CHASSIDISHE STORY ON THE PARSHA
ויפגע במקום וילן שם (ויצא כח:יא)He encountered the place and spent the night there
Rashi says that Yakov composed there the tefilla of Maariv.
The daughter of Reb Koppel Reich a’’h from Budapest became very ill and lost all her senses and became paralyzed. The family visited doctors and professors, but no one could help her.
Someone advised Reb Koppel to visit the holy Divrei Chaim of Sanz zt’’l. Although Reb Koppel wasn’t a Chassid, and he was also Ashkenaz. He had no choice but to take his paralyzed daughter to the Divrei Chaim.
There was a porch outside the Divrei Chaim’s home, and Reb Koppel sat his daughter down on a chair since she couldn’t walk. When the Divrei Chaim was notified that Reb Koppel wanted to come in for a bracha, the Divrei Chaim replied that they could come in after Maariv. When there was a dire request for a yeshuah, the Divrei Chaim often told people to wait until after Maariiv – since the Divrei Chaim used to ‘poil’ – daven hard and achieve many yeshuahs during Maariv.
After Maariv, Reb Koppel brought his daughter inside to the Divrei Chaim. The Divrei Chaim, who typically just sampled from each food served, asked his daughter to bring a glass of milk. His daughter brought the milk, and the Divrei Chaim tasted a bit and then handed the cup to Reb Koppel, telling him to give some to his daughter to drink.
Reb Koppel replied that his daughter couldn’t drink. The Rebbe’s gabbaim (assistants) placed the cup in the girl’s mouth, and she drank a little. And so proceeded with each food the Divrei Chaim sampled. A little was given to the sickly daughter of Reb Koppel. She started swallowing slowly, though she sat paralyzed throughout
The Divrei Chaim said to return tomorrow.
When they carried the girl outside with a chair, the Divrei Chaim asked, “Why are you carrying her? She can walk already!” They let her go, and miracles of miracles, the girl started walking! The sick girl woke up in the middle of the night and started talking, asking where she was. When they returned in the morning to the Divrei Chaim, the Divrei Chaim wished her a complete recovery. When the girl left the room, she placed her hand on the mezuzah and said: “Here doesn’t live a person. Here lives a Malach – angel!”
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