November 27, 2006

You never know…

Filed under: deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 2:11 am



This past Shabbos I was reading some stories about Reb Shlomo. I am not what you would call a typical Shlomo fan. In fact, coming from a FFB background, I have always found the ways to be different. It wasn’t till I was a young man struggling in spirituality that I realized how great his story telling was. Even this though, is not what draws me to write about him today. 

When I am driving around my car, walking the streets and I see people that could maybe use a little help and I pass them bye, the thought keeps coming into my head, “Shlomo would have done it”. It is like he is haunting me. You have to do better! You have to reach out more to everyone, no matter what. Stop drawing lines of who you should help and who you shouldn’t. Don’t you see how precious this little yiddalah is?

I’ll tell you, I find it very difficult to read stories about this man. I’ve read dozens of books, hundreds of pages of people who were known for their chesed, kindness but it appears that Reb Shlomo Carlebach took it a step further from them all. Once he gave a concert and right after the organizer gave him a check for $3,000. He replied, “Thank you my friend, you have no idea how much I need this right now, I am totally broke.” A moment later, I passionate man came running over to him, baring his financial troubles and how it was affecting his marriage. Reb Shlomo simply handed him over the envelope without a second thought.

My friends, maybe you and I would also give but we would first be thinking what we were doing. For Reb Shlomo, this wasn’t the case, he gave and gave again…

He flu, drove & walked thousands of miles in order to help another person out. Never did he make a line that someone wasn’t good enough to help. So my dear friends, I am troubled by this. I have so much work to do!


  1. and may you het it done and merit from it!

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — November 28, 2006 @ 2:01 am

  2. Regarding Shlomo Carlebach, What do you mean by, “I have always found the ways to be different.”

    Comment by Gilad — December 3, 2006 @ 6:45 pm

  3. Oh my… don’t read between my lines cause if people start doing that, it will take me 2 hours to post each comment in order to be politically correct for all.

    Gilad, you are my new best friend, welcome to ilovetorah!

    Comment by Reb Moshe — December 3, 2006 @ 7:07 pm

  4. Thank you brother, glad to know you as well.

    Shalom Aleichem from the US.

    You lived in NJ?

    I saw that in your profile.

    Comment by Gilad — December 8, 2006 @ 5:28 am

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