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Monday, March 28, 2016

The Gerer Rebbe, the Bais Yisroel respected Harav Kook z"l


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


8 comments:

Sam Kay said...

We have letters from many Gedolim like The Brisker Rov & The Chazon Ish addressing Harav Kook with the greatest awe & decorum ... HaRav Kook was a giant in learning, yiras shomayim & midos ...

Sam Kay said...

Rav Yosef Chaim Sonenfeld & Harav Kook used to travel together to Kibutzim to bring Jews closer to The Torah ... in Kibutz Deganya Harav Kook was the Sandak & Harav Sonenfeld was the Mohel for non other than Moshe Dayan ...

Anonymous said...

Harav Kook Z'L was respected by all of Kllal yisroel even by the ones who ideologically were not on the same page, Reb Shlomo Zalman Aurbach z"l considered him his Rebbe and even had his picture hanging in his succah,Harav Kook was the mesader kidushin by the wedding of Hara Eliyashev, the only ones who did not respect him were the criminally insane gangsters of the Aida Hachreidis and the Roumanian gypsy jew hating KAPO bastards of Satmar,these vile AMOLEIKIM jew haters whenever they mention his name add on Yemach Shemo.

Sam Kay said...

Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach was approached by his Talmidim bein hazmanim that they intend to go to Tzefat for Kivrei Tzadikim ... Rav Shlomo Zalman replied that "I have Kivrei Tzadikim a few minutes away at Har Herzl, the soldiers that gave their lives for Kidush Hashem are my Kivrei Tzadikim" ...

Anonymous said...

The Gerrer Rebbe,Rav Avrohom Mordechai Alter Z"L has this to say about Eretz Yisroel, as quoted by Rav Teichtal H"Y"D in Eim Habonim Semeicha ( Get the English translation by R' Moshe Lichtman... distributed by Lambda Books, Crown Heights...718-972-5449... No, I don't own any stock in this co.):

...The mitzvah of Yishuv EY.....does not depend on specific time, only on capabilities and opportunites...The more frum Jews will ascend to EY, the greater their influence will be....In this way ,orthodox Judaism's influence will grow and the settlement of the Holy Land will be founded on the spirit of our holy written & oral Torah.....

So there we see a call from one of the gedolim to make Aliyah, but alas, few did... but many, many criticize today, howl & curse, scream and demonstrate.....Hey..!!! You had your chance to shape EY in your mold... You still can, but your nice home in BP, Shmonsy, 5 Clowns , Peeneck, Kiryas d'K"ok this town, Kiryas d'K"ok that village... blah, blah.. means more to us.... You in EY or Meah Shearim,instead of cursing and call on your buddies here in Galut to make Aliya,,,
As Ben Gurion told R' Aron Bentzion Shurin, writer of Torah in the old Yiddish Forvertz ... Zullen zei kumen du, und tunn vos zei villin... Ver lust zei nit..?? ( Let them {the critics} move here and change the system, who's stopping them...)

Rabbosai..!! There were many Gedolim who were religious Zionists but unless and until you research and read on your own, you won't find them anywhere... That's what I do all the time... What?... I'm going to find these in a Judaica store??? A Nechtiggen Tugg..!!! They're stocking their shelves with either parve, nisht-ich-shtink-nisht-ich-shmeck book'alech about EY, or outright slander & propaganda against it... There's a particular book which gives a very slanted and false