|A story of the Rebbe #202 - It is All Written in the Note?|
Rabbi Gershon Noff relates: "A bochur who was learning in Tomchei Tmimim when it was still possible to go into yechidus for one's birthday told me that he had a yechidus with the Rebbe on his 14th birthday. The Rebbe asked him an unexpected question, and he replied in a very spontaneous manner, giving an incorrect answer [meaning that he lied]. When the bochur left the room, he started to feel very guilty about what he had done but felt that there was nothing he could do about it.
"The following year, when he was on his way into yechidus he decided to tell the truth and confess to the Rebbe what he had done. However, when he went in he lost his nerve and did not tell the Rebbe. This happened each year for the next five years.
"When the bochur reached the age of 19, he finally gathered the courage to write in his note to the Rebbe that he had lied five years previously and he wanted a tikkun. He wrote these things in a general way, without giving any details. When the bochur went into yechidus, he gave the note to the Rebbe, who started to read from it all of the details of his confession. The bochur was extremely surprised because he was completely sure that he had not included the details in his note. Standing on tiptoes, he tried to see what was written in the note. The Rebbe preempted him, however, and put the note on the table with the writing facing downwards.
"[The person involved in this story told it to me on Yom Kippur during the break between Musaf and Mincha, and he is known to be a reliable source.]"
Translated from the Kfar Chabad Magazine