Where would you go to get a "Munkatcher Passport" these days? For what purpose would you use it?
The Munkatcher Passport
Written by Mrs. Leah Golomb
Monday, 8 June 2009 05:00 This is a beautiful story I heard not once, but many times from my heilige Rebbe Reb Shlomo Carlebach, tzl. Maybe you know it already, but that’s okay because some stories are meant to be told and heard over and over.
Once a chasid came to the Holy Reb Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev and asked him for help with a passport so that he wouldn’t need to go to the authorities to get it. The Rebbe went into his room for a few moments and came out with a blank piece of paper. The chasid was a little freaked out but the Rebbe assured him it would be fine. It takes so much emuna to walk up to the border and hand the guard a blank piece of paper. But that is exactly what the chasid did. Baruch Hashem, all went well – the guard looked at the “passport” and treated him like a king and helped him throughout his journey. The chasid came home and all was well.
Many, many years later in 1935, a Munkatcher chasid went to the Rebbe of Munkatch, the Rebbe Chaim Eleazar Shapira, and asked him for a special passport to help him as he had to go to Nazi Germany. The chasid asked him for a passport like the one the holy Reb Levi Yitschak had given his chasid.
The Munkatcher went into his room and was there for three hours. He came out with his face red from crying. He also handed his chasid a blank piece of paper but the paper was wet with tears. The Rebbe said that really our generation is not on the level of this kind of passport so promise me that you will never tell anyone about it as long as I live.
The chasid came to the Nazi border and the guard asked for his passport. The chasid gave him the blank piece of paper. The guard began exclaiming that it was a great honor to have him come to his country and gave him a letter to the police of each town so they will take care of you and protect you. He received a car and a driver and they paid for his hotel rooms and baruch Hashem, he too arrived home safely.
The Munkatcher Rebbe died the following year. Three years later the chasid became very sick and he realized his time for this world was about up. He called his family close to him and told them the secret of his holy Munkatcher passport and he asked that the passport be in his hand when they bury him.
Reb Shlomo told us that every Gemara starts on page two – page one is blank – Hashem gives us a Munkatcher passport so we can learn Torah. And when you are at the Holy Kotel and you realize that, “tachlis”, there is not much to really see there but you begin to daven from your heart the gates of Heaven open – it is because Hashem is giving you a holy Munkatcher passport.
May we all give each other “Munkatcher passports” – may we all open the gates for each other, may we all open the gates and let our walls down and no longer ever feel separate from Hashem, from our children, from our spouses, from our nation and from ourselves!!