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Shmonarch! Ugh! ” Feyvel angrily cried out. “That’s a terrible idea! “Why should I have any dealings “With the emperor of Romania? “What is he? A nobody! ” Elimelekh then joined in: “I will give you the response. “There is certainly no doubt that “Feyvel’s right in every way: “All of us, the Children of Israel, “Are the servants of the Maker. “He alone, and no one else, “Has the right to punish us. ” Feyvel heatedly broke in. “Are the Jews mere slaves to God? ’ “Any father punishes “All his children personally.

And he sinks, Sinks into the deep abyss, Nothing to hold on to there For a minute or forever. w 153 The Dybbuk Melody Those who sink here are the ones who Bore false witness, perjurers; Those who never lent a hand To the poor, the weak, the weary; Those who, vicious, insolent, Leaped down from the lofty heights Of the fortress of the Torah To the deep and dull abyss of Inquiry and sophistry; Those who with glib flattery, With a glance, a word, a gesture, Coaxed a decent girl or wife Into doing evil deeds.

They even believe that it was because of him that Pilyáve was spared the horrors inflicted by Gonte and his murderous troops. Rabbi Leyb was devoted to his people, loving and befriending each and every one of them. ” The rabbi had many followers and many disciples. His task was to visit the various Jewish communities and persuade the parents to send their children to study the Torah. Now legend has it that when he and some of his students were rolling along a country road, they saw a Christian boy, a shepherd, who was blowing his pipe.

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