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"Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying: 'Speak to Aharon and his sons, saying - "So shall you bless the Children of Israel, saying to them: 'May Hashem bless you and safeguard you'"'" (Bemidbar 6:22-24).

We all are aware of the magnitude of a blessing from Hashem. But some of us are not cognizant of the tremendous power the blessing of a Torah scholar is. As a servant of Hashem, He heeds the words of his holy mouth and, accordingly, blesses those whom he blessed.

In Aleynu Leshabeach, Rabbi Zilberstein shlita tells a story of a man who worked in a factory where the common practice was to fire anyone who began to age, and to hire someone younger in his place.

One Orthodox man noticed that his beard was beginning to turn grey, and he was terrified that he would receive a "pink slip" soon. Although it is normally forbidden by the Torah for a man to dye his white hair black, this fellow asked the Gaon, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein ztvk"l, if, in his situation, it might be permitted.

The Rav answered that it is a very difficult question, and hard to allow. Instead, he offered to bless the man that his bosses would not fire him. And, amazingly, the fellow got older and older, and his beard got whiter and whiter, but, nevertheless, he kept his job to a ripe old age, until he was ready to retire on his own.

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