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The Blessing within the Curse

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The Blessing within the Curse

The Alter Rebbe would read the Torah in public. One year, he was away during the Torah reading of Ki Savo, and his young son and future successor, Rabbi Dovber, heard someone else read the portion, which includes G-d’s severe rebuke of the Jewish people. The son became so distressed that he fainted, and weeks later it was still questionable whether he’d be able to fast on Yom Kippur. The chasidim later asked him: “In previous years you didn’t faint; what happened this year?” The boy responded, “When father reads it, I don’t hear curses.”
R. DovBer of Lubavitch (Mitteler Rebbe), Curse; Curses, Ki Tavo, Lubavitcher Rebbe, Jewish History, R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi (Alter Rebbe)
The life, teachings and works of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, founder of Chabad.