April 12, 2009 2:13 pm at 2:13 pm #589672namelessMember
Please post any story or facts about Rebbes, Tzaddikim or Chachomim that might inspire us(past or present)
Here is something I heard recently:
I am not sure which gadol it was, I stand to be corrected but I think it was the Chasam Sofer who when eating the Afikomen on Pesach was able to taste it as any food he imagined.April 12, 2009 5:31 pm at 5:31 pm #953782
don’t we already have a thread like this somewhere?
speaking of pesach, there’s a story i think about Reb Yaakov that he was once in someone’s house for pesach and he didn’t trust the kashrus so he told them he doesn’t eat gebrokts. from then on – for the rest of his life he did not eat gebrokts.April 12, 2009 6:04 pm at 6:04 pm #953783Aishes ChayilParticipant
A few Belzer Chassidim wen to the Chasam Sofer to see his Seder.
As was his minhag, he DID eat gebrokst on Pesach.
When the Chassidim went back to the Rebbe, they said that they didnt stay for that reason. The Rebbe quickly replied by saying ‘WHAT, you had a chance to see a seder by the Ch’S, and you left because he ate gebrokst??? What a loss for you’April 13, 2009 8:09 am at 8:09 am #953784JaxMember
The Brisker Rav, Rav Yosef Ber Soloveichik (1820-1892) was asked a halachic question regarding Pesach. He asked the Rav if it would be permissible to use milk instead of wine for the arba kosos at the Seder.
The Rav asked him if there was a medical reason that prevented him from drinking wine. The Rav continued to ask more questions to get to the root of the problem of drinking wine.
Finally, the man replied in a shaky voice that he could not earn enough money this month to buy wine for the Seder. Once the Rav heard this his heart opened and almost involuntarily he gave the man 20 rubels as a “loan” to purchase wine.April 13, 2009 9:22 am at 9:22 am #953785aussieboyParticipant
moish: Why didnt he just say he didnt mish?April 13, 2009 1:38 pm at 1:38 pm #953786namelessMember
When the Klausenberger Rebbe ZYA, was liberated from Aushwitz, he was asked what they could do for him.
After losing his wife and 11 children to the NAZIS Y’SH,
this great Tzaddik requested Kosher food for the survivors and a car to take the bodies in order for them to get a proper Kevurah.April 13, 2009 2:38 pm at 2:38 pm #953787yoyoMember
wow- such selflessness- it’s so amazing to see the greatness of the tzaddikim and to hear inspirational stories about themApril 13, 2009 2:42 pm at 2:42 pm #953788mepalMember
Wow! These stories are amazing. Keep them coming!
A more contemporary story; a chashuva guy was getting a haircut for Yom Tov. Next door there was a shoemaker. When he left, the shoemaker begged the guy to please buy a pair of shoes. Although he didn’t need another pair as he had Yom Tov shoes already, the choshuva guy bought the shoes anyways to give another yid some parnossoh before Yom Tov. To which the shoemaker replied with a huge grin “Thank you! Now I have money to buy matzos for Pesach”.April 13, 2009 3:21 pm at 3:21 pm #953790
i guess that’s a little more snobbish. anyway, he came to them for pesach – how could he say he didn’t mish? (it was when he was younger and learning in yeshiva – he wasn’t married with a family or anything.)April 13, 2009 3:24 pm at 3:24 pm #953791Aishes ChayilParticipant
Here’s a humorous one I once heard from a scion of the Ksav Sofer who happens to be a red-head:
When the Ksav Sofer was a child, he was kind of cheeky and very often up to mischief.
He decided to do a little ‘shtickel’ on his father. He was walking through town one day, and whenever he encoutered someone with a red beard he told him’My father would like to see you in his office today at 4:00 pm.’
At precisely 4 oclock that afternoon, the Chasam Sofer opened the door to his waiting room, and to his surprise saw about 30 red bearded men sitting there waiting to be called in. Meanwhile , his little son, stood in the corner laughing himself to tears.
His father then took him aside and told him that because he played this trick on his father, he will be ‘Zoiche’ to have red heads as descendants…..and so it was. Many of his einiklich are gingy!April 13, 2009 6:53 pm at 6:53 pm #953792areivimzehlazehParticipant
so according to moish- I’m an einekal 😉April 13, 2009 7:34 pm at 7:34 pm #953793WolfishMusingsParticipant
speaking of pesach, there’s a story i think about Reb Yaakov
It was R. Ya’akov Kaminetzky.
