Two tales of the brothers Rebbe Elimelekh and Rebbe Zusya, told by their disciples.

וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה זֶה הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְ־הֹוָ־ה תַּעֲשׂוּ וְיֵרָא אֲלֵיכֶם כְּבוֹד יְ־הֹוָ־ה                                 And Moses said, “This is the thing the Lord has commanded; do it, and the glory of the Lord will appear to you.” Leviticus 9:6

Kalonymus Kalman, the Maor VeShamesh, wrote:

I heard from my elders that when the tzaddik (Elimelekh of Lizensk) traveled from place to place (1), God went before him to show him the right way, and the tzaddik trusted in this, even though he wouldn’t know where he was going. And when the tzaddik fell from such a high level that he no longer merited that God should appear before him, then he could still feel the holiness emanating from the correct path.

Sefer Daas Moshe tells us:

I heard that once the holy rabbi Reb Zusya was traveling and he came to a fork in the road and did not know which way to turn, until he saw the presence of God standing before him over one path, and that was the path he chose. Now sometimes a desire will awaken in someone’s heart to do a certain thing, but he does not know if it has been commanded of him or not. This is what the Torah teaches us with the verse, “This is the thing the L!rd has commanded you to do,” for if you wish to know whether or not the thing has been commanded by God, “the glory of God will appear before you” — that is, if you see that such a thing will bring glory to God, then this is the true way which you should follow.


1) Rebbe Elimelekh and his brother, Zusya, wandered Europe for many years, both to accept upon themselves the exile of the Shechina and to spread the message of Hasidism.

Jeff says…

This is classic Hasidism in a very simple form. It contains both the miraculous — the appearance of God over this or that path to guide the tzaddik — and the mundane — practical advice for the rest of us on how to bring service of God into everything we do.

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