Members of the local governor's household would taunt and trouble
R' Mani, son of R' Yona. He went to pray at his father's grave.
"Father," he cried, "these people are
Shortly afterwards these same people passed by the cave
where R' Yona was buried. The horses' feet stuck to the
ground there and they were unable to move. The riders, realizing the reason
for this miracle, accepted on themselves never to hurt R' Mani again.
Immediately, the horses' feet became free.
R' Mani was a student of R' Yitzchak ben Eliyashiv. Once, he
came crying to his rebbi.
"The rich members of my father-in-law's family,"
he complained, "taunt and trouble me."
"May they become poor," R' Yitzchak told him. A short
time later, he again came to complain before R' Yitzchak.
"Now, there are pressuring me to support them," he
moaned. "They tell me they have nothing to eat."
"May they again become rich," R' Yitzchak prayed,
and so it was.
At another time R' Mani came before R' Yitzchak.
"My wife is unattractive,"
he complained, "and I find it difficult to look at her."
"What is her name?" R' Yitzchak asked.
"May Chana become beautiful," R' Yitzchak prayed,
and so it was.
A short while later, R' Mani again came with the complaint.
"She is beautiful now," he moaned, "but she
treats me in an arrogant and offhand way."
"If so," R' Yitzchak said, "may she again be plain."
And so it was.
A Tzaddik's Prayer
Two students of R' Yitzchak ben Eliyashiv once asked him,
"Rebbi, pray for us that we should be wise."
"Once, I could do this," he answered them, "whatever
I would pray for, the heavens would grant me. Now, I have returned this power
to the heavens, and my prayers are not accepted so easily." However, this
was not the real reason. He told them this so as not to trouble the heavens too
R' Yosi had a donkey which he would hire out on a daily
basis. In the evening, they would send it home with the rental money on it. It would
then go home. But if they put on it more or less
money than they should have, it would not move from that place.
Once, they forgot on it a pair of shoes, and it would not
budge. The people were puzzled until at last they found the cause. They removed
the shoes from its back, and it went home.