CHASSIDISHE STORY ON THE PARSHA
(נח ו:ט) את האלק-ים התהלך נחNoach went with Hashem
The Siforno explains, “He went in Hashem’s ways to do good for others, and he gave rebuke, to his generation…” which is also kindness – it’s the ultimate kindness — as it directs people on the correct path in life. Noach went in Hashem’s ways. He was kind to others and taught them how to live morally in this world.
The Damesek Eliezer zt’’l and his gabbai once went into a timepieces shop. “My wife appreciates a good watch, and I want to buy her one as a gift. Please show me something you think she will enjoy.”
The store owner showed him many watches, but the Rebbe repeatedly said they weren’t good enough for his wife. The shopkeeper’s wife was also in the store, so the Rebbe requested that she help them find the right watch for the Rebbetzin. The Rebbe was satisfied with her selection and bought the watch she suggested.
When they left the store, the gabbai asked the Rebbe why he suddenly needed to buy this gift for the Rebbetzin, and primarily, the gabbai wanted to know why he asked the owner’s wife for her opinion. (The gabbai thought it was improper for the Rebbe to speak with a saleswoman).
The Rebbe replied that he overheard the proprietor shout at his wife that she doesn’t understand the watch business. “Because of your errors and lack of expertise, people are going to the competition…” With his intimate kindness, the Rebbe wanted to gently rebuke the husband by showing that his wife understood the business, so he visited the shop and asked for her suggestion. In this manner, he helped restore shalom bayis (marital peace).
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