The Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita is in Tzfas where he is taking a break from his rigid schedule accompanied by a few close talmidim. On Thursday, 4 Iyar 5772, when Israel celebrated Yom HaAtzma’ut, the rebbe told a story pertaining to the Imrei Chaim. The rebbe, who on Shabbos marked his 67th birthday, recalls the story from 54 years ago – when his grandfather the Imrei Chaim assisted him with putting on tefillin for the first time.
The rebbe explained the Imrei Chaim wore a shtreimel for the occasion and he did not recite tachnun because of his putting on tefillin for the first time. That year, like this year, Yom HaAtzma’ut was celebrated early, on Thursday to avoid chilul Shabbos.
“So as to prevent others from saying the Vishnitzer Rebbe celebrated Yom HaAtzma’ut and wore a shtreimel” the rebbe explained, “my grandfather the Imrei Chaim asked to recite תפלה לדוד הטה אזנך which is recited before the שיר של יום on days when tachnun is recited even though on that day he did not recite tachnun.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)