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took o u t a led g e r an d e n um e ra te d th e various m in o r “sins” o f
th e en t i re yea r th a t w ere re co rd ed th e re . T h e disciples were
a t f irst su rp r is ed th a t th e i r holy Rabbi shou ld have sen t th em
to observe th e d eed s o f a fam ily “which is full o f sins like a
p om e g ra n a te .”
A f te r th e ta ilo r fin ished rec iting th e fam ily’s “sins,” he took
o u t a th ick e r led g e r an d said: “Now, M aster o f the Un iverse ,
let us see th e sins you have comm itted .” W h e reu p o n he p r o ­
c eed ed to re ad o u t all G od ’s “sins” d u r in g the e n t ire year, con ­
c lud ing th a t th e sins aga inst his family w ere fa r m o re n um e rou s .
T h e n he said: “H ad H e w an ted to balance the accoun ts, I would
have go tten a re fu n d . However, since it is Yom K ip p u r eve,
a tim e o f forg iveness, I will fo rg e t abou t th e re fu n d . Let us
j u s t fo rg ive each o th e r fo r th e sins comm itted one aga ins t the
o th e r .” H e th e n ra ised a cup o f w ine saying: “Le-hayy im” M aster
o f th e U n ive rse ! ,” an d the en t ire family d ran k . T h ey th en jo in e d
han d s an d d anced .
In this tale th e idea is h in ted a t in the nam e itself:
A Perfect
Account.
T h e wo rd “p e r fe c t” has a doub le m ean ing ; 1) T h e ac­
co u n t is p e rfec t: a sin o f the ta ilo r an d his family versus a sin
o f God , as it were, 2) T h e accoun t is th a t o f a pe rson who
is p e rfe c t with G o d .11 T h e disciples realize th e s t re n g th o f the
simple ta ilo r when they say: “O u r Rabbi, is it possible?! Such
speech! I t is an im p e r t in en c e aga ins t H eaven !” Bu t th e T a lm u d
states: “Im p e r t in en c e , even aga ins t H eaven , is effec tive .” 12 T h e
poe t, too, says: “T h ey began to u n d e r s ta n d th a t th e ir holy Rabbi
d id no t send them in vain,
but to see the power o f a Jew who is
but a (simple) tailor.'’’
T h e Rabbi h im se lf realizes the im po r tan ce
o f th e ta ilo r m o re th an anyone : “Ay, ay, fools th a t you a re . . .
I f you only knew what a (great) im p ress ion these words m ake
in H eav en .”
In the poem
Hershele in the Heavenly Court,
we see even c lea re r
the fo rce o f th e idea th a t “Im p e r t in en c e , even aga ins t H eaven
is e ffec tive .” However, even m o re s trik ing h e re is th e concep t
th a t God g rea tly values the simplicity an d naivete o f a simple
Jew .
T h e story has it th a t when th e fam ed je s te r H e rshe le o f
O s tropo l d ied , Rabbi B a ruch was very sad. No one cou ld al­
11 In the words o f Deut. 18:13, “Be wholehearted with the Lord your God.”
12 Sanhedrin 105a.