22 Sivon 5776
Rabbi Fine, visited his Rebbe just prior to the holocaust. Rabbi Fine was reluctant to part from him despite the looming disaster. The previous Belzer Rebbe, however, encouraged his devoted chosid to flee. Allaying his reluctance, the Rebbe advised Rabbi Fine that whenever he’ll need the Rebbe’s assistance, he should simply close his eyes, state his request while imagining to address the Rebbe and all will work out.
“And what shall I do after the Rebbe’s passing?” asked Rabbi Fine.
“Do as I instructed you. A living tzadik will then come to your help.”
Rabbi Fine hastily escaped Europe and eventually settled in the States. Shortly after our Rebbe assumed his nesius, Rabbi Fine’s daughter gradually lost her eyesight. There was nothing her doctors could do for her. The previous Belzer Rebbe had passed on. Remembering what the Rebbe told him during his farewell yechidus, Rabbi Fine closed his eyes and tearfully told his Rebbe about his current tzoroh. As he finished speaking, the telephone rang. Our Rebbe’s secretary introduced himself and explained that the Lubavitcher Rebbe wishes to know whether there was anything he could do for him. Rabbi Fine told the secretary about his daughter’s blindness.
With time, Rabbi Fine’s daughter regained functional eyesight. This was when the Fine family joined Lubavitch.
(Heard in the name of Rabbi Fine’s son, Rabbi Ronnie Fine of Chabad Zichron Kdoshim.)
22 Sivon 5776
The Previous Belzer Rebbe annually baked Matzos Mitzvoh at Kfar Chabad. Our Rebbe directed the proprietor of the padriyad (bakery) to heed all of the Belzer Rebbe’s instructions.
One winter, the Belzer Rebbe sent a message to the bakery’s owner to construct an awning outside the bakery to prevent the matzos from getting wet in the event of rain. This instruction was very strange. It never rains in Eretz Yisroel on Erev Pesach. And anyway, where was he to cough up the thousands of sheqalim needed for such an awning. Yet the owner dutifully complied.
That erev Pesach, a torrent of rain unexpectedly descended upon Eretz Yisroel. With his foresight, the Belzer Rebbe saved everyone’s matzos mitzvoh from turning to gebroks.
Rebbe Naftoly Ropshitz was renowned for his humor. He equally couldn’t stomch people who thought the world of themselves.
One day, a fellow approached him with a question. It was common practise then to publicly clip the nails in the bathhouse. Now, typically this was done before the bath, in order to better clean the fingers. However, this fellow noticed Rebbe Naftoly clipping his fingers following the bath. He decided to ask the holy Rebbe about it.
“What is the reason you clip your nails after washing yourself?” our friend inquired expectantly.
“Oh, there’s a deep mystical explanation behind it. But being you noticed it, I can share it with you provided you first prepare yourself accordingly.”
The Rebbe gave him a full schedule of immersions, study, prayer and conduct. Our friend was to return to the Rebbe when he was done with the schedule to obtain the answer to his question.
As per the Rebbe’s instructions, the fellow returned to the Rebbe when he was ready for the answer. The Rebbe motioned to him to come closer explaining that nobody else was to hear the secret the Rebbe was about to share with him. The Rebbe then whispered into his ear the reason he clipped his nails following the bath, “Because after the bath, the nails are softer and easier to clip…”