He didn’t say that he didn’t mish for the same reason that he stopped eating gebrokts… he always told the truth. When he said that he doesn’t eat gebrokts, he immediately accepted that stringency upon himself — for the rest of his life.
It should also be noted that he did not impose this on his family — he allowed his family to eat gabrokts — just he himself did not.
The WolfApril 13, 2009 7:56 pm at 7:56 pm #953794
really? that’s cool. do you eat gebrokts?? 😉April 17, 2009 6:33 pm at 6:33 pm #95379522OldGoldParticipant
R’ Noach Weinberg was really an introvert, but he saw a need in Klal Yisroel and therefore changed his nature. He also started 8 yeshivos before Aish HaTorah. When he went to get a brocho from his Rav, I think it was Rav Hutner, the Rav gave him three pieces of advice. He followed the first two, but only suceeded when he listened to the third which wasn’t to take on partners.October 11, 2012 8:55 pm at 8:55 pm #953796
One Time a man came to the minyan of Rav Aharon Leib Shteiman. Rav Shteiman minhag is that only one person is allowed to say kaddish. This Man did not know that Rav Shteiman followed this minagag. Hence, he started saying kaddish along with Rav Shteiman. The people at the minyan were outraged, and were about to admonish this man for his mistake. Rav Shteiman quickly gestures to everyone not to say anything, and instead let the man be the one to say Kaddish.October 11, 2012 9:08 pm at 9:08 pm #953797
A yungerman came to Rav Shmuel Berenbaum withand a complaint. The man told rav Shmuel, that he tries to follow in Rav Shmuels ways, but sometimes it’s too hard because he doesn’t have money. R’Shmuel said to him, whenever it’s hard come too me. R’Shmmuel took out his own personal Check book and Wrote out a check for the yungerman. The whole time the yungerman assume that it was the yeshiva check book. After four times that the yungerman recieved a check, he finally looked at the check, and he read Shmuel Berenbaum.October 11, 2012 9:14 pm at 9:14 pm #953798
Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel:
Every year Rav Nosson Tzvi would give a Shmuez on rosh hashana in each of the three places where the Mir had a minyan.
On the last year of his life the Rosh Yeshiva Got up and asked, “What shoould a person think about during Tekiyos”? The Rosh answered, “you should about somebody else”.October 11, 2012 9:28 pm at 9:28 pm #953799
Name: Rav Elchonon Wasserman
Former position: Dean of Yeshivas Ohel Tora Of Baranavitch
On a fundraising trip in America, Rav Elchonon was being brought to a generous philantrophist. In order to get to this philantrophist he had to pass through Time square. Rav Elchonon never open his eyes in the street in order to ovoid forbidden sites. A couple of feet into Times Square, Rav Elchonon Screames STOP! get me out of here. This place has an awful smell. A smell of Tumah.October 11, 2012 9:37 pm at 9:37 pm #953800
Name: Rav Moshe Feinstein
Former position: Dean of MTJ
One time a person offered Rav Moshe a ride home from a wedding. Rav Moshe got in the car, and the driver without realizing, closed the door on rav Moshe’s finger. The whole ride Rav Moshe pretended that nothing hurt him. After, someone asked Rav moshe why he didn’d tell the driver in the begining of the ride. Rav Moshe said to him he did me a favor why should i make him feel badOctober 11, 2012 9:48 pm at 9:48 pm #953801
Rav Yosef Shalom Elyahiv
Former Position: Mahanig Hadar
A grandsone relates that when he was bring his grandfather a cup of tea, he accidentally spilled it. Rav Elyahiv was learning then and did not even flinch, he just kept on learning.October 11, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm #953802
Rav Yissacher Meir
Former position: Dean of Yeshivat HanegavOctober 11, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm #953803
Rav Aharon Kotler
Dean of Lakewood and kletzOctober 11, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm #953804goldersgreenerParticipant
What do you guys say to this one.
The lock to the Oitzer seforim in gateshead yeshiva was broken, and could not be opened from the outside, so bochurim used to use it for various purposes.
