Attention to Spirit

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The Yahrzeit of Rabbi Yitzchak Eisik of Komarno (1806-1874) is commemorated on the 10th of Iyar. The following meise / hasidic tale appeared in Sefer HaHasidut, Meah Tzadikim, Raphael, Yitzchak, 1961, Tel Aviv. (Freely translated by Gabbai Seth Fishman.)

Six Years Old

When he was a boy, just finishing his sixth year, the holy Rav Rabbi Tzvi of Zidichov said to him with these words:

“My dear child, I want to bless you: For your age, as old as you are now, do not place attention onto your connection to God  (lit. ruach hakodesh / the holy spirit). This will actually distract you in the development of your Yiddishkeit.

“On the other hand, when you are approaching thirty years of age and, if at this time you desire to grow in your connection to God, then I bless you with the return of this gift so that the Ruach Hakodesh comes to you in spades.

“For, until thirty years of age, every Jewish man must serve the Creator, Blessed be He, in a simple generosity after some many trials he has faced.”

And the holy boy consented right away.

And immediately, the Ruach Hakodesh that had been his up until then, departed from him.

(Ten Levels of Sanctity)


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