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So I’m willing to convene “Our Jewish court of law. “Midnight is the wrong time, though. ” Suddenly that night three guests, Each a rabbi and a tsáddik Came to Elimelekh’s home. One guest was the Rabbi of Apt, Yes, the famous wonder-worker. Elimelekh then proposed That they join him as the judges In tomorrow’s litigation. And the visitors agreed, Giving him their sacred word. w 162 God on Trial Early the next morning, when Feyvel reached the Jewish court, All four rabbis donned their prayer shawls, And the court was called to order.

Everything they brought was as shiny as fine gold, as glittery as diamonds. And joyously they arrived at the Throne of Glory. The angels cautiously gathered every crumb of bread, every tiny thread of tattered garments, every coin no matter how tiny. But the mound was small and poor because the nation of Israel was destitute and dejected. When the last angel had flown in with the last alms (the blind beggar woman’s penny), who should appear at the threshold of the palace vestibule but Satan the Accuser.

For if these forces win, then Jews can expect all kinds of ordeals and persecutions, libels and massacres. However, even after the judgment is rendered, the Almighty in His vast grace gives the sinful person the possibility of alleviating or even canceling the verdict: the sinner can do so through Prayer, Repentance, and Charity. But before these three forces can appear before the Throne of Glory, they have to pass through the vestibule of the palace, where their purity and holiness are determined.

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