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A Hasidic tale

On the day of Yom Kippur

On the day of Yom Kippur, Rabbi Elimelekh of Lisensk took his disciples to a bricklayer’s workshop.
“Watch how this man behaves,” he said. “Because he manages to communicate well with the Lord.”

Without noticing that he was being observed, the bricklayer ended his work and went to the window.
He took two pieces of paper from his pocket and raised them to the sky, saying:

“Lord, on one paper I have written the list of my sins. I have erred and there is no reason for me to hide that I offended You several times.
“But on the other paper is the list of Your sins towards me. You have demanded of me more than what is necessary, brought me difficult moments, and made me suffer. If we compare the two lists, You are in debt towards me. But since today is the Day of Atonement, You pardon me, I pardon You, and we shall continue on our path together for another year.”

No Dia do Perdí£o Judaico:

No dia do Yom Kyppur, o rabino Elimelekh de Lisensk levou seus discí­pulos até a oficina de um pedreiro.
“Reparem o comportamento deste homem”, disse. “Porque ele consegue entender-se bem com o Senhor”.

Sem notar que estava sendo observado, o pedreiro terminou seus afazeres e foi para a janela. Tirou dois pedaí§os de papel do bolso, e levantou-os para o céu, dizendo:

“Senhor, numa folha escrevi a lista de meus pecados. Eu errei, e ní£o tenho porque esconder que Te ofendi várias vezes.
” Entretanto, no outro papel está a relaí§í£o dos Teus pecados para comigo. Exigiste de mim além do necessário, me trouxeste momentos difí­ceis, e me fizeste sofrer. Se compararmos as duas listas, o Senhor está em débito para comigo. Mas como hoje é o Dia do Perdí£o, Tu me perdoas, eu te perdí´o, e continuaremos juntos o nosso caminho por mais um ano”.

En el Dí­a del Perdón:

En el dí­a del Yom Kyppur, el rabino Elimelekh de Lisensk llevó a sus discí­pulos adonde trabajaba un albañil.
-Fijaos en el comportamiento de este hombre -les dijo, -pues él consigue entenderse bien con el Señor.

Sin darse cuenta de que estaba siendo observado, el albañil concluyó sus tareas y se acercó a la ventana. Sacó del bolsillo dos pedazos de papel, y los levantó hacia lo alto, diciendo:

-Señor, en una hoja he escrito la lista de mis pecados. He cometido algunos errores, y no tengo por qué esconder que Te ofendí­ en varias ocasiones.
“En el otro papel está la relación de Tus faltas para conmigo. Me exigiste más de lo necesario, me trajiste momentos difí­ciles, y me hiciste sufrir. Si comparamos las dos listas, estás en deuda conmigo. Pero como hoy es el Dí­a del Perdón, Tú me perdonas, yo te perdono, y continuamos juntos nuestro camino durante un año más.


  1. Vi må ikke glemme arvesynden. Jeg er sikker på at gud ikke vil at folk skal dí¸ av sult! Jeg tror demoner står bak mye av det vonde. Men gud har makt til å ta bort sykdommene slik han gjorde med Job. Han har også sagt at vi skal få dobbelt så mye tilbake når demonene setter oss på prí¸ve slik dem gjorde med Job. Gud er pure love <3

  2. nice says:

    teary eyed right now..ur story hit me down to my soul..made me reflect about my life

    Long live for sharing this story..beautiful.


  3. Swati says:

    A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared, he sat
    and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body
    through that little hole.

    Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as
    far as it could and it could go no farther. Then the man decided to help the
    butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of
    the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.

    But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to
    watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would
    enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.

    Neither happened!

    In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a
    swollen body and shriveled wings.

    It never was able to fly.

    What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the
    restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through
    the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the
    butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved
    its freedom from the cocoon.

    Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God allowed us
    to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would
    not be as strong as what we could have been.

    And we could never fly.
    “I asked for Strength…
    And I got difficulties to make me strong.”