One day it was locked, and there were bochurim inside, and there was a knock on the door, by r’ Avrohom Gurwitz shlit”a, but the bochurim were sure that it was someone playing a joke. When they eventually opened the door he said, ”I’m waiting outside with my face covered, since i don’t want you to be embarrased.
Amazing, no?October 12, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am #953805
Do you have any others?
(im partically intrested in stories about rav shmuel berenbaum.)October 12, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am #953806brotherofursParticipant
Rebbetzin Kannievsky a”h never wanted air conditioning in her hot house in Israel because she considered it a luxery and didn’t want the people that came to her house everyday to see the air conditoning and think, “If Rebbetzin Kannievsky has one then i must need one” She never wanted to cause jealousy and only used the simplest necessities.
Despite all this, the minute she heard from someone that one of her assistants was having a very hard time working in the house because of the heat, the Rebbetzin immediatly bought the air conditioning and apologized deeply to her assistant.
If her requests led to the inconvienience of others, she always changed them!
*i think when she did get the air conditioning, she made sure to put in the diningroom where her husband learned in order to help himOctober 12, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am #953807
R’ Shmuel Berembaum had a heart attack on shabbos and walked to Maomonidies , a good 1 to 2 hour walk.
I learned in South Fallsburg years ago, and R’ Elya Svei came for shabbos bc his it was his grandchilds simcha. Anyways, he stayed up the whole Friday night learning and giving chizuk to the bochrim. It was truly amazing. In both stories, they were not young men.October 12, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am #953808
There’s a picture from when R’ Shteinman and the Gerrer Rebbe came to the US about 12-13 years ago, of R’ Shteinman and R’ Shmuel standing over an open sefer with the Gerrer Rebbe a few feet behind them. My roommate from yeshiva was there at the time, and this is the story of that picture:
R’ Shmuel Berenbaum had a question on the Ayeles HaShachar. When R’ Shteinman and the Gerrer Rebbe came to the Mir Yeshiva, R’ Shmuel wanted to ask R’ Shteinman his question. The Gerrer Rebbe was a few minutes behind R’ Shteinman in getting into the beis medrash, and was standing a few feet behind them (among the Mirrer bochurim), listening to their discussion – and R’ Shmuel did not know he was there.
After a few minutes of listening, the Gerrer Rebbe leaned over a bit and tried to offer a solution to R’ Shmuel’s question. R’ Shmuel, without turning around, said (and please pardon my Yiddish!), “Yunger man, ich hub g’fregt fun der Rosh Yeshiva – nisht fun dir!October 12, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am #953809October 12, 2012 1:05 am at 1:05 am #953810
When Reb Yaakov Kaminetzky ZT”L came to America, he was a meshulach for the Kovna kollel. He stopped in to visit a certain businessman, and told him that the businessman gave a certain amount of dollars last year. The businessman challenged the number, and showed Reb Yaakov ZT”L a receipt with a lower number. Reb Yaakov ZT”L quit on the spot. The guy wanted to give Reb Yaakov ZT”L a check anyway. Reb Yaakov ZT”L told him he no longer works for the kollel, and is unable to take money for them.
When Reb Moshe ZT”L came out with his psak on AI Donor, a certain kanoi went out of his way to make Reb Moshe’s life miserable. One day, this kanoi is arrested by the government for fraud. Before sentencing, this kanoi asked Reb Moshe ZT”L to write a letter to the judge in order to get a more lenient sentence. Reb Moshe ZT”L wrote the letter without hesitation. After all, a Jew needs his help.
Someone was engaged to the daughter of Reb Baruch Ber ZT”L. The guy later broke it off. Sometime after that, the guy asked Reb Baruch Ber for a recommendation letter. Reb Baruch Ber wrote the latter, and asked several people their opinion of it to make sure there was no mashehu of a violation of “lo sitor”.
Many people like to say they’re totally leshem shomayim, with no desire for personal kavod. The saintly Reb Chaim Shmuelevitz, who worked on himself his entire life, still admitted later in life that it feels good when he gets a bracha at a wedding titled “Der Rosh Yeshiva fun Der Mirrer Yeshiva”.October 12, 2012 1:05 am at 1:05 am #953811
A yungerman came to Rav Shmuel Berenbaum withand a complaint…looked at the check, and he read Shmuel Berenbaum.
