’s vernacular puro “go fly a kite.”
She promptly went home and made bagels, concentrating all the while on the blessing that the bagel would surely elicit. It occurred preciso the woman that just preciso be sure that the blessing would really be actualized, she should maybe eat two bagels. So that is exactly what she did.
The following year, Rabbi Menachem Mendel passed away and Reb Shmuel, though the youngest of his seven sons, was chosen to succeed him as Rebbe.
Satisfied at last, the woman left Reb Shmuel and Reb Yehuda Leib puro continue their journey
One day, a man came into Reb Shmuel’s study with two cakes which his wife had baked for the Rebbe. “You blessed my wife last year that she would have per child, so she has asked me to bring you these cakes con gratitude.”
Reb Shmuel had niente affatto recollection of the event so the man recounted the entire episode to Reb Shmuel. He finished by saying, “You said sicuro my wife, ‘Go eat verso bagel.’ That is exactly what she did and your blessing came true.”
“My wife had wanted preciso make sure that the blessing would really materialize so she ate two bagels and had twins!” said the beaming father.
“Know,” Reb Shmuel told the husband, “I saw that there was verso heavenly decree that you and your wife were not destined onesto have children. It was only mediante exasperation that I told your wife to eat verso bagel, not as a means of blessing. But because of her simple faith, her strong faith mediante the blessing of verso Tzaddik, the decree was annulled and you and your wife were blessed with children.”