I read a story over shabbas from Tales of Tzaddikim, Bamidbar pg 251-252, Published by Mesorah Publications, and it quoted it from Sefer Chassidim, Siman 6407. I opened up my Sefer Chassidim and the last entry in it is 1172 (like this one, for example).

The basics to the story is of a man wanting to do teshuva and goes before a Tzaddik to ask how. The Rebbe tells him it is simple, all he has to do is never tell a lie. As a result, every time he wanted to do something wrong, he would say to himself, what will i say to someone who asks me about what I have done, thus, stopping himself from doing something wrong.

Is there another Sefer Chassidim or another way that it was organized? Is there another source for this story?

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    – msh210
    Commented Jul 7, 2013 at 23:11
  • IIRC it's a midrash and the rabbi is R' Shimon ben Shetach. But I'd have to look it up.
    – Shalom
    Commented Jul 7, 2013 at 23:18
  • @Shalom: see the Pnei Dovid quoted here: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/29879/603 . You can see it in the Ayuma Kanidgalot as well, but it is barely legible.
    – Menachem
    Commented Jul 11, 2013 at 2:53

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It is a typo. The correct number is Sefer Chasidim 647.


The Brit Olam (commentary on the Sefer Chasidim) brings three sources for this story:

Sefer Auma Kanidgalot and Pnei Dovid quote similar stories, however, they are slightly different versions.

Pnei Dovid says the story takes place with a "Rav", where as, Sefer Auma Kanidgalot quotes the Rav as being R' Shimon Ben Shatach.


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