Love of the Land

For the week ending 11 December 2004 / 28 Kislev 5765

Tailor Made for Jerusalem

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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It was on a summer day in 1904 that the famous Jerusalem tailor, Reb Shmuel Shneider, knocked on the door of Rabbi Yitzchak Blazar, the renowned rabbi of Petersburg, Russia who had recently settled in the Holy City. He had been summoned by this giant of Torah and Mussar to measure him for a new suit in the style of Jerusalem Jews.

Unfamiliar with the tailor who was himself a very learned Torah scholar, Rabbi Blazar welcomed him into his home assuming that this man with such a distinguished countenance was one of the Torah greats of Jerusalem who had come to greet him. After a long discussion between the two on subjects of Torah and Mussar, the tailor rose and said:

"Pardon me, but I would like to take your measurements for the suit you ordered."

"This is the Yerushalmi tailor," exclaimed Rabbi Blazar, "and I was not even aware! O Yerushalayim, how privileged you are to have a tailor such as this in your midst!"

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