    “I asked for Wisdom…
    And I got problems to solve.”

    “I asked for prosperity…
    And I got a Brain and Brawn to work.”

    “I asked for Courage…..
    And I got obstacles to overcome.”

    “I asked for Love…
    And I got troubled people to help.”

    “I asked for Favors…
    And I got opportunities.”

    “I received nothing I wanted…
    But I received everything I needed.”

  4. Empié says:

    Tiempo de romper, tiempo de coser…, ya era hora. Si alguna vez he discutido con alguien que quiero, que sepa que es alguien que quiero, en cuanto las nubes se disipan, el mismo sol de siempre sigue, y seguirá brillando.

    Un saludo a todas las personas a las que quiero, especialmente a …


  5. LoveM says:

    Utter not one word
    That separates you from beauty
    From the loveliness of your being
    This resounding atOnement…

    Don’t look for the harmony or melody
    In the single note of little you or me

  6. Nazeeha says:

    I read this little post by you.

    God never creates hardship for human beings. Its them itself invite all problems to their life. Even if there is hardship , God have given human beings brains to tackle the problems. And whatever difficult situation God put on us is for our own benefit. Thought if we dont realize it at that instant wise people realize it later that the have reaped alot of goodeness in life due to that situation.

    For God, there is nothing to loose if we commit sins. When we commit a sin in our life, it is affecting our lives only and hereafter. And God created Hell and Heaven to show justice to those who do good. Think , when all human beings refrain from commiting sins , the world becomes better place. Man itself is creating problems for man, not God. And all the holy messages he send upon messengers is therefore warning to people who commit sins. God is far beyond our level of thinking. He dint give capacity for our minds to measure his ability. Faithful and loyal humans understands this and thus thank God in whatever difficult situation they are. I want to conclude saying that this post is meaningless and doesnt convery any good message , also will lead people to follow their passion of commiting all sins believing the foolishness of comparing the list. God is Almighty and we are very far away from him.



    GRACIAS POR EXISTIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. jackienoriega says:

    una lectura educativa muy bella nosotros podemos aprender mucho de ella debemos tratar siempre de tener en cuenta cuando pecamos o hacemos cosas que no estan bien y luego tambien lo que nos pasa en la vida con sabor amargo y aí¹n así¬ pedir perdon a Dios por uestras equivocaciones y seguir adelante ya que tenemos un dí¬a a dí¬a para mejorar y darnos cuenta de lo bella que es la vida valorarla y dar todo lo que podamos dar no solo en lo material sino tambien una ayuda espiritual un consejo un apoyo al desvalido que aunque no lo creamos podemos incluso salvar vidas en ocasiones

  9. Annie says:

    I sit on my piano and I see keys
    there are white and black keys
    these are the keys to my heart

    I know both are essential.. because
    nothing is white and nothing is black.

    I listen to a rainbow of notes in between..
    sometimes I played the wrong note, that’s when I sinned ..
    sometimes I ‘ve been the wrong note, that’s when I sinned..
    I ask you to help me be the right note, and please, when I am not, please forgive me, till I become the most beautiful melody there is..

    Love and Gratitude

  10. Andrés Torrejón Páfila says:

    …esto si es …sentido del humor…;)

  11. Satora says:

    “But since today is the Day of Atonement, You pardon me, I pardon You”,

    Everyone has his/her way for “confessing” …
    For the bricklayer…this was his wholehearted way of communicating with G-d.

    As for “and we shall continue on our path together for another year”…

    His name was written in the Sefer ha-chayim…my angel just told me…but first he made me read about Yom Kippur…for I needed to understand.

