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Maaseh Avos Siman L’Banim … Stories of Greatness

A Timely Blessing


                    In the shtetl, a grocer, by definition, was a G-d-fearing man who was knowledgeable in many areas of Torah, and also provided the daily food needs of his town, with honesty and integrity. Many Gedolei Hador were also “grocers” in the sense that they owned or managed a store while their heads, and their minds, were usually buried deep in the seforim ….

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Hu Haya Omer … He would Say


R’ Zalman Sorotzkin ZT”L (HaDaeh V’Hadibur) would say:

    “The reason why we say: ‘שנהיה לראש ולא לזנב’ – ‘May we be a head and not a tail’ is based on the mishna in Avos (ד-כ): ‘Rather be a tail to (mighty) lions than a head to (lowly) foxes.’ On Rosh Hashana, we ask Hashem to make us even greater than the ‘tail of a lion,’ by, in fact, making us the ‘head of a lion.’ If so, then why don’t we just say ….

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