By Yitzhak Buxbaum
What's a "holy woman," or a holy guy for that topic? in accordance with the Jewish mystics, a holy individual is a person who has now not misplaced the holiness that each child is born with. A holy individual is an individual who fulfills it. tales approximately Jewish holy ladies have hardly ever been accumulated in such an enticing and unique shape. The stories demonstrate a particularly woman Jewish spirituality, giving us a peek right into a global of devotional attractiveness that specializes in kindness. those tales of laughter and tears, humility and bravado, striving and trance, have an attraction spanning the denominational spectrum: they're non secular nourishment for the soul. The rabbis say there are either female and male angels and angels are in the world in addition to in heaven. those stories increase our appreciation of the feminine angels on the earth.
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The behavior of each couple expressed an unspoken agreement between them to strive for holiness and humility—and they succeeded. In each case, the husband’s secret remained hidden until after his death. 1-36 6/26/02 3:00 PM Page 36 36 jewish tales of holy women story to Rabbi Schwadron, she too wanted her secret to remain hidden until after her death; then she would have fulﬁlled the mitzvah of doing her husband’s will perfectly, without seeking to repair her damaged reputation. How great was this woman’s husband, to desire to be publicly humiliated in order to remain humble!
To whom did I go? To Reb Yaakov! ” After telling this to the women, the holy rebbetzin lifted her eyes to heaven and said, “Master of the world, may it be Your will that every little chip of that wagonful of wood be a defending angel for Reb Yaakov in heaven. ” The rebbetzin then prayed during the synagogue service with great kavvanah [devotional focus] and returned home. 1-36 6/26/02 3:00 PM Page 24 24 jewish tales of holy women Later, when Rebbe Yitzhak Meir, her husband, came to the synagogue, his Hasidim told him what the rebbetzin had said about Reb Yaakov.
Her kindness has made a great impression in heaven. But we wanted to give her a final test to see if she was worthy of the great blessing we have in store for her. ’ “What was the great blessing? It was the blessing of healing. 1-36 6/26/02 3:00 PM Page 13 the tales 13 Food that is prepared and served with love can heal the sick and revive the weary. Rebbetzin Sarah’s food, offered with such selfsacriﬁce, contained a heavenly blessing. This quality is not unique to this tzaddeket. 3 And many women who prepare and serve food to their family put in their healing love as a main ingredient.
Jewish Tales of Holy Women by Yitzhak Buxbaum