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The Man Who Kept Saying No

From the COLlive inbox: This story happened this past Friday to a Lubavitch bochur while doing Mivtzoim in Pittsburgh. Full Story

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December 14, 2012 1:03 pm
shliach from the past
May 4, 2012 6:30 pm

keep up the good work.

May 3, 2012 10:25 pm

Beatiful Story

May 3, 2012 8:35 pm

Thanks for sharing such an uplifting story

May 3, 2012 4:36 pm

amazing Kiddush Hashem!

May 3, 2012 4:15 pm

he is truly an amazing bochur
nice writing YR

To our Big Brother
May 3, 2012 11:55 am

We are so proud of you and always continue to admire your dedication and your sincear honesty. We love you very much and can’t wait to see you.

You are a true example of lighting the one flame that spreads through to all our Jewish Brethern. May this be the Mitzvah to tip the scale and bring The Moshiach!

yechi hamelech
May 3, 2012 11:55 am

may the Rebbe Shlita have much nachas from this bochur

Lesson from this episode
May 3, 2012 8:51 am

One of the primary lessons I see from this story is: Often, when challenged by another Jew regarding our Yiddishkeit etc., we tend to go in to “defensive” mode and feel the need to argue or the like. Knowing what Chassidus and the Rebbe have taught us countless times about the inner psyche of EVERY Yid – despite what he may seem to be preaching externally – the “Best Practice” is to remain silent and show ATTENTION and INTEREST in what the other person is saying. Respond by asking “open ended questions”, something to the effect of: “That’s quite interesting.… Read more »

May 3, 2012 1:47 am

As a Shliach all i can say is KOL HAKOVOD!!!

May 3, 2012 12:12 am

best mesivta out there 🙂

yechi hamelech
May 2, 2012 11:19 pm

this type of mivtzoyim and hishkashrus to the Rebbe Shlita’s inyonim is what is going to bring Moshiach now. every bocher should look up to him

May 2, 2012 11:12 pm

wow what an amazing story! May he countinue to keep giving Hashem, the Rebbe Shlita, his parents, and his hanhola yiddishe and chasidishe nachas.

May 2, 2012 11:03 pm

Well I am inspired! Who knows what impression this story will leave on me tomorrow as I go back out there and do my thing. Thank you for posting!

It seems like this bochur and the sixteen year old girl who wrote about tznius role models are a representation of who the youth is today and what they are capable of achieving! Let’s build them up!!

May 2, 2012 10:53 pm

That’s my Rebbe in him doing mivtzoyim

Shepping Yiddisher Nachas
May 2, 2012 10:25 pm

Only a Bochur who truly feels Hiskashrus to the Rebbe is ready and willing to give up his money for the Rebbes Inyonim. May you continue to have Miseras Nefesh in doing the Rebbe’s work , and spreading the wellsprings. Moshiach Now!

To our Precious Grandson
May 2, 2012 9:45 pm

The family is truly proud of you. You continue to make our neshamas beam. We love you soooooo much. The fact that you want to keep anonymous and just keep the Mitzvah abroad without taking any kavod for yourself, truly exemplifies who you truly are. We love you.
kola Kovod

rg8 yeshiva
May 2, 2012 9:31 pm

the school is dooing good work with our children

comment 36
May 2, 2012 8:59 pm

Most importantly to everyones fine middos and great foundations, We Must NEVER forget to be greatful and very very very Thankful To Hashem for all the wonderous miracles that we encounter daily.

a great farbregen story
May 2, 2012 8:44 pm

This will be said at the next farbregen,and I hope that all those who read this story will get inspired to do more mivtzoyim and give hashem and the rebbe much nachas
May this bochur have many more opportunities to help transform peoples lives.

Thank you
May 2, 2012 8:24 pm

Thank you for doing such a beautiful thing and thank you for posting a great story!

these are the stories
May 2, 2012 8:20 pm

these are the stories i like to read the ones that makes the rebbe proud

What a Buchur
May 2, 2012 7:57 pm

While it is true Pittsburgh is a fine Lubavitch school and does produce great students, we must also credit his parents. Everything is foundation, clearly his parents instilled fine middos and strong KINDNESS for mankind. May he be one of the next great leaders. AMEN!

May 2, 2012 7:47 pm

The best ever! See wht came out of it?!

May 2, 2012 7:42 pm

go pittsburgh. you guys are on a roll

May 2, 2012 7:34 pm

YR wrote the story, and very nicely!

