The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 1 April 2006 / 3 Nisan 5766

Jumping to the Wrong Conclusions

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

“Nobody called for you!”

This was the strange manner in which Rabbi Eliezer Hager, the son of the Monsey-Vishnitz Rebbe, was greeted by the Jew from Bnei Brak who was marrying off his daughter in Monsey. This seemingly rude greeting upset some of Rabbi Hager’s followers and other guests who began to grumble about the arrogance of the Bnei Brak visitor.

When Rabbi Hager learned of the commotion, he calmed everyone down with this explanation.

“The mechuten from Bnei Brak and I have been close friends for many years. When he arrived from Eretz Yisrael for the wedding, he told me that he needed a cellular phone, and asked me if I have a spare one to lend him. As I handed him my spare, I asked him to notify me if anyone tried to contact me at that number. When I arrived here he informed me ‘Nobody called for you.’ ”

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