Hagaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein After Terror Attack: “Perhaps Now That Reb Chaim Was Niftar, We Are Lacking Zechusim”

HaRav HaGaon Gershon Edelstein (Motty Green)

HaRav Gershon Edelstein shlit”a, spoke about the horrific terror attack in Bnei Brak on Tuesday night.

“Yidden have been killed, one of them a talmid chochom,” Rav Gershon said with great sadness. “How did this suddenly happen? Perhaps now that HaRav Chaim Kanievsky zt”l was niftar we are lacking zchusim.”

“What must we do? We must strengthen ourselves in three area,” the gadol hador continued. “The world stands on three things: Torah, avodah, and gemilus chasadim. Every yid, no matter who they are or what they do, must strengthen themselves in these areas.”

“As much as you can, learn more Torah, obtain more yiras shamayim, work on your middos, and learn sifrei mussar,” Rav Gershon said.

The rosh yeshiva added, “the gemara says ‘chashuv at l’atfusei adra’ – an adam choshuv is zoche to bring zchusim to all of klal yisroel.”

“When we saw the middah of din amongst tzadikim, it increases yiras shamayim amongst the tzibbur. Tzadikim accept upon themselves the sins and transgressions of the generation, in order to give the entire generation zchusim.”

“HaRav Chaim’s chashivus allowed him to be ‘atfusei adra’ – it allowed him to be help the entire generation of klal yisroel,” Rav Gershon said.

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  1. What Rav Gershon Edelstein said is the real truth.
    I thought of something that perhaps we can add.
    During the days of King Achav, when the Jewish nation went into battle, they won all the wars. Not even one Jewish person got hurt.
    The Midrash says that during the days of Achav, the Jewish nation were at peace with one another. No Lashon Harah, no fighting, no hurting the other guy behind his back, no embarrassing the other fellow, always judging favorably, giving people the benefit of the doubt all the time. God says “what a beautiful nation”,”no one no one will ever hurt them”.

  2. While I applaud Rav Gershon’s words, I believe we have earned all the zchusim we could ever have, in the last 80 years alone. HaRav Chaim zt”l certainly guided us and led us, and as a result we know what to do. I couldn’t agree more with Avraham, the divisiveness and sinah that we witness every day….and YWN contributes somewhat by allowing hateful anti-Chareidi, anti-Chabad, anti-Dati Leumi etc etc etc posts and comments. We can negatively comment on behaviors but we shouldn’t ascribe them to entire groups. I wish we could all just get along.

  3. to ” unommin” you listened to the hespedim….now Absorb what you heard . if you and everyone will take one even a fraction of R Chaim ZTL Hasmodoh – love for every jew no matter his religious standing or shape of hat etc . then ” YOUR ” zechus will help protect .. go and stand up to the task….