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Section: Stories   Category: Story Corner
Look What Came From the Goat

Years ago, there was a boy learning in a Talmud Torah whose behavior was wild and undisciplined; not a day passed without another infraction. Eventually the staff of the Talmud Torah was close to expelling him; they were worried about his negative influence on the boys in his class, and on the entire cheder. The melamdim were complaining that they were unable to continue dealing with his behavior, and the principal had also lost his patience.

One day, one of the melamdim entered the shul, which was in the building of the cheder, and to his astonishment, heard strange noise coming from the Aron Kodesh. He opened the doors, and was shocked to find a goat inside. It was obvious who the culprit was. The boy was brought to the principal and he confessed, and the principal decided to finally expel him.

However, the boy refused to leave the building. When they asked him what he wanted to do, he answered, "Bring me to the Rav and Av Beis Din of the city." The staff was aware of how stubborn this boy was, and decided they had no choice but to fulfill his request. They brought him to the Rav, and the boy said to him, "Expelling me from the cheder is not only going to affect me. It will also affect the children that will be born to me in several years when I marry and set up a home. Did you consult with my children before you decided to expel me from the cheder?"

The staff of was shocked into silence. They had never heard such a question from anybody, much less from a young boy, and they actually did not have an answer to his question. In light of this, the Av Beis Din ruled that the boy should remain in cheder.

The above story was retold a few years ago at the engagement of an outstanding Ben Torah. His father, who was a known Talmid Chacham and mechanech, stood up to speak before the crowd, and told this story. He then continued, "I am the grandson of that wild boy who was spared from being expelled at the last minute! Look what came of him! (Aleinu Leshabeach)

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Visitor Comments: 3

Anonymous, 2009-08-26 06:45:28
The story took place by th Rashab the 5th admor of Chabad.
AY, 2009-08-26 07:22:41
According to this logic, when is it ever permitted to expell a child?
YH, 2009-08-28 14:22:15
Yes, in the time of the Rebbe Rashab, in Lubavitch, and the boy's name was R' Yisrael (Neveler) Levin and he grew up to be a mashpia. Put his name into google and you can read about this well-known Chassid.

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