Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Shlita, a son of the late Rishon L’Tzion Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu ZT”L spoke with the media three days after the petira, explaining that in the first days of shiva he heard many stories, delivers first hand, revealing secrets that even he never new.
The rav adds that many asked if R’ Mordechai could possibly have led us into the Geula, Moshiach Ben David, to which Rav Shmuel responded that many prominent Rabbonim Shlita and Mekubalim Shlita told him that yes, this was the case, but he stressed “this is not what is important”. This isn’t the point. The point is Am Yisrael lost Abba”. Rav Shmuel made his remarks in an interview on Kol Chai Radio with Rabbi Shmuel Ben-Atar.
The rav stated that he literally heard thousands of stories during the first three days, adding “take the biggest ‘kofer’ and place him in the room where we are sitting shiva for a half hour and he will emerge a believer”.
“He was not conscious for the hours preceding his petira, two to three hours, but just before his petira, his eyes opened and it was evident that he was staring at a very distant tranquil place, at ease, and I understood this was a special moment”.
An azkara is scheduled for next week, in Rav Mordechai’s Beis Medrash, Heichal Yaakov, 17 Reiness Street in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood of the capital. The rav asked that all those who felt like the Rav’s son to make an azkara too, explaining the children will be doing so for the end of shiva, end of shloshim and for the first yahrzeit, as other should do as well.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)