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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

HaRav Shach's Hakaras HaTov

HaRav Shach zt"l's son-in-law, HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman, related the following about HaRav Shach in a Hesped he delivered during the Shiva:

When R' Isser Zalman Meltzer zt"l passed away and was buried on Har HaMenuchos, that section where the Gedolim are buried was still empty. R' Isser Zalman was among the first to buried there, and HaRav Shach, whose soul clung to that of R' Isser Zalman, expressed a desire to be buried there, not far from his Rebbe (and uncle), and he went ahead and bought a plot near R' Isser Zalman's.

Some years later, R' Yitzchak Epstein zt"l passed away when he was still young. He was a Dayyan on the Tel Aviv Beis Din and had a close relationship with R' Isser Zalman. At that time there was no longer an open plot in that section. HaRav Shach felt a sense of gratitude toward R' Yitzchak Epstein, because when HaRav Shach came to Eretz Yisrael (8 Teves, 5701), R' Yitzchak came, sent by R' Isser Zalman, to pick him up from Rosh HaNikra (on the northern border with Lebanon) to bring him to Yerushalayim. HaRav Shach gave up the plot near R' Isser Zalman, which he had purchased, and said that R' Yitzchak should be buried there.

Wow.

Next time someone picks me up from the airport, I'll try to keep that in mind.

14 Comments:

Blogger Jak Black said...

Wow is right. That story is mind boggling.

4:23 AM  
Blogger Outoftown said...

That is a beautiful story. I also have a strong affinity toward R' Isser Zalman Meltzer. Everything I hear about him makes me realize what a gadol he was.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Bari said...

R' Isser Zalman was one of the most special people to ever walk the planet. A certain important Rosh Yeshiva once visited him for the first time, and when he left, he had a Challishus HaDaas (something like a feeling of depression), when he realized that he could only hope to reach R' Isser Zalman's level of refinement of Middos.

11:36 AM  
Blogger chardal said...

bari,

Why don't you write about Rav Isser Zalman's view of the state, zionism, the fighting underground, and his relationship with Rav Kook zt"l?

1:30 PM  
Blogger Bari said...

That's what your blog is for :)

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is rhere any way I arrange to give you a ride from the airport?Seriously does anyone know tha mekor for the saying "Haposach deles l'chavoro nafshi chiuv lo"?

4:54 PM  
Anonymous daat y said...

beautiful story.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous yehuda said...

Anon-I don't have a mekor for you but(1)I've seen it twice in the OUs daf hakasrus as first hand quote from Rav Moordechai Scwab(2)The version there is h'posach PESECH l'chvoro nofshi chiyuv lo.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Bari said...

I also did some fishing around. Couldn't find it.

7:20 PM  
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