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R. DovBer, the Maggid of Mezeritch

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R. DovBer, the Maggid of Mezeritch: ?-1772; second leader of the Chassidic movement, successor to the Baal Shem Tov and spiritual mentor of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, known for his scholarship, piety, and asceticism
"At home?" said Rabbi DovBer. "Oh yes... At home, it is a different matter altogether..."
The landlady on the floor wailing hysterically. Her only son, she sobbed, had agreed to convert to Christianity, and was being held in a locked room in a monastery.
“Go in peace,” said the Maggid to the destitute and unmarried young scholar. “Accept the first marriage proposal that is suggested to you.”
The day of the wedding arrived. Hundreds of beggars took their places around tables laden with the best food money could buy. But then tragedy struck . . .
Can a person be as grateful for his troubles as he is for his joys?
The constellation of Chassidic heroes is crowded with great men. Less well known are the great women, whose influence has rarely been documented.
With that, he signaled his driver and the carriage sped off before the rabbi had a chance to ask any questions.
With no destination to guide him, he slowly traversed sprawling forests and small towns, hoping to finally encounter what his rebbe had in mind.
One Simchat Torah, a group of boisterous villagers burst through the entrance in high spirits . . .
It was a cold, wintry day, and he suddenly found himself in unfamiliar territory. Freezing and scared, he continued to wander deep into the night.
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