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Revenge Of The Insulted Rebbe
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The late Gerrer Rebbe, Rav Pinchos Menachem Alter, zt"l, was once insulted by someone who disagreed with him on a public issue. The Rebbe, who was involved in this issue purely for the sake of the Klal was very hurt. On Erev Rosh Hashana, he pondered his feelings towards this person, and overcame his ill feelings in a thought-provoking way.

The Rebbe said, "I said to myself, Hakadosh Baruch Hu no doubt wishes to bestow good fortune on that person in the coming year. Yet with my complaints, however justified they may be, I'm going to deny Hashem that pleasure. How dare I!" These thoughts, which reflected his love for Hashem, were sufficient for him to erase all bitter thoughts towards that person.

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