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Sunday, August 26, 2007

 

Tidbits from the Rebbe Reb Simcha Bunim of Pshischa

[The HaModia article referred to below indicates that this picture is indeed a true representation. One version has it that the artist who drew it was so moved by his holy features, that he took out his materials and sketched it 'on the spot.' Others say that it was engraved on a tree. Later, Rebbes who were talmidim of the Rebbe Reb Bunim verified the accuracy of the likeness.]


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Today is the 12th of Elul, the 180th yahrzeit of Rebbe Simcha Bunim of Pshischa, author of Kol Simcha, (1767-1827). Rebbe Simcha Bunim studied in the yeshivos of Mattersdorf and Nikolsburg under the guidance of Rav Mordechai Banet.

There’s more at last year’s post: Serving Hashem with Simcha [Joy]…and Song

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From this week’s English HaModia weekly:

The Rebbe Reb Simcha Bunim of Pshischa, zt”l, who illuminated Poland's Jews by elaborating on the derech in avodas Hashem of his Rebbe, the Yehudi Hakadosh of Pshischa, which was the foundation for the Chassidus of Kotzk, Vorke and Ger, among other Polish courts.
Among the leading talmidim of the Rebbe Reb Bunim, who was called ''the Rebbe of all Polish Rebbes," are the Kotzker Rebbe, Rebbe Yitzchak of Vorke, the Chiddushei HaRim, Rebbe Henach of Alexander, Rebbe Yaakov Aryeh of Radzimin, Rebbe Mordechai Yosef of Ishbitz, Reb Fennel of Gritza and Reb Shmuel Shinaver, zechusam yagein aleinu. Reb Shmuel Shinaver wrote the Ramosayim Tzofim.

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''The Rebbe Reb Bunim's father, HaRav Tzvi Hersh, zy"a, the Maggid of Vadislov, traveled to the Chassidishe Rebbes in his later years. Although he wasn't a misnagid earlier, he was only drawn close to Chassidus in his old age. One time, when he was in Kozhnitz, the Maggid of Kozhnitz was giving a family member a bracha, placing two hands on his head. Also wishing to receive a bracha from the Kozhnitzer Maggid, the Vadislover Maggid bent down for the Kozhnitzer to place his hands on his head and bless him. But the Kozhnitzer refused to give him a bracha. ''You don't need my brachos,'' the Kozhnitzer explained. ''You have a son who will rescue you from wherever you are – even from She'ol Tachtis [the depths of hell]!"

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I received this via e-mail today:

Language

Rebbe Simcha Bunim of Pshischa said to his disciple, Rabbi Peretz: "If you reach the spiritual level where you grasp what you yourself are truly giving voice to, then you'll understand the language of all creatures and creations. -- Hasidim Mesaprim, vol. 3, # 386
This is the reality of mystic wisdom behind the legendary "knowledge of the language of the birds and animals.

Zechuso yagein Aleinu v’al kol Yisrael – May the Rebbe Reb Bunim’s merits protect us all!

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