The following is another example of how great Jews in our history served Hashem with joy.
Under one of the cruel regimes that imprisoned Jews for practising their religion, two prominent Rebbes were taken from their Beis Hamedrash and thrown into a prison cell. They shared the small, dark room with only each other and a bucket of waste where the previous ‘tenants’ had gone to the bathroom. At the sight of his prison cell, one of the Rebbes began to cry, “I’m not crying because of my predicament, I know that it is only Hashem’s will that I am here and everything that He does is for the best, but I have not yet davened Mincha, and now that there is a smelly bucket of waste in the cell, I am forbidden to daven, how can I serve Hashem if I can’t even daven?” The other Rebbe smiled and warmly explained “just as you serve Hashem by doing His will and davening Mincha everyday, now you are doing His will by not davening Mincha…but you are serving Hashem in just the same way!” After hearing this, the Rebbe who had not yet davened rose with tears of joy in his eyes. He picked up his friend and together they sang and danced around the bucket, ecstatic at the thought of serving Hashem according to His will.
Upon hearing all the commotion, the prison guards approached the cell and witnessed the bizarre scene of two prominent Rebbes dancing and rejoicing around a bucket of waste. Not wanting the Rebbes to have any kind of satisfaction, they stormed the prison cell and removed the bucket of waste, delighted at having deprived the Rebbes their pleasure…as soon as the guards left, the Rebbe turned towards Jerusalem and davened Mincha, once again delighted to serve Hashem in the best way he could.
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