|A story of the Rebbe #191 - Like a Photographer in the Court|
During hakafos, 5717/1957, the Rebbe unexpectedly went into the sukkah and asked for vodka. He then declared that he would give out vodka to anyone who agreed to increase in their study of Chassidus. During the distribution of the lechaims, the Rebbe'spoke to the Tmimim and yungeleit who approached him.
When M.L. passed by, the Rebbe'said, "Increasing in Chassidus doesn't just mean adding to one's studies or time, but also refers to an increase in the results of such study, in the realms of thought, speech and action. When you write a report on what you have increased in, in terms of learning Chassidus, you should include what you have added in your thoughts, speech and action."
To another Tomim, the Rebbe'said, "One whose ego is inflated by his knowledge of Chassidus can be compared with a photographer in a court."
When A.H. passed by, the Rebbe asked him why it was that when he missed breakfast, he felt cross and hungry, and this bothered him. Yet why was it that if he missed one, two, or even three days of learning Chassidus, it didn't bother him at all?!
Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine