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Elisha Greenbaum

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As he finally made his weary way to bed, he was arrested by the brokenhearted sound of Reb Zusha crying.
How could the rabbi claim to be supporting orphans with this money?
The infants were barely feeding and his wife was sickly. The frantic father was willing to brave any threat.
Finally, in a dramatic denouement, Levi Yitzchak placed the tallit firmly back in its place and announced: “If you’re a chassid and a scholar, then you lead the prayers!” and stalked back to his seat near the side wall of the synagogue . . .
“I accept that my business failure is punishment for deserting you,” he cried to Reb Zushe, “but why? What was wrong with my logic?”
"I hereby give you as an absolute gift, for now until eternity, my complete portion in the world to come. If I have any reward waiting for me in paradise, it's yours."
“Rebbe, I can prove that the Torah is false . . . I have broken every available precept for decades now, and I have a wonderful life, blessed with financial success, good health and a happy family . . .”
It was the afternoon before Passover, and Rabbi Levi Yitzchak was wandering through the streets of the Jewish quarter seeking out local smugglers . . .
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