I find this amazing. So typical of Rav Shmuel for those who knew him!October 12, 2012 1:07 am at 1:07 am #953812
R’ Noach Weinberg was really an introvert, but he saw a need in Klal Yisroel and therefore changed his nature. He also started 8 yeshivos before Aish HaTorah. When he went to get a brocho from his Rav, I think it was Rav Hutner, the Rav gave him three pieces of advice. He followed the first two, but only suceeded when he listened to the third which wasn’t to take on partners.
Regarding Rabbi Weinberg I heard that he was such an introvert that after speaking publicly he used to get sick he would be knocked out for hours! Truly extraordinary mesiras nefesh!October 12, 2012 1:09 am at 1:09 am #953813
av Chatzkel Levenstein was summonsed to court to give testimony in a certain case. The judge turned to him in the middle of his testimony and said “is it true that you are considered one of the greatest most revered Rabbi’s in your community?” R’ Chatzkel answered yes it is true. The judge said, “but Rabbi, doesn’t your faith teach you to be humble?” yes R’ Chatzkel replied, but I’m under oath, and our faith says we must tell the truth.”October 12, 2012 1:10 am at 1:10 am #953814
I heard this story second hand. A guy who was becoming frum decided to visit R’ Chaim Kanievski. Right before he went, he called up his mother who didn’t believe in Yidishkeit and asked her if she needed a brocho for anything. She said that she’ll doubt it’s going to work, but her back has been hurting her for the past few days and she can’t get out of bed. He asked R’ Chaim for a brocho for her, called up his mother the next day, and she said her back stopped hurting at a certain time, which happened to be within a few minutes of when R’ Chaim gave the brocho!October 12, 2012 1:13 am at 1:13 am #953815
I dont know what kind of story this qualifies as but anyway,
A rav (possibly R’ Aryeh Levin -maybe someone could confirm it) once went to a doctor with his wife, who hurt her foot. When the doctor asked what the trouble was he replied, “Doctor, my wifes foot is hurting us.”
I think this is the way this story goes:
A man walked into a store and saw the owner working and his two sons learning with much enthusiasm. he asked the owner why he was zoche to sons like that and he answered with a story. he was known as a popular philanthropist and many years earlier he went to a certain rav and said he would like to do something to merit sons who would learn torah. the rav told him there were two boys, both learning in a local yeshiva who had “outgrown” the learning at a very young age and needed to be sent somewhere else. unfortunately due to lack of funding they were unable to go, but if this philanthropist would put up the money then he would merit sons as he wanted. the man put up the money and his sons were learning torah, just as he wanted. the listener asked who the boys who received the money were. oh it was, (R’)Moshe Feinstein and (R’)Ahron Kotler (I have also heard a variation with R’ Yaakov Kamanetzky)October 12, 2012 1:14 am at 1:14 am #953816
R’ Moshe Feinstein was in his home with one of his talmidim, when an almana of a few weeks came to speak with R’ Moshe. The talmid went to the back of the room to watch quietly, as the woman poured her heart out to R’ Moshe. As the woman finished, the talmid observed R’ Moshe with tears streaming down his face. He sat there and cried for a few minutes, said a couple of words, and the woman left, visibly comforted, and lifted to more positive spirits.
The talmid then asked R’ Moshe, “Rebbe, did you know this womans husband well? Was he a talmid of yours?” “No” replied R’ Moshe, “I did not know her husband, and I don’t know her either.” “So, Rebbe” the talmid replied, “why all the tears?” R’ Moshe said, “she is part of klal yisroel, and I must also carry her burden”. (A lesson in nosei b’ol im chaveiro)October 12, 2012 1:15 am at 1:15 am #953817
-At Rav yaakov Kaminetzky’s levaya there was a Nun.The family members asked her in a polite way how come she came to Rav Yaakov Zatzal’s levaya.She answered that everybody ignored her because she was a nun.However, ever morning Rav Yaakov would pass the nunnery on his way to somewhere and would say good morning to her.She said I just had to come to the funeral of such a great man!
-Once at Rav Gifter Zatal’s house they had a choshuva guest over Chanukah.The guest told Rav Gifter that they have to light because it was way passed shkiya.Rav Gifter answered that they will wait for Rebbitzen Gifter to come home to light because Shalom Bayis is more important!
