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The Rebbe’s Smile and the Rav’s Slap

Riki Goldstein

“That was probably my most memorable performance”

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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"A s a Vizhnitzer chassid, I once went in to take a kvittel to the Yeshuos Moshe zy”a, and on my way in I suggested to the gabbai that maybe I could sing a niggun,” says Shloime Gertner of a solo he’ll never forget. “This was years ago, just when Sruli Ginsberg had released Pinky Weber’s ‘Aneini’ [from the album with the same title]. I sang ‘Aneini,’ and the Rebbe was very taken by it. That was probably my most memorable performance. Another time, I had the opportunity to sing for Rav Ovadiah. I think he liked it, because I received the special slap.”

(Originally featured in Mishpacha, Issue 711)

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