I.L.Peretz, Poland (1852-1915) LITERAL COMPREHENSION: "If Not Higher" is written by I.L Peretz. He was a short story writer from Poland. The story gives the message that selfless service is the path that leads someone to heavenly glory. The person who is dedicated to social service achieves heavenly glory on earth. The story is about the mystery of where the Rabbi ( spiritual leader ) of Nemirov goes and what he does during the Penitential Prayers in the days before. Early every Friday morning at a time of Penitential Prayer ( Showing or constituting penance ) where religious services were performed, the Rabbi of Nemirov disappeared. He wasn't found at home too. People thought, he went to heaven at that time. They had the strong belief that he ascends to heaven for the welfare of the people. But once, a Litvak came there and laughed at them. Pointing out the story from Gemraha, he mocks at them and said that Moses was suspended two and a half feet below heave
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