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Overnight, Reb Aharon’s modest hovel became the focus of the town, and masses formed outside the door to seek the tzaddikim’s blessings and intervention in a host of matters.

One of the wealthy merchants in the town felt that he deserved the honor of hosting these famous guests and he extended his invitation for them to come to his richly apportioned house, where they could dwell in perfect comfort. But the brothers flatly refused.

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“What is the difference between our visit this time,” the brothers wanted to know, “and our earlier visits, when you did not extend us an invitation? We are the very same people, just this time we came with a horse and wagon.

“We therefore propose that you host the horse and wagon.”

(To be continued)

Chodesh tov – have a pleasant month!

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