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Stories My Grandfather Told Me Volume 3 -- Vayikra
Memorable Tales based on the Weekly Sidrah

By Zev Greenwald  Libby Lazewnik  Tova Katz 

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Tainted Tzimmes 

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“All the choice parts for Hashem”

(Vayikra 3:16)

The Gerrer Rebbe, R’ Avraham Mordechai, owned a pair of tefillin that had been written by R’ Moshe of Peshevorsk. These were very prestigious tefillin indeed. The Rebbe wore them only on erev Yom Kippur, apparently considering himself unworthy of donning them on any other day.

Once, a boy came to him and said that he had no tefillin. The Gerrer Rebbe took the precious tefillin and handed them to the boy. Seeing the boy put on the tefillin written by R’ Moshe of Peshevorsk, the Rebbe’s sons asked their father for an explanation.

“The Torah says, ‘all the choice parts for Hashem,’ ” the Rebbe explained. “The Rambam says that just as we must offer up to Hashem the choicest parts of the sacrifice, so, too, when it comes to the mitzvah of giving tzedakah to the poor, we must give only of the best!”

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