Rosh Yeshivas Ponevezh HaGaon HaRav Baruch Dov Povarsky spoke about the Meron tragedy before his shiur on Sunday and broke down into bitter tears.
“Before the shiur, I want to tell you some of the thoughts of my heart,” the Rosh Yeshivah said. “I almost didn’t sleep at all last night. I was plagued by the thought that right now on Rechov HaRav Hirsch 4, the father and mother are crying [the home of the Ben-Shalom family, who lost their son Moshe, z’l, a talmid of Ponevezh). Did they sleep? I couldn’t sleep. Finally, at 4 a.m., I got up and sat by the table to prepare today’s shiur.”
“I was in yeshivah on Leil Shabbos and everyone passed by to say Good Shabbos. I don’t know if you felt it but I felt down. I couldn’t manage to be happy. I’m a small person. They say that the Saba Reb Yerucham had an illuminated face on Shabbos, that was his koach. But I’m not like Reb Yerucham.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)