Love of the Land

For the week ending 29 November 2008 / 2 Kislev 5769

Tsefat - Tomb of the "White Tzaddik"

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Jews in Tsefat were faced with a dilemma one year as Yom Kippur approached. The Turkish sultan had prohibited the purchase of white chickens for use as kapparot and they were forced to buy black ones.

Just before Yom Kippur they came to the tomb of Rabbi Yosef Bena'ah, pouring out their hearts and asking forgiveness before using the black chickens for their ritural. Upon their return home they discovered that those chickens had miraculously turned white. From then on this Sage became known as the "White Tzaddik".

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