    With loving kindness,


  12. marie-christine says:

    Good to see they are shaking hands for peace.:)

  13. Jo says:

    I accept it

  14. Heimo Kruschinski says:

    An incredibly beautiful story. When I read the story for the first time, I had to laugh. Then the second and third times not. For me, this story is about forgiveness. A prayer is not only a talk with God, it’s also a conversation with yourself, both lists were written by the man, he was responsible for both.
    If God forgives me and I forgive him, then that is one and the same. I must be able to forgive me in the first place. If I can honestly, then God forgives me. This is something I find very difficult. That is what I see in this story.

    I wish you all a wonderful day

  15. Valentino says:

    Dí­a del perdon, si buenisimo, dia del perdon, empezando por perdonarnos a nosotros mismo, para sentir libertad, no castigarnos tanto, con eso creo que podemos perdonar mas facil a los demas.

  16. Yilmaz says:

    Forgiving is one of the greatest virtues in life. Even at times when you don’t know why. It is also one of the hardest things to learn.

    I forgive myself for I have sinned many times. :)

    May all of you be blessed.

  17. Selin Ä°ÄŸdeli says:

    Well if someone believes in god, s(he) can’t judge god’s behaviors as sin since s(he) believes that god is the most powerful thing ever and created all the universe.So to those who believe in god wouldn’t find this good story.However, I find it pretty good.

  18. agie says:

    If God lets you experience difficulties in life – it is for a reason. It is in order for you to understand or learn something that could not be understood or learnt in any other way. I have always thanked God for these moments and for the time right after experiencing the “lesson”. It is a very individual and great feeling that makes you appreciate who you are and get unified with your soul in solitude. I never asked God for happiness, money, good luck etc. These are things I can achieve on my own – either by working on my attitude towards life, working hard or taking care of myself. All I ever asked God for was that people around me finally understand it..that it’s all up to them, the way they see their own life…and then finally be happy – it’s really not that hard! Blessings.

  19. StaceyKim says:


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  20. Graciela says:

    Yo tomo este relato desde mi punto de vista, como judí­a y como ser universal: Para mi Di-s es omnipresente, lo que significa que lo impregna todo, incluso a nosotros, los seres humanos, por lo tanto este albañil lo que estaba haciendo era reconciliarse consigo mismo y con su propia divinidad, que en definitiva serí­a el objetivo del Dí­a del Perdón o Yom Kipur, desde esta reconciliación consigo mismo podrá el hombre reconciliarse con su prójimo.

  21. Maria Caixeiro says:

    O pedreiro parte de uma falsa premissa, ao pensar que a fé e o perdí£o sí£o uma permuta entre o homem e Deus.A fé tem um sentido, do homem para Deus:«Quem acredita tem a vida eterna».Deus ama-nos como filhos e na sua infinita sabedoria ní£o precisa de ser perdoado.Ele sabe,que algumas situaí§íµes menos agradáveis para nós,resultam de passos errados no Caminho.Como homens livres,usufruindo do livre arbí­trio,somos responsáveis por essas escolhas!Os nossos passos serí£o cada vez mais firmes ,quanto maior e mais forte for a fé e a fortaleza de espí­rito que se ganha,na vitória sobre as adversidades.Deus ní£o se substitui ao homem, nem é culpado pelo que lhe acontece, por escolha feita.Atribuir a culpa a Deus é assumirmos uma desculpabilizaí§í£o e um comodismo absurdos ,como se ní£o fossemos seres dotados da capacidade de discernimento,capazes de distinguir o Bem do Mal!!í€s vezes, a Vida perde sabor.Os sonhos parecem inúteis.É como se Deus morasse longe de nós! Mas é preciso lembrar:Quando a doení§a se abate TU estás comigo;quando a tristeza me esmaga vou apoiar-me em TI; quando fico vazio…só me sobra o desejo de partilhar CONTIGO as minhas feridas.És TU e só TU a meta dos meus passos.Preciso de TI para avaní§ar pelos Caminhos da Vida sem me perder…TU me dizes: «Estarei sempre a teu lado com a Minha forí§a te sustentarei» (Salmo 88).Como posso ter algo a perdoar-TE??