10 August 2007

Say What?

When Reb Nachum of Chernobyl used to receive penitent Jews who had decided to mend their ways, he would always be specific as to what they had to do to clean up their act, be it fasting, charity, etc.

When Reb Nachum got older, he started referring the penitents to his son, Reb Mordechai. People would leave him with smiles on their faces: instead of a myriad fasts he would only request that they recite chapters of Psalms.

When his father asked why he was letting the sinners off at “half price”, he answered “I just move their “loads” onto my shoulders”.