When It’s Good To Be Afraid

As a seminary student, Mrs. Esther (Chitrik) Piekarsky was mentoring high school girls and felt afraid of the responsibility. During yechidus, the Rebbe told her why it was good that she was afraid.

While still a student in seminary, Esther Chitrik, today Mrs. Esther Piekarsky of Tel Aviv, began leading a group of twelfth-grade students in their studies at the Beis Rivka High School in Kfar Chabad.

The physical as well as spiritual responsibility lay heavily on her. When she went in for a Yechidus, in Tishrei 5734, she put her worries down in writing and handed her note to the Rebbe.

The Rebbe affixed his glasses, took the note, and passed it in between his fingers, back and forth, several times, reading it in depth.

Finally, the Rebbe said, “It’s good that you are afraid!”

“Being apprehensive,” explained the Rebbe, “shows that you are acutely aware of the deep responsibility with caring for youth in general, and for Hashem’s children in particular.”

(Hiskashrus Issue 604)

From The Weekly Farbrengen by Merkaz Anash

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