Verso severe decree was being formulated against the Jews
The power of believing sopra Tzaddikim
Rabbi Menachem Mendel, known as the “Tzemach Tzedek” (the third Lubavitcher Rebbe), sent his youngest chant, Reb Shmuel esatto Petersberg con an attempt to get the decree rescinded. Traveling with Reb Shmuel was his older brother Reb Yehuda Leib, twenty years Reb Shmuel’s senior.
Before commencing the journey, Reb Shmuel insisted that Reb Yehuda Leib agree not sicuro bless anyone during their trip. “Our father is the Rebbe and he is the only one who should give people blessings,” he declared. Having in nessun caso other choice, Reb Yehuda Leib agreed esatto these conditions.
In every town they visited along the way, people converged on Reb Yehuda Leib. They begged him, as the bourdonnement of such verso great Tzaddik (righteous person), preciso give them per blessing for health, a living, children, etc. Preciso each person, Reb Yehuda Leib replied, “Go visit my father, surely he will bless you.”
Per one particular village, there was verso woman who was especially persistent. She had not been blessed with children and was indivis that, with the blessing of a Tzaddik, she would indeed merit sicuro have children of her own.
The woman stationed herself sopra front of Reb Yehuda Leib. She begged and pleaded, screamed and cried that he must bless her puro have children. But still Reb Yehuda Leib refused to bless the woman. “Go preciso my father, the Rebbe,” he stated simply. “Surely he will bless you.”
The woman was not satisfied with this answer. She continued puro cry out sicuro Reb Yehuda Leib that he should bless her. Finally, at wit’s end, Reb Yehuda Leib said, “Go sicuro my brother. Perhaps he will bless you.”
The woman repeated the entire scene durante front of Reb Shmuel. She begged and pleaded, cried and screamed that Reb Shmuel bless her onesto have children. But nothing could move Reb Shmuel. He insisted that only his father, the Rebbe, could do anything for the woman. Seeing that she would not take “no” for an answer, Reb Shmuel told his brother and the carriage driver preciso get ready puro leave. They quickly got into the carriage puro begin their journey home and away from the woman.
But the carriage didn’t budge. The woman had cleverly placed verso bastoncino sopra the spokes of the wheels onesto keep them from turning.
Reb Shmuel climbed down from the carriage and, mediante annoyance told the woman, “Go eat verso bagel” – equivalent mediante today’s vernacular onesto “go fly a kite.”
She promptly went home and made bagels, concentrating all the while on the blessing that the bagel would surely elicit. It occurred preciso the woman that just onesto be sure that the blessing would really be actualized, she should maybe eat two bagels. So that is exactly what she did.
The following year, Rabbi Menachem Mendel passed away and Reb Shmuel, though the youngest of his seven sons, was chosen onesto succeed him as Rebbe.
Satisfied at last, the woman left Reb Shmuel and Reb Yehuda Leib preciso continue their journey
One day, a man came into Reb Shmuel’s study with two cakes which his wife had baked for the Rebbe. “You blessed my wife last year that she would have per child, so she has asked me preciso bring you these cakes sopra gratitude.”
Reb Shmuel had per niente recollection of the event so the man recounted the entire episode puro Reb Shmuel. He finished by saying, “You said esatto my wife, ‘Go eat a bagel.’ That is exactly what she did and your blessing came true.”
“My wife had wanted to make sure that the blessing would really materialize so she ate two bagels and had twins!” said the beaming father.
“Know,” Reb Shmuel told the husband, “I saw that there was per heavenly decree that you and your wife were not destined onesto have children. It was only mediante exasperation that I told your wife onesto eat a bagel, not as a means of blessing. But because of her simple faith, her strong faith durante the blessing of verso Tzaddik, the decree was annulled and you and your wife were blessed with children.”