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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

From an ongoing translation of the holy words of Saba Yisroel


(you used to go the mikva? Before Rabbi Yisroel? Did you already go to the mikva?) yes. (every day?) yes. (Karlin Chasidim go to the mikva?) yes. They do not go every day, but I, but I, I used to... (from what age did you begin to go to the mikva?) before bar mitzva, after the bar mitzva, I was already, I was not able to pray a day without a mikva....

Bar Mitzva:

I became Bar Mitzva. Nu, so I after learn a vocation, tailoring, or shoe making, any work, yeah. And I said, “No, I do not want. Do not want to learn a trade, I want just Torah, just Torah and fear of Heaven. Work? None, none, none...” So they said to me, “but father can not give you a dowry and money to get married, you will need a wedding, what will be?! Who will give you?! So... and also, you need to support a house!” So I said, “I do not want any work!” And I was very stubborn and I didn't learn a trade, and afterwords, when I merited to draw close to R' Yisroel [Karduner] and I told him the matter, I saw that he had great pleasure from this, because then I did not know from Breslov, just my heart was burning so much for love, for Torah, and he told me, “you did good, that you didn't learn a trade, yes.”

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