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Bells and Pomegranates


Affixed to the hem of the robe of the Kohen Gadol were bells and pomegranates. There are many beautiful and inspirational explanations for this, but allow us to share just one with you.

As the Kohen Gadol waked, the bells would tinkle, announcing his presence. From this we learn a basic rule of Torah etiquette. We are never to just barge into a room or a house, even if its our own, for we have a responsibility to inform those who are inside that we have arrived, rather than take them by surprise.

Our father of blessed memory, HaRav Meshulem Jungreis, zt”l, was always careful to fulfill this precept. How, you might ask, did he announce his arrival? Did he knock or rattle the doorknob? No, he did not employ any of the conventional means, but we always knew when our father was at the door, because he never entered the house without singing. A survivor of the concentration camps, a pioneering Orthodox rabbi in Long Island, he certainly had undergone his share of challenges and tests, but no matter how stressful his day may have been, he never entered the house without singing.

What a wonderful lesson for all of us. Consider for a moment how different our relationships in our family life would be if we would only learn to smile and sing.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Yisroel Jungreis