Israel: Awesome, thrilling, and inspiring!
Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro
Once upon a time there was a Chasidic Rebbe who had two sons. The boys used to amuse themselves by playing a game they called “rebbe and disciple.” Aaron, the five year old, asked Elisha, the seven year old, what penance was appropriate for having forgotten to say the blessing for an apple.
Elisha (pretending he was the rebbe) replied as he imagined his father might, “For forty days recite a special prayer after anything you eat.” “You didn’t do it right,” little brother Aaron scolded.
“Of course, I did,” Elisha insisted. “I’ve listened when a disciple asked daddy the same question and I answered just as he did.”
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