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    Cultivating A Community Of Care And Sensitivity

    Why Didn’t you let me know that you are feeling better? where is the sensitivity? The greatest desire of our Rabbeim was to hear that someone that was sick, is feeling better, or that a Chosid’s business is doing well • Full Article

    By Ari Fogel

    The following is an excerpt from a letter of the Frierdiker Rebbe. The Chosid had previously told the Frierdiker Rebbe that he wasn’t feeling well and now he’s letting him know that he’s feeling better.

     

    In response to your letter that Thank G-D your health is getting better. May Hashem continue giving you more energy physically and spiritually. However, it was not good that you did not tell me earlier. From the time when you told me that you weren’t feeling well, I was pained from it. Yet you did not find it important to let me know that you’re feeling better.

    The Alter Rebbe already complained about this that everyone comes to him with all their problems, but no one comes to let him know when they’re doing well.
    The Alter Rebbe cultivated, refined and educated the Chassidim to have good Midos, to be sensitive to each other. This coldness, lack of sensitivity and feeling, is unfathomable.
    We can see how much this pained the Alter Rebbe from a letter he sent:
    Thank you for sending the messenger to let me know that you’re feeling better. It’s already been a month since you’re feeling better and no one from Anash bothered to let me know.

    The truth is, knowing about how your friend is doing and letting your friend know when you’re doing well, is from the foundations of Chassidus. Our Rabbeim wanted that all the Chassidim should be like one family – Mamosh. This is besides for the basic Mitzva of Ahavas Yisroel.

    There are hundreds of letters from our Rabbeim written to Anash on many different topics, on personal issues, suggestions, ideas, financial advice etc. All of these letters have one thing in common: the pure love and care that the Rabbeim have for Anash in every aspect of their lives, physically and spiritually, showing them how to act to others.
    Our Rabbeim poured out their hearts with tears to Hashem every time they heard of a Chosid going through a hard time, begging Hashem for mercy. Their greatest desire was to hear that someone is feeling better, or that their business is doing better.

     

    (Part of a letter from the Frierdiker Rebbe, not a word for word translation)
    (Igros Kodesh vol. 3, page 322)

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