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No Barking For Reb Elchonon Wasserman
R' Shachna Koledetzki, zt'l, told over an incredible story which he heard personally from the woman who witnessed it. This woman lived in New York, and her husband traveled out of town every week for business, returning only for Shabbos. Her husband bought a watchdog for the home in order that his wife, who remained home alone with the children most of the week, would feel secure. The dog always remained by the front door, which was partially made out of glass, and would bark ceaselessly whenever he spotted a stranger approaching the house. He would continue barking until the woman would come to the door to see who was knocking.
One day, R' Elchonon Wasserman who had traveled to America to collect money for his yeshivah came to visit this family, who were family friends. As R' Elchonon approached the house, the dog bristled, and was about to begin his usual frantic barking. However, when the dog caught a glimpse of R' Elchonon, he stared at him and remained silent. His usual barking seemed to have caught in his throat.
The woman was shocked to see the dog stand so placidly next to the door. She approached the door, saw R' Elchonon, and opened the door for him. The dog remained in place next to the door standing still as a stone, without moving a muscle. It remained in that paralyzed position for the entire hour that R' Elchonon was in the house. As soon as R' Elchonon left, the dog lay down, and resumed his normal behavior.
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