CHASSIDISHE STORY ON THE PARSHA
נח איש צדיק תמים היה בדורתיו (נח ו:ט)Noach was a righteous man, perfect in his generation.
One of Rebbe Yechezkal Kozmirer zt’’l chassidim was appointed Rav in a particular city. Before accepting the Rabbinic position, the chassid came to Rebbe Yechezkal for a bracha and advice to be successful. He should merit leading his community in peace, tranquility, and honesty, hoping that no one should have any complaints.
Rebbe Yechezkal responded: “The Torah says that Noach was an איש צדיק תמים – thus Chazal double translated this statement as a compliment toward Noach and as a critique.” He continued, “One who holds a Rabbinic or communal position and doesn’t have opponents means that he doesn’t lead with justice, since he falls for flattery by trying o appease all. But a person who is Emes – serves with justice and isn’t afraid of opposition, he leads his community with pride and the Torah’s path.”
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