From Circus tent
Zalminu Wienberg, the holy Tolner Rebbe's brother, writes a
Mussar vort his brother heard the the Beis Yisroel give,
based on Rav Kook as a role model.
Din's Loose translation:
I will bring a story that I heard from my dear brother Harav Hachasid R' Leibel, may his light shine.
Great story especially during these days of "Bein Hamzarim"
The Rebbe The Bais Yisroel z"l (Gerer Rebbe) would invite people to kiddush and to the meals and he would tell them short divrei Torah.
My brother would then write these Torahs down.
One shabbos the Bais Yisroel told a story about an individual that was a kanaie, a fanatic , who interrupted a drasha of Harav Kook with hateful words against Rav Kook and managed to embarrass him in public .....
Rav Kook took out his handkerchief, mopped his face and continued his drasha as if nothing happened!
A couple of weeks after this incident, Rav Kook distributed Money for the poor so they would be able to buy Matzos for Pesach.
The gabbai of Rav Kook, Harav Yitzchok Duvid Shuschland noticed that Rav Kook added the Fanatics name to the list of those who would get funds.
Rav Shuschland told Rav Kook that no way would he go to this fanatic to give him money for they way he spoke to Harav Kook .... "and even if Rav Kook was to forgive this guy personally, it wouldn't be enough, since kavod ha"torah was breached and that can never be forgiven! "
Rav Kook told the gabbai, "if you won't go, I will go there myself ...."
With no choice that gabbai, with a heavy heart took the funds to the fanatic!
When the gabbai returned from his mission, Rav Kook told him that it is written that the Bais Hamikdash was destroyed because of Sinas Chinum, and the remedy to that is Ahavas Chinum...
So how can one achieve the attribute of Ahavas Chinum?
Aren't we commanded to love every single Jew... so how can that be Ahavas Chinum if we are commanded to love?
The only way to achieve this is if you have a situation where there is good reason to hate someone, for example, when one embarrasses you in public ....and you manage to overcome that hate and actually love him, then that's Ahavas Chinum!
The Bais Yisroel ended this story saying that it's really a nice story to relate, but which individual can actually put this to practice ...... only Harav Kook z"l!
Signed Shlomo Zalminah Weinberg