Mind boggling
May 2, 2012 7:30 pm

As someone that is more than close to the amazing bachur that changed someone’s life, i want to thank Hashem for giving me someone like this in my life, for me to admire and look up to. It was 100% hashkacha prat is, that on that street and at that precise moment the man passed by. It was at that given moment that Hashem gave the bachur the opportunity to change someone’s life, and the boy took that opportunity. I know Hashem and the Rebbe are beaming and shepping Nachas from their dear son, who on that day represented the… Read more »

May 2, 2012 7:21 pm

See this weeks sicha Chelak Alef, Parshas Kedoshim about Ahavas Yisroel….(for the sicha in English email [email protected])

this is the next story on r' slavatitzkis farb.
May 2, 2012 7:21 pm
Now I know
May 2, 2012 7:19 pm

Now I know what to do next time just give a 5 dollar bill and say” g-d bless you text year you should own a rolls royce”. I wish some one blessed me with a rolls royce

I am a 9 year old next time I know

the writer
May 2, 2012 7:11 pm

To #22. may you continue to shepp nachas from your son, who Is a very good bochur, which cares allot about the rebbes mivtzoim! Ad meah vesrim
Moshiach now!

May 2, 2012 6:37 pm

brother, very nice story. cr

May 2, 2012 6:18 pm

the rebbe must have been with him all through it kol hakovod
everyone should learn from him

May 2, 2012 6:13 pm

The bochur is not YR

May 2, 2012 5:56 pm

it rocks!

May 2, 2012 5:54 pm

Just to clarify: the bochur in the story is not YR

This is my son
May 2, 2012 5:22 pm

This story is just the gist of what had transpired. His name is NOT Moshe Frank. He is my son, he did not want his name to be published. Needless to say we are so very proud of him. This situation transpired over an hour. The man was crying for almost thirty minutes until he calmed down and put the teffilin on. It was a most moving story and we are always so proud to be blessed with such a fine son. May Hashem give all the Buchrim Safety and Health until 120 to ask ” Are You Jewish”

to #2
May 2, 2012 5:06 pm

His name is Moshe Frank – he’s active at Chabad of Wall St.

But as was mentioned, this is an “Illustration photo”

Lets give credit where credit is due
May 2, 2012 4:51 pm

Bochur- who are you?

to number 7
May 2, 2012 4:36 pm

I would like to see you messed over by Bernie Madoff and not feel negative towards yiddishkeit. The guy doesnt need psych help he just needs a job and a friend. So yasher koyach to the bucher who had the patience to listen to the mans woes and show a little care toward him. It shows that listening goes a long way…….. hint hint to parents teachers and hanhola out there!! You can change someones life just by listening to them.

May 2, 2012 4:12 pm

m.f. ur in pittsburgh???

May 2, 2012 3:40 pm


Go pittsburgh:)
May 2, 2012 3:28 pm

pittsburgh has an amazing school and community!!!
look at what they produce!

Not Just the neshama
May 2, 2012 3:04 pm

Its not Ruchniyus alone that bring a Yid closer. Gashmiyus is also needed. We have to bribe the animal soul.

tu a yid a tova begshmiyus
May 2, 2012 2:57 pm

as the frierdike rebbe said, this is the most important and then beruchinyos. Beautiful story.

to number 7
May 2, 2012 2:50 pm

One of the biggest emotional problems of the western society is that we forgot how to cry. A good cry once in a while can be very healthy emotionally, especially when the crying is done in public.

absolutely wow
May 2, 2012 2:40 pm

wow this story brought tears to my eyes this is trully an amazing story, sometimes all someone needs is a listoning ear !!!!!

beautiful story
May 2, 2012 2:38 pm

truly amazing. Kol hakavod

Yossy H
May 2, 2012 2:37 pm

#7 not everyone the tears up needs physic help some just need to put on tifflin, cool story.

beautiful story!
May 2, 2012 2:12 pm

now we have a beautiful story! only Good news! MOSHIACH NOW!!!

May 2, 2012 2:10 pm

Im sure the Rebbe has nachas from this,we could all do the same

modne maaseh
May 2, 2012 2:09 pm

sounds like that fellow is in urgent need of some psychological intervention, what a roller-coaster of emotion and an insinuation about shechita. I smell a rat.

the auther
May 2, 2012 2:05 pm

who ever wrote this story is a great writer

May 2, 2012 2:05 pm

The Bochur is Y.R

May 2, 2012 1:34 pm

This Bochur should be looked at very Highly, and I wish to hear MANY stories like this in the future!

Pintele Yid
May 2, 2012 1:27 pm

Story that brings tears to ones eyes and proves never to give up on a Yid

May 2, 2012 1:21 pm

Can we get a name bochur?

May 2, 2012 1:00 pm

What an amazing story. You see even when someone says no to one mitzvah, it is our opportunity to show them we can do the mitzvah of ahavas Yisroel.

Yasher Koach to this bochur, and for being such an amazing PERSON and CHOSSID.