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October 02, 1987 - Image 48

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-10-02

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Yom Kippur

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holidays and solemn days, he
paid for the most expensive
"aliyahs" and honors. On
some honors he had a kind of
permanent claim — especial-
ly the honor of opening the
holy ark for the Ne'ilah ser-
vice on Yom Kippur. It was
the custom then, as it is today
in many synagogues, for the
well-to-do of the community
to bid for this most
distinguished honor. It was
Reb Nachman's father who
first outbid everybody else for
the honor only to turn it over
to his son as a betrothal gift.
From then on, and for the
next 50 years, he never once
relinquished the honor.
Originally, it cost him one
gilden. Without prodding and
of his own volition, he con-
tinued to raise it through the
years until it was up to four
gilden. Every Yom Kippur,
before the Ne'ilah Service, the
sexton would mount the
pulpit, and in a dry matter-of-
fact voice intone:
"F-f-four gilden for the
honor of opening the Ark for
Ne'ilah!"
This he would repeat three
or four times. This in no way
meant that he was inviting
anybody to enter the bidding.
All took it for granted that
the honor belonged to Reb
Nachman. It would never
enter anybody's mind to bid
against the revered Reb
Nachman.
In later years, the wheel
turned for Reb Nachman, and
he began to meet with
reverses. No matter
what he touched seemed to
turn sour on him. Somehow,
one calamity followed
another. Once it was a fire.
Then a big customer went
bankrupt and defaulted on
substantial debts. Another
time it was a general slump
in business and he had to sell
his stock for half the price it
cost him.
From year to year, things
got worse and worse. For all
intents and purposes, he was
now a poor man. He no longer
exported to Leipzig and he
had-to lay off many of his
sales force. He even had to
economize in his way of liv-
ing, and this meant he had to
discharge most of his
household help.
Nevertheless, he strove
with all his might to continue
his philanthropies and to pay
handsomely for the many
honors routinely accorded
him. The townspeople
suspected that affairs were no
longer the same with Reb
Nachman but their trust in
him remained undiminished.
For them he was still the
same selfless benefactor.
At the same time that Reb
Nachman began his slide

down, the fortunes of a cer-
tain rich young man began
their rapid rise. He was the
parvenu son of Reb
Nachman's former servant,
Mordecai Bentzes by name.
Because of a perceptible cruel
streak in his nature, the town
nicknamed him Mordecai-
Haman. As he began to
amass untold wealth, he
began to do what other rich
men do — bought himself a
pew along the synagogue's
eastern wall, made a few
liberal pledges and even
meddled in community
affairs.
In every respect, (except
good intentions) he tried to
ape Reb Nachman.
It wasn't long before the
people came to realize that
the real aim of this brash

At the same time
Reb Nachman
began his slide
down, the fortunes
of a certain rich
young man began
their rapid rise.

young man was to supplant
the venerable Reb Nachman.
They were upset by this turn
of events, but what*uld they
do? The man with the most
money had the most say.
Came Yom Kippur and with
it, the bidding before the
Ne'ilah Service. The sexton
ascended the pulpit and in his
usual trite manner started to
intone.
"F-f-four gilden for the
honor of opening the ark for

"Five gilden!" a firm,
hoarse voice echoed back.
A shudder swept through
the congregation. The confi-
dent voice of the bold bidder
was recognizable enough. Its
significance was inescapable.
So tenuous had Reb
Nachman's economic position
become, young Mordecai-
Haman was inviting a con-
frontation. With no deference
to • age or position, he was
ready to humiliate him in the
full view of the entire con-
gregation. The elders were
outraged by the unbridled
chutzpah of the young
upstart. Yet no one dared in-
terefere. When two lions bat-
tle, it is best to keep a safe
distance.
The blow to Reb Nachman's
pride was indescribable. But
he was not ready to surrender
that easily. Smiling sickly, he
answered.
"Six gilden . ."
"Ten gilden!"
"Eleven gilden ."
"Fifteen gilden!"
In this vein, the bidding

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