“What ‘Omein’? Be Besimcha!”

R’ Hershel Fogelman merited a unique relationship with the Rebbe. When the Rebbe once wished him to be besimcha, he responded “omein,” but the Rebbe was not satisfied with that.

As one of the elder Shluchim, sent out by the Frierdiker Rebbe, Rabbi Hershel Fogelman merited a unique relationship with the Rebbe.

Once, as he came by on the dollars line, the Rebbe gave him an extra dollar for his chassuna anniversary. Caught by surprise, it took Reb Hershel a moment to regain his composure.

When Reb Hershel came to receive a dollar on 13 Tammuz 5746, the Rebbe suddenly said to him, “I just read a letter of my father-in-law to you!

“He wrote that you shouldn’t complain. You have to be besimcha!”

Omein!” Reb Hershel responded.

“What omein?” the Rebbe replied. “You have to actively become besimcha…”

(Techayeinu issue 9)

From The Weekly Farbrengen by Merkaz Anash

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