A Satmar Chossid relayed this story to me:

The previous Gerer Rebbe had a policy that he did not want a newly married chatan to attend his Shabbat tisch during his 1st year of marriage. One Shabbat, he saw a chatan at the Shabbat tisch. The Rebbe walked up to him and gave him a a piece of kugel. Then, he said, "Here's a piece of kugel. Make 'shehakol'. Then go home to your wife and make 'borei nefashos'".

I think it's a great story! I can't verify its authenticity. But, I'm curious if the Rebbe was known for having such a sharp sense of humor.

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    Wow. That's bolder than any joke I've heard a rabbi say. "bolder" is lashon naki btw. – Clint Eastwood Jul 16 '14 at 17:52
  • @ClintEastwood - The Rebbe WAS using lashon naki :-) – DanF Jul 16 '14 at 17:57
  • I wonder if the talmid understood it. – Clint Eastwood Jul 16 '14 at 20:13

Although I can not verify this specific story, the Rabbi's of the ger dynasty have always been known for their sharp wit. As the first Rabbi of Ger "was a preeminent disciple of the Kotzker Rebbe" who "was well known for his incisive and down-to-earth philosophies, and sharp-witted sayings. He appears to have had little patience for false piety or stupidity".

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