How is it possible?


Rabbi Shmelke and Rabbi Pinchos asked the Magid of Mezeritch, “How is it possible to fulfill the Talmudic obligation of blessing Hashem for misfortunes with the same joy as when one blesses Him for good fortune?”

The Magid advised them to put the question before R’ Zushe who was extremely poor and frequently lacked the basic necessities.  Thought he had many difficulties in life, he was always happy.  They went to the study hall where they found R’ Zushe, and told him that the Magid said he would explain how it is possible to bless the Almighty with joy over misfortune.

“I’m surprised that our Rabbi sent you to me about this,” replied R’ Zushe.  “You should rather ask someone who suffered some misfortune in his life.  I have never experienced anything bad in my life.  Only good things have happened to me.” ~ Midor Dor

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