My brother was in line to a brocha from Rav Kanievsky.There was a man there who was pouring out his heart to Rav Kanievsky.My brother said that he saw tears pour down Rav Kanievsky’s face in front of everyone!October 12, 2012 1:19 am at 1:19 am #953818
My younger brother is good friends with R’ Scheinberg’s great grandson. When he put on tefillin for the first time, R’ Scheinberg came to the US for it. That Shabbos, I was out walking, and I happened to see R’ Scheinberg walking out of a shul with some people. They were walking in the same direction as me, so I decided to walk near them and listen to what he was saying. One of the men noticed me, and asked me if I was waiting to wish the Rosh Yeshiva a good Shabbos. I wished him a good Shabbos, and also added a mazal tov. The man asked me what the mazal tov was for, and I told him about the great-grandson putting on tefillin earlier that week.
R’ Scheinberg replied to me, “Good Shabbos, and thank you. One day you should be zoche to see the same thing!”
I got home, all excited. I told my mother, “I met R’ Scheinberg, and got a bracha for long life – he said I should see my great-grandson put on tefillin!”
She replied, “Even better, your great-grandson will be frum!”October 12, 2012 1:20 am at 1:20 am #953819
There was once a bachur who was going to America, and R’ Scheinberg asked him to get him a certain type of soap for the shower. So the bachur looked for that type of soap, and he couldn’t find it, so he decided that R’ Scheinberg probably wanted to get the soap because he had a skin condition, so he got him all types of creams for the skin. He came back to Eretz isroel and told R’ Scheinberg that he got him the creams because he assumed he had a skin condition. So R’ Scheinberg replied,”No, B”H my skin is fine! But the reason why I wanted this type of soap is because I realized that this type of soap washes off a little quicker than regular soap, and the faster the soap washes off, the faster I can get back to learning!!”You see how R’ Scheinberg zt”l was machshiv even one minute of learning Torah!!October 12, 2012 1:25 am at 1:25 am #953820
There was once a bachur who came to R’ Scheinberg and said to him that since R’ Scheinberg had so many pairs of tzitzis,could he have just have one of the ravs pair! R’ Scheinberg told him to come back in another year. He came back a year later and asked him again for a pair of tzitzis. And the bachur pulled out a bag for him to put the tzitzis into. R’ Scheinberg took off a pair of tzitzis and asked the bachur, “what are you going to do with this pair??”The bachur answered, ” I will wear it on Yom Kippur!”R’ Scheinberg took off another pair of tzitzis and said, ” what are you going to do with this pair?” The bachur answered, ” I will wear it on Rosh Hashana!”R’ Scheinberg took off one more pair and said, ” and what will you do with this pair??”The bachur answered, ” I”ll take off the tzitzis I’m wearing now, and wear this pair a whole year round!
Sometime after that, the boy was driving with 4 of his friends, and the car rolled over a cliff. The other 3 boys were killed, and he was the only one living, but he was very badly injured.The paramedics came, and they started taking care of him, and they noticed, that all the the parts of his body were bleeding and very badly wounded, except for one part. The entire part where he was wearing his tzitzis (he was wearing R’ Scheinberg’s tzitzis at the time) was not even touched at all from the accident!!! AMAZING!!!October 12, 2012 1:29 am at 1:29 am #953821
A bochur learning in Beth Medrash Gevoha was once in the library, and overheard someone saying the following story (about himself). After many years trying unsuccessfully to have a child he went to Rav Scheinberg for a Brocha. Rav Scheinberg asked him to give his maaser money (I don’t remember if he said some or all) to his kollel, which this person agreed to do. Very shortly thereafter, as he put it, “the yeshua cam”e. He had a childOctober 12, 2012 1:38 am at 1:38 am #953822
Years ago I learned in the Mir. So I remember when Rosh Hashana was around the corner, the gabboim were always busy and oisek in the tremendous project of making charts with set seats for all the 100’s and 100’s of Bnei Hayeshiva, for the the Yomim Nora’im davening. And it was a project that took sometimes weeks, filled with many suggestions, requests, and somtimes even many complaints. Sometimes it was a very heated topic that easily led to loud discussions and debates. When the R”Y addressed the bochurim once by a va’ad, he brought up this subject and remarked one simple remark. Yet, it aptly discribed who he was all about.
