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When I was only a few months old, my mother took me to a concert given by Rebbe Shlomo. During the intermission, Rebbe Shlomo wandered through the audience in order to greet everyone, as was his habit. My mother was holding me over her shoulder. Suddenly I saw his smiling face. The image of this smiling, bearded face was so strong in my mind that I never forgot it. As I was growing up, whenever I was going through hard times, I would remember that smiling, nameless face, and it would carry me through the crisis.

When I was around twenty years old I was at the home of a friend and, hanging on the wall, I saw a picture of that smiling man! I asked him, “Who is that?!”

He answered, “Rebbe Shlomo Carlebach.”

I wanted to meet him right away, and asked where I could find him. My friend said that it would be best if I went to Israel to see him. My parents were opposed to this, and it took me a few months to finally arrange the trip.

As soon as I arrived in Israel I asked people, “Where is Rebbe Shlomo?”

They told me, “Don’t you know? He just died.”

(Yoel*)

 

 

 

 


Sometimes you meet a person, and you forget about him immediately. When you meet someone who is real, you remember him forever.

 

If I meet a friend after ten years and they still remember me, I blow my mind. Unbelievable. You mean I reached you so deeply that you still remember me?

 

There are two kinds of ‘missing.’ There is the missing you feel for the friends you have met, and there is the missing you feel for friends you haven’t met yet.

The missing for the friends you have met is a deeper kind of missing. The missing for the friends you haven’t met yet is a higher kind of missing.

 

Some people ask you, “What are you?” Some people ask you, “Who are you?”

 

The person who asks you, “What are you?” hates you. But the person who asks you, “Who are you?” loves you.

 

Some people ask G-d, “What are You?” and He doesn’t answer. But if someone asks G-d, “Who are You?” He always answers.

 


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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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