Friday, December 2, 2005
Yossi Jacobson told a story last night that he heard from his Mechutan Reb Binyomin Wulliger, a confidant of the late Klausenberger Rebbe zt"l.
The periodical "צאנז", Published by Klausenberg, would be delivered to the Rebbe, and he would read it. One night in 5751-5752 as Leibel Groner was about to leave, he entered the Rebbe's room to say that he was leaving for the night. As he enters the room he sees the Rebbe sitting at his desk deeply engrossed in an article printed in צאנז, and is somewhat "troubled". The Rebbe asks him someting to this effect "דו ווייסט וואס דא שטייט"? They had reprinted a דרשה by the K'ber Rebbe in the '50's that was full of שארפע מוסר, and the Rebbe did not approve of the reprint. He said: היינטיגע צייטען דארף מען אויפהייבען און ניט רעדן אזעלכע שארפע רייד ( In Today's age we must tell the people uplifting words, rather than strong reprimand.)
The Rebbe told him : רוף ר' בנימין וויליגער און זאג אים אז היינטיגע צייטען דארף מען אויפהייבען און ניט רעדן אזעלכע שארפע רייד . Leibel Groner thought that since it's a periodical that comes out every few months, and it had been printed already, and the next one is due out in a few months, that there's no reason to do this today at midnight. However, the Rebbe had other ideas. The Rebbe told him "call him now, this calls for him to be woken even at this late hour".
Groner did as he was told and calls Wulliger, who was already asleep, and tells him the Rebbe's message. Wulliger is incredulous, he can't believe his ears. He asks: The Rebbe told you to call me now? "yes" was the answer. He says that today we must speak in an uplifting manner. "This is a true Manhig Yisroel" he says, He sits late at night and thinks about people that are not in his immediate circle who are Yereim VeShleimim and can "take" such talk. Yet, he still sees it as being too harsh for today's times and makes a point of letting them know immediately.
Such love for a people is usually reciprocated with love shown towards the Rebbe.
Can you understand this?
...............כמים הפנים אל פנים כן