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It is written in the Midrash, “HaShem saw that the tzadikim were few so he planted them in every generation.” It is clear to me that Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach was a tzadik from a different time.  A tzadik as great as Reb Shlomo you would expect in the generation of King David.  What a privilege it is to be close to such a holy man.  I cannot thank G-d enough.

I had the privilege of knowing him since I was a baby.  I learned from him what it means to be a Jew.  He taught me the sweetness of Torah, the true joy of doing mitzvot, and how to really pray.  He didn’t just teach us with words, he lifted us up to the highest Heavens.

Rebbe Shlomo taught us: “You inherit money after someone dies.  When is the deepest, deepest Torah given over?  Right before someone passes away.”

A few weeks before Shlomo passed away I had the privilege of being in a class with him.  That night he revealed to me the deepest Torah.  It wasn’t just the words….  He gave me a taste of true joy, bliss, happiness.  I received a taste of Paradise, of the Redemption.  All the pleasures of the world don’t amount to that one taste.  I swore to myself that I would never forget those minutes.

But he also taught me where that joy is to be found.  When you pray to G-d with all your heart, when you do someone a favor, when you cry over every word of Torah you learn, that is the absolute highest joy in the world.  The deepest depths

If I count all the tears I cried since infancy, they don’t amount to the tears I cried over Rebbe Shlomo’s passing.  I don’t know if there was ever such a big loss since Moshe Rabbenu left the world.  But what he left for us….

 

Rabbi Nachman says that the essence of the Torah that a person teaches is revealed only after he leaves the world.  Therefore, after a person leaves the world, we need to learn his teachings and connect to his Chassidim.

That is why this book is being published.

Zivi Ritchie


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Little Josh was brought to Dr. Gill cause he hadn’t eaten anything for days. Dr. Gill offered him all the goodies he could think of. No luck. He tried a little scolding. It didn’t work. A little pleading, to no avail. Finally he sat down, faced the boy, looked him in the eye. He said, “Look young man, if you can be stubborn, so can I. You’re not going anywhere till you eat something. You can have whatever you want, but only after you have eaten will you leave.” Josh just sat and glared for some time, then said “OK. I’ll eat but I have some conditions. First, I’ll have exactly what I want and exactly how I want it and second you’ll share with me.” Dr. Gill was OK with this. He asked the child what he’d like. “Worms!” said Josh. Dr. Gill was horrified but didn’t want to back out and seem like a loser. So, he ordered a plate of worms to be brought in. “Not that many, just one,” yelled Josh as he saw the plate. So, everything other than one worm was removed. Josh then demanded that the single worm be cut into two pieces and then Dr. Gill eat half. Dr. Gill went through the worst ordeal of his life, and after finishing, barely managing to keep his cool, said, “OK, now eat!” Josh refused as he sobbed, “No way! You ate my half!”


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