February 10, 2016 | Rabbi Shlomo Einorn
Once a non Chassidic Scholar, skeptical of the Chassidic Rebbe Yitzchok Vorke, decided to meet him. He went to the Rebbe hoping to hear some Torah insight. When he stood in front of Reb Yitzchok Vorke, the Rebbe asked him "What does Hashem say?" He paused and then answered "He says we need to put on Tefilin and keep Shabbos." Reb Yitzchok laughed at him and said "I thought you were a big scholar, yet you don't even know what G-d says". The scholar stormed out. Some time later, curiosity got the best of him and he decided to go see the Rebbe one more time. Reb Yitzchak asked him again "what does Hashem say?" Out of frustration the scholar retorted "Rebbe, I do not know what you are talking about. I came to learn some Torah." Reb Yitzchok answered him that the pasuk in Yirmiyahu 23:23 tells us that Hashem says: Thus says Hashem: If a man shall hide in hidden places, will I not see him? That is what G-d says. He is saying that there is such a thing as a Jew who sits and learns in a hidden place and he has been learning for 30 or 40 years, and he has become a big scholar but the truth is that Hashem says "I do not see him." He doesn't begin to have the slightest connection with Hashem. "That is what G-d says."
The scholar began to cry. "Rebbe, I am filled with hundreds of Torah books, yet I am empty."
We all long for a connection with the One Above.
Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn