The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 6 November 2010 / 28 Heshvan 5771

Open the Door!

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Terrible pains which had bothered him for years came to a climax on Pesach eve for Rabbi Shmuel Chaim Klein. As the traditional Seder began, it was almost impossible for him to move.

Just as the family reached that part of the Seder where the door is opened and a special prayer is said, they noticed that Rabbi Klein was making an effort to stand up despite his pain. As they rushed towards him they heard him ask that they summon a young man who was a guest.

It turned out that this pain-racked host recalled that opening the door at that point in the Seder is mentioned in sources as a merit for finding a marriage partner. Since the young guest had encountered difficulty in this area, his host made the supreme effort of giving him this opportunity to open the door – to his future as well.

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