March 13, 2022 9:31 am at 9:31 am #2068670ZushyParticipant
this true story was psoted on a joke thread in the YWN
Maurice, a young Jew comes to North London and applies for a job as caretaker at the Edgware Synagogue. The synagogue committee were just about to offer him the job when they discover that he is illiterate. They decide for many reasons that it would be inappropriate to have an illiterate caretaker. So Maurice leaves and decides to forge a career in another business. He chooses to sell plastic goods door to door. He does well and soon is able to buy a car and later, to open a store, and then a second. Finally he is ready to open 5 more stores and so applies to the bank for a loan. But when the bank manager asks him to sign the contract, it was obvious that he could not write. Shocked to discover that this successful young man had little education, the bank manager says, “Just think what you could have been if you had learned to read and write.”
“Yes,” says Maurice, “I would be caretaker at Edgware synagogue.
The yid was R’ Getzel Berger, although not illiterate eh couldn’t read or write the English alphabet
I heard that before the war he lived for a short time in Frankfurt. Unfortunately a well educated professional made fun of R’ Getael as an Ost -yid. As the situation worsened in Germany they both escaped to the East end in london. The professional was limited by lack of local qualifications, and lived out his life in dire poverty, while R’ Getzel had the innovative to peddle whatever he could from door to door, until he became fabulously wealthy.March 13, 2022 1:55 pm at 1:55 pm #2068851AviraDeArahParticipant
That reminds me of a story about the noda beyehudah(i think..could have been someone else). He was first rov in a small town, and when asked about saying “av harachaman” on a certain shabbos, he replied by saying that there were different minhagim and that he didn’t know which minhag the shul had been following. The townspeople were horrified that their new rov couldn’t answer a shailoh about something as simple as the recitation of “av horachaman”, so they fired him. He went on to become extremely famous and once spoke in a town that was close to the first place he was a rov. Some of the yidden from that town heard that one of the gedolei hador was nearby, so they came to hear him. They were shocked to see it was their former rov, now venerated rightfully as a gadol beyisroel. They asked him how he got to where he is, and he said “the same av horachaman who took me out of your town put me here”March 13, 2022 9:23 pm at 9:23 pm #2068874ujmParticipant
The Chofetz Chaim’s2 Rebbetsin was illiterate. So what?March 13, 2022 9:28 pm at 9:28 pm #2068911commonsaychelParticipant
This story is said about a certain Rebbehleh who was not very bright, the Rebbeh came to the bus stop just as the bus was pulling out, he waved at the driver to stop but he kept going, the Rebbeh was so upset and he said the bus should rolled over, so someone told me but Rebbeh there are Yidden on this bus so he said if that is the case the bus should not roll over. A ness occurred and the bus did not roll over.March 15, 2022 7:02 pm at 7:02 pm #2069580Shimon NodelParticipant
Cs, I think this the origin story of every chasidus only with whiskey involvedMarch 15, 2022 8:58 pm at 8:58 pm #2069607AviraDeArahParticipant
Shimon, you’re being motzi laaz on hundreds of legitimate chasidus’enMarch 16, 2022 7:09 pm at 7:09 pm #2069891Shimon NodelParticipant
Hundreds?? Are you sure? How CAN you be sure?
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