When the Czar's soldiers came to arrest Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi in 1798,1 the Rebbe consulted with Rabbi Shmuel Munkes: should he go into hiding, or should he allow himself to be taken to Petersburg?

Reb Shmuel advised his Rebbe not to run away. "Why not?" asked Rabbi Schneur Zalman. "The soldiers are coming to arrest me!"

Answered Reb Shmuel: "One or the other. If you are truly a Rebbe, then no harm will befall you. And if you are not—you deserve it! How dared you deprive thousands of Jews of their pleasure in the material world?"