He said, “the only advantage I have sitting up front by the ‘Mizrach Vant’ is that I have the pleasure of looking out and seeing all yourOctober 12, 2012 1:40 am at 1:40 am #953823
Told by Howard Shultz the founder of Starbucks :
When I was in Israel, I went to Mea Shearim, the ultra-Orthodox area within Jerusalem. Along with a group of businessmen I was with. I had the opportunity to have an audience with Rabbi Finkel, the head of a yeshiva there. I had never heard of him and didn’t know anything about him. We went into his study and waited ten to 15 minutes for him. Finally, the doors opened.
What we did not know was that Rabbi Finkel was severely afflicted with Parkinson’s disease. He sat down at the head of the table, and, naturally, our inclination was to look away. We didn’t want to embarrass him.
We were all looking away, and we heard this big bang on the table: “Gentlemen, look at me, and look at me right now.” Now his speech affliction was worse than his physical shaking. It was really hard to listen to him and watch him. He said, “I have only a few minutes for you because I know you’re all busy American businessmen.” You know, just a little dig there.
Then he asked, “Who can tell me what the lesson of the Holocaust is?” He called on one guy, who didn’t know what to do-it was like being called on in the fifth grade without the answer. And the guy says something benign like, “We will never, ever forget?” And the rabbi completely dismisses him. I felt terrible for the guy until I realized the rabbi was getting ready to call on someone else. All of us were sort of under the table, looking away-you know, please, not me. He did not call me. I was sweating. He called on another guy, who had such a fantastic answer: “We will never, ever again be a victim or bystander.”
The rabbi said, “You guys just don’t get it. Okay, gentlemen, let me tell you the essence of the human spirit.
“As you know, during the Holocaust, the people were transported in the worst possible, inhumane way by railcar. They thought they were going to a work camp. We all know they were going to a death camp.
“After hours and hours in this inhumane corral with no light, no bathroom, cold, they arrived at the camps. The doors were swung wide open, and they were blinded by the light. Men were separated from women, mothers from daughters, fathers from sons. They went off to the bunkers to sleep.
“As they went into the area to sleep, only one person was given a blanket for every six. The person who received the blanket, when he went to bed, had to decide, ‘Am I going to push the blanket to the five other people who did not get one, or am I going to pull it toward myself to stay warm?'”
And Rabbi Finkel says, “It was during this defining moment that we learned the power of the human spirit, because we pushed the blanket to five others.”
And with that, he stood up and said, “Take your blanket. Take it back to America and push it to five other people.”
Howard Schultz is chairman and chief global strategist of Starbucks. Schultz received the Columbia Business School’s Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics last September. This article is excerpted from his acceptance speech. Reprinted from Hermes magazine, Columbia Business School, Spring 2001. Reprinted with permission from the Yated Ne’eman.October 12, 2012 1:42 am at 1:42 am #953824
One time a talmid came to Rav Nosson Tzvi For a Brocho, with his 6 year old. The 6 year old asked the Rosh Yeshiva for a brocha. The rosh yeshiva gave the child a bracha, The Rosh Yeshiva then turned to the child and said, now it your turn to give me a brocha. The boy was too embarassed, but after a while he agreed. The boy turned too the Rosh Yeshiva and said, “the Rosh Yeshiva should grow up to be a big talmid chacham. The rosh yeshiva had a smile on his face the rest of that day.October 12, 2012 5:10 am at 5:10 am #953825
Thank you very much for these inspiring stories! Btw the one with Rav Chatzkel Levenstein was actually with Rav Yechezkel Abramsky.
When the practice of ritual slaughter was under attack in Great Britain, the famed Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky was called to court in its defense.
The judge read from the deposition which lay before him: “Rabbi Abramsky,” said the judge, “it says here that you are the foremost authority of Jewish Law in the British Empire. Is that true?”
“That is true, your honor.”
“And that you are the most eloquent spokesman for Jewish Law in the British Empire?”
“That is also true, your honor.”
“It also says here that you are the most senior rabbi in the British Empire. Is that correct?”
“That is correct, your Honor.”
Taken aback by the Rabbi’s straight-forward responses, the judge said, “Rabbi Abramsky, how do you resolve your answers with the Talmudic teachings of humility?”
