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Robbed On Rosh Hashana
The Skolye Rebbe once returned to his apartment on the first day of Rosh Hashanah between Shacharis and Mussaf. He opened the door to find total chaos; it was obvious that he had been robbed. On further investigation, he found that the apartment had been totally ransacked. His possessions that were stolen included those he had brought from Europe and were irreplaceable, such as treasured family heirlooms that had belonged to his illustrious ancestors.
Years later, when the Rebbe was very sick at the end of his life, the Rebbe retold this story. He said, "I returned to shul to daven before the amud. The loss that I had suffered was put completely out of my thoughts. It was as if nothing at all had happened." The Rebbe related this story because he was absorbed in a cheshbon hanefesh. He felt, with his customary anivus, that this incident, in which he endured a tremendous loss without any negative feelings, was one of his main zechusim. (Torah Luminaries)
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