Short Stories, Insights, and Sayings (Parshas Shelach)

Once,a journalist saw the holy Rebbe of Hosiatyn, who lived in Vienna, Austria, walking in the street. The journalist was taken aback by his radiance and asked someone who it is. He was told that he is a “Wonder Rabiner”. 

The journalist tried to get an interview with the Rebbe and he was allowed in for a brief conversation. The journalist asked the Rebbe, “What is a Wonder Rabiner?”

The Rebbe said, “There is a Rabbi of a community who is in charge of the community. There are Rabbis of cities who control the city. There are Rabbis of countries who control the country.

“And there is a Wonder Rabiner”, the Rebbe continued explaining to the journalist, “The Wonder Rabiner controls himself!”