“It is indeed a problem, your honor,” said the Rabbi. “But I’m under oath.”October 12, 2012 3:08 pm at 3:08 pm #953826
Thank you for the correction!
Do you have any other stories that you can please share?October 12, 2012 5:20 pm at 5:20 pm #953827Veltz MeshugenerMember
I think that stories like the ones above should be classified into different categories (Learning, davening, middow, mofsim, etc.) when they are told over. Personally, I like stories that show extraordinary character, and I like the ones that you’d hope to see from every adult less inspiring. I also don’t believe the mofsim.
Two stories (one of which is posted somewhat differently above):
R’ Moshe was hounded by someone who disagreed with something that R’ Moshe had paskened. The man went out of his way to pursue his cause against R’ Moshe. A few months after the issue subsided, another posek (I think the book said R’ Tuvia Goldstein) came to visit R’ Moshe and he saw that antagonist leaving the house. He asked R’ Moshe if the man had come to apologize, and R’ Moshe indicated that the man had not. It turned out that the man had come to ask R’ Moshe for a letter of recommendation because he was trying to find a job. R’ Moshe had written the letter. R’ Tuvia(?) expressed surprise at the man’s chutzpah, and at R’ Moshe’s acquiescence. R’ Moshe said, “The gemara says, “yeish koneh olamo b’sha’ah achas. Maybe this is to be my sha’ah achas.”
(Story was in a book by Rabbi Frand An Offer You Can’t Refuse.)
The other story is about the Satmar Rebbe z’l (R’ Yoel). A collector came to him with a terrible sob story. His wife was sick, and couldn’t deal with their special needs child. His other children were suffering as a result, and the state was threatening to place them in foster care. He himself had gone through painful medical treatments. He was desperate for help so that he could keep his family together and allow his wife to recover.
The Rebbe gave him substantially more than was his custom, and the man left. Shortly thereafter, a chosid came in proclaiming that the man was a fraud. The chosid was disappointed when he saw that he hadn’t managed to warn the Rebbe in time, but when the Rebbe heard the man was a fraud, he said, “So he didn’t have all those tzaros? Baruch Hashem!” (Specific facts were embellished.)October 14, 2012 5:10 pm at 5:10 pm #953828
When going on a fundraising trip to America, Rav Beinush Finkel, the father-in-law of the late Rosh Yeshivah of the Mir Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel would always pay for his airplane ticket, in addition any other expenses that was used for his own personal use. No one understood how he was able to afford this, because he never took a paycheck from the Yeshiva, not when he was a maggid shuir, not when he was Rosh Yeshiva, and he supported his sons-in-law to the fullest, in addition to the numerous unfortunate people who crossed his path. One time during his years as maggid shuir, his father who was the Rosh Yeshivah at the time, Hagoan Rav Lazer Yudel Finkel, son of Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, the Alter of Slodbaka, approached Rav Beinush his son, and handed a plane ticket, he said, “this time the yeshiva, pay for it. A month later, Rav Lazer Yudel approached Rav Beinush and said, “you think I didn’t notice you replaced all the money for the plane ticket in the Yeshivah’s account”?October 31, 2012 3:41 pm at 3:41 pm #953829October 31, 2012 4:02 pm at 4:02 pm #953830just my hapenceParticipant
goldersgreener – regarding your story, my chavrusa asked R’ Avrohom if it was true. The Rosh Yeshiva told him that it was not true. There is also a version of the same story about his father, R’ Leib ZTZ’L, which is also, unfortunately, a fabrication. It’s a nice story, but it never actually happened.November 1, 2012 2:47 am at 2:47 am #953831
He heard the doctor telling the Rosh Yeshiva that he has a growth in his foot that must be operated on immediately. Although the surgery would take a few hours the anesthesia would knock him out for the rest of the day.
The second story:
Once, while Rav Schach was sitting in the Bais Medrash, a man came over and whispered in his ear. Rav Schach began to cry, heartrending sobs. Later the man told the talmidim that he informed Rav Schach about a helicopter accident involving Israeli soldiers who were all killed. Rav Schach had such depth of feeling for every Jewish soul that he cried bitter tears over these soldiers he never met.
He didn’t cry over his own pain yet he cried over his fellow jews pain.
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