Chernobler Rebbe Tells Chossid: Take My Picture So You Can Make Parnassah

Friday November 12, 2010 9:26 AM - 17 Comments

chernobler-rebbeA chossid of the Chernobler Rebbe complained to his manhig about the difficulties he’s experiencing in making living.

The Rebbe asked the chossid what his profession is. The chossid said that he is a professional photographer, but that there is little demand for this type of work in the chareidi community.

The Rebbe’s response demonstrates the righteousness of the leader who changed his habit to help the livelihood of his chossid.

The Rebbe, who is known, like other admorim including the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Monsey, to shun having his picture taken, told the chossid, “Take my picture. Maybe it can help you make a living.”

chernobler-rebbe-5The chossid explained to the Rebbe that a proper picture is taken in a studio with the appropriate lighting and background.

The Rebbe, whose every minute is so precious, joined his chossid at a studio for an hour, allowing his follower to take his picture so he can sell it and make some money.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}

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17 Responses to “Chernobler Rebbe Tells Chossid: Take My Picture So You Can Make Parnassah”

1. Comment from telzer
Time November 12, 2010 at 9:50 AM

the famous picture of rav gifter zt”l sitting and writing chidushim came about from the same story only there he said to take the picture the way he was and that he wont get dressed for it

2. Comment from Orthowatch.blogspot.com
Time November 12, 2010 at 10:39 AM

R’ Moshe Feinstein used to enjoy letting children take his picture. He said “Better they should hang my picture on the wall than a baseball player!”

I heard that story from my Rosh Yeshiva, who heard R’ Moshe say it.

3. Comment from Tzaddik
Time November 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM

The Chernobler Rebbe of Bnei Brak is a holy man and a great tzaddik!! even without this story.

Will spend time talking to any broken heart may it be a bochur of 15 or an old man all alike!!

4. Comment from Ben Torah
Time November 12, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I think the photographer should have had some common sense to take the photo in the Rebbe’s place, rather than shlepping him to the studio and taking his time thus. The Rebbe already went out on a limb to allow him to take the photo, even though he is opposed to it.

5. Comment from Avi
Time November 12, 2010 at 12:10 PM

#4 Maybe he wanted to present the rebbe in the best light

6. Comment from good eye
Time November 12, 2010 at 12:18 PM

#4….just let it go and let it stand on its own merit. If the Rebbe would not have wanted to go to the studio, he would have voiced his opinion. Give credit where it is due and don’t look to ruin a good thing!!!!!
Why is it that there are some people who just need to find something negetive in anything good? Why ….oh why?????
Please…develop an ayin tov…..

7. Comment from chaim
Time November 12, 2010 at 1:01 PM

we should all learn fron him

8. Comment from against
Time November 12, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Ah! There are still genuine Tzadikim!

9. Comment from Anonymous
Time November 12, 2010 at 1:42 PM

#4: Of course you are right. Which just goes to show you the greatness of the Rebbe. He went along with the man’s meshugasin and did not point out the obvious to him. He did the chesed “bishlaymus” - with perfection and understanding.

10. Comment from Boomslang
Time November 12, 2010 at 1:43 PM

I think you can safely leave it to the Rebbe shlita to decide what he should or should not have done.

11. Comment from A Denver Yid
Time November 12, 2010 at 2:14 PM

There is a photographer in my town, Mr. Ed Bernstein, who has one of the largest collections of gedolim pictures. I’ve heard him personally testify he’s gotten major gedolim to pose for him to help out his parnasa.

Who is like this nation , Israel, and its leaders!

12. Comment from Question
Time November 12, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Where can I acquire the picture?

13. Comment from ich veis nisht
Time November 12, 2010 at 3:13 PM

it is not respectful to put those words ovewr his face.

14. Comment from kinaas sofrim
Time November 13, 2010 at 9:41 PM

V’hayu einecha ro’os es mor’echah.

* I once heard a similar incident about (I think) R’ Elchonon that someone wanted to take a picture of him while he was at his shtender learning. After spending some time setting up his camera ‘under the tallis’, when he was just about ready to take the picture, R’ Elchonon turned his shtender around to face the other way. The man proceeded to set up his camera on the other side of the room. Once again, when the man was just about ready, R’ Elchonon turned around. This went on a few times. The man explained to R’ Elchonon that he needs the picture for his parnassah, so R’ Elchonon allowed him to take a picture.

* I once asked R’ Avigdor Miller zt’l if I can take a picture of him. He said, “Why waste a film on me?”, but he stopped and posed.

15. Comment from Chernobler
Time November 14, 2010 at 3:03 AM

what a holy yid!
i heard such a story once from 1 of the big rebbes in previous gereation!
the rebbes told chusid to take his photo to make parnusa, anyone remmbers wich rebbe ?

16. Comment from against
Time November 14, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Yep!
I heard it on the Pnei Menachem of gur.

17. Comment from bps
Time November 15, 2010 at 11:29 AM

http://www.shayaweiss.co.il/

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