Wife Nachman Horendenker אשת נחמן הורנדנקר (Drovitcher) (deceased) MP

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About Wife Nachman Horendenker אשת נחמן הורנדנקר (Drovitcher)

She died in childbirth and here is the story (added by Yissochar Dov Berg):

She was a very wealthy god fearing single women. She came to the Baal Shem Tov saying she wanted to marry one of his top students. Listening to her request, the Baal Shem Tov set her up with Nachman Hordenker, and they soon after married. A few months after the wedding she comes back to the Baal Shem Tov complaining that her husband doesn't spend time with her and never spent the night with her. Right after the wedding he ran straight to the Beis Midrash, the study house and he only came home the next morning to talk to me and eat breakfast with me, those moments together are so special but after about a 15 minutes he disappears again and only shows up the next morning. This is going on for a few months now and I know he loves me very much and I love him dearly, I just don't understand why he doesn't spend more than 15 minutes with me. So the Baal Shem Tov upon hearing this calls for Reb Nachman and asks him to explain. Reb Nachman who was able to see the future says to the Baal Shem Tov, "you know just as well as me why I don't spend the night with her, I see she is destined to die in childbirth I love her so much I can't bear seeing such a thing happen to her." So the Baal Shem Tov says to him that he can't do this without asking his wife permission. So he tells the whole thing to his wife, his wife answers that she wants to bring a child into the world even if it means she has to die. 9 months later she gave birth to a son, it was so joyful for her, she named him Simcha (Joy), as she was giving birth she was crying a pleading to God to give her 1 month of life so at least she can spend time with her baby before she leaves this world. A month later she died. Afterwards her husband said, "At that moment when she was praying and pouring out her heart to God all the gates of Heaven were open, if only she would have asked not to die she would have lived a very long life." Breslover chassidim take this story as a lesson, that when you ask something from heaven, don't settle for something small, go for it all.