Saturday, March 10, 2007

How to daven for one's children

The Imrei Yosef, Rav Yosef Meir Weiss of Spinka was once seen by an almana, with her only son. She asked him for a bracha. And especially because she was an almana and this was her only son, he gave the boy a real hartzigeh bracha that he should grow up to be a real erlicher Yid.

She got up a little more nerve, and pointed at the young son of the Spinka Rebbe who was sitting there (he was later to be known as the Chakal Yitzchak and that’s his picture to the left). She said, “Give my son a bracha that he should be like him!”

The Imrei Yosef paused, then removed his large yarmulke from under his hat. He then held it in his hand with the open side up, like a cup. He said, “I have filled up this kepel 10 times with tears, davening that I should have a son like this. I’m sorry but I cannot promise that I can do the same for your son. If you want him to be like my son, it is dependant on your own tefilos. Only you can do that.

-Dixie Yid


A Simple Jew said...

Great story!

Soccer Dad said...

FWIW, I have a perek of Tehillim that I say for each child. I try to say them each Rosh Chodesh.

DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...

Do you use the perek that corresponds to the year of their birth plus one? The chabad rabbi from my home town told me that he says a perek for each one of his children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren every single day, according to that system of perek age+one for each child

-Dixie Yid

Neil Harris said...

Indeed, a great story! Thanks!