This Week's Thought From The Koby Mandell Foundation
- Seth Mandell
My friend "Hurricane" Abramson, poet, musician , amateur boxer and proud Jew died this week on the Yahrtzeit of the Lubuvitcher Rebbe. Hurricane, who became an observant Jew in middle age, used to say, "If I can do it, anybody can." His son Harpo, a 50 year old who also died recently used to say of the illness his father fought for a decade. "It can kill my father but it'll never defeat him."
The thought below, in honor of Hurricane, Harpo and the Rebbe's 17th yarhtzeit is from Chabad.org.
The Talmudic scholar Rabbi Akiva Eiger invited a poor man to his home for Shabbat. A beautiful white tablecloth covered the table. When the poor man lifted his glass of wine, the red liquid spilled over the pure white cloth. Rabbi Eiger immediately lifted his own glass of wine, and also "accidentally" spilled it over the tablecloth. As the poor man looked on in relief, Rabbi Eiger remarked, "It seems as if the table or the floor is shaking, doesn't it?"
True sacrifice is being prepared to give up that which is most precious to us, and for many, it is our image and reputation that matters most. Printed in Likkutei Sichot, vol. 8, pp. 164ff