Monday, September 5, 2016

A Rebbe Story: The Sanctity of Shuls

A Rebbe Story:  The Sanctity of Shuls:

Hello again everybody!  I would like to share with you this nice Rebbe story about the sanctity of the "Houses" of Hashem: 

Once, the Government officials came to Rimanov, and they said that they were taking the Shul to use as a warehouse for army supplies.  So the community leaders came to Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Rimanov zt"l for suggestions of how to save it.  One of the community leaders told Rebbe Menachem Mendel that maybe there was something that could save the Shul, because water leaked through the roof and it could damage supplies if they were stored there.  They could tell the Russians that, and then maybe they would not want to take the Shul anymore.  But Rebbe Menachem Mendel replied, "What?!  You have allowed the Shul to fall into disrepair?  No wonder this has happened!  Hashem has punished you for evidencing disrespect for His House.  Have the roof repaired immediately and see that all necessary repairs are done, and you will see that they will withdraw their plan." 

The townspeople did as Rebbe Menachem Mendel had said, and, miraculously, once the repairs had been made, they were informed that the Russians no longer needed it.[1] 

We might not have the Beis HaMikdash right now, (may Hashem rebuild it very, very speedily in our days), but we still have Shuls and Batei Midrashim!   They are His temporary Houses right now, and we cannot, Chas V'Shalom show them disrespect.  They are all we really have at this time!  This means we must not do things such as talking idle words in Shul, not behaving disrespectfully in Shul, etc.  And if we all act with the proper reverence in Hashem's Holy Houses, then He will rebuild His Permanent Holy House very, very speedily in our days.  May He do this extremely swiftly, Amein vi'Amein, so may it be His Will!!!

Have a terrific, awesome day everyone!!

Refoel Berel

[1] Four Chassidic Masters, page(s) 99-100.  A PocketScroll© book.  A Shaar Press© Publication.  By Rebbe Avraham J. Twerski M.D. shlita. 

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