Stories of Tzadikim / Waiting in the mail for 16 years
Hold on to Shabbos with
Stories of Tzadikim
With Rav Yussie Zakutinsky
A Gut Voch everybody. There’s a Maiseh that a yid once came to the Baal Shem to give a donation for the Beis Medrash and for any poor people that the Baal shem Tov was involved with. So he gives him the envelope full of money and the Baal shem Tov says it’s so beautiful to donate such an amount, it’ll go to a good cause bezras Hashem, is there anything I can give you in return, do you want a Bracha for anything? The yid says Boruch Hashem I’m good, I don’t really need a bracha for anything, I have everything I need. The Baal Shem Tov says, what about your family, do you want a bracha for nachas from your children and health? The yid answers. “Everyone’s fine, I’m good to go.”
The Baal Shem Tov says “You know what, if I can’t give you a bracha, if you don’t need anything like that then maybe you can do me a favor. There’s a letter, if you don’t mind delivering it for me. He says sure. The Baal Shem Tov goes into the other room, he writes a letter, puts it in an envelope and gives it to this yid. He says I want this to be delivered to Mr. Tzadok, who’s the gabbai tzedakah the head of the charity fund in the city of Brodt, one of the neighboring cities. The person doesn’t think twice about it and puts it in his coat pocket.
Meanwhile the guy goes back home, forgets about the letter, days, weeks, months even a couple of years go by. Slowly but surely his business takes a turn unfortunately. He begins to lose money to the point where he’s mamash broke. He can’t explain why but things began to unravel. Things are deteriorating more to the point that he has to sell the assets, his home, his silverware he has no choice. To the point where he was literally selling his own clothes.
One day he looked in the closet to see if there was anything he could possibly sell. He finds this old coat that was tucked away in the closet. He figures it’ll be worth something, he takes it out to take a look, empties out the pockets and he finds the letter. It hits him like a ton of bricks, remembering what happened 16 years ago when he was by the Baal shem and everything was going amazing. He remembers vividly that moment where the Baal Shem tov offered to give a bracha and this person is thinking about himself that he was so confident in everything he has,m that everything is set in stone that he wouldn’t even take the bracha from the Baal Shem and he’s kicking himself.
At the time he didn’t think he needed it but we’re always hanging by a thread with Hashem fully in control. He remembered this letter and decided to try to do it now. He hitchhikes to the city of Brodt, now a beggar he asks around for a Mr. Tzadok, the gabbai tzedakah. People are looking around at each other and saying Really? This Mr. Tzadok was just appointed today as the Gabbai Tzedakah. This yid thinks it’s a coincidence and he asks more about Mr. Tzadok. They tell him that throughout his whole life he was a tailor in the city, nothing major, not wealthy at all but just recently his business began to take a turn in the upside and he became very wealthy and powerful in the city, and just today he was appointed the gabbai tzedakah.
This yid goes to Mr. Tzadok and he tells him, you’ll think I’m crazy but 16 years ago the Baal Shem Tov gave me this letter to give to a Mr. Tzadok who is the Gabbai Tzedakah in th city of Brodt. I forgot about it, over the years my mazal turned a lot but now I just remembered this letter and now i'm here. I was told that literally today you became the gabbai tzedakah, here’s the letter.
Mr. Tzadok is taken aback, he takes this letter and reads it. This is what was written. I, yisroel Baal Shem Tov am writing to you Mr. Tzadok, and the person I sent as a messenger to deliver this to you is someone who right now is very successful in his business but I’m seeing his mazel is going to turn and he’s going to be in desperate need of help. At the time when he delivers this letter you are going to be in a position where you will be able to help him, not only give him a few dollars to help him that day but to maybe give him a job and I’m asking you that you should do that to help him Mr. Tzadok is floored by this, he says for sure i’ll help you out. He learns more about this person and his talents, and gives him the right opportunities until his mazal turns around again and he becomes successful once again.
This is how the Ribbono Shel Olam does things. Even before we know that a problem is around the corner, the Ribbono Shel Olam already brings salvation even before there is a thought that the problem might hit us. We need to have Emunah in Hashem just like we have Emunah in tzadikim that the Ribono Shel Olam always sends the refuah before the Makkah. Hashem should bless us that this should be a week of refuse before makkos, we should have the chizuk, the strength and confidence that Hashem always has our back no matter what the situation is, no matter what environment we find ourselves in.
We should be zocheh to a good week, a lichtigeh voch, a mazaldig voch and a gut-gebenched voch.