B"H Thursday, 5 Kislev 5778 | November 23 2017
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Yahrtzeit of Mashpia Rabbi Mendel Futerfas
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Today, Daled Tammuz, is the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Mendel Futerfas. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Futerfas , known informally as R' Mendel, was a famous Chabad Mashpia. He was a top talmid of the famed Mashpia, Reb Zalman Moshe HaYitzchaki.
He was known for telling stories, particularly from his incarceration, and deriving lessons from everything he heard and saw there.

He once told that although playing cards was against prison rules, his prison-mates would always play in their cell. The prison guard could see them playing, however when he came in, the cards would be gone and as hard as he would search, the guard could not find the illicit items. When he finally gave up and promised not to bother the prisoners if they would only tell him what they do with the cards, they told him that every time he came in, they would slip the cards into his own pocket and then pick-pocket the cards back before he left.

R' Mendel learned from this that sometimes we go looking far and long, when we have what we want in our own pocket.