Jewish Inspiration

Contributed by Rabbi Keith Stern - May 1, 2009

The disciples of the Tanzer Rebbe always loved studying with their Master. His insights were deep and filled with a humble wisdom. They came away from every study session feeling inspired and closer to the Holy One, and closer to their teacher.

Over the years the Tanzer's disciples noticed that, before prayer, their rebbe would uncharacteristically withdraw from them. Sitting in a corner off to the side, he would seem immersed in some kind of internal struggle. After about 10 minutes he would arise, nod to his disciples and the praying would commence.
Finally, one of his disciples had to ask: "What do you do before you pray?" The Rebbe replied, "I pray that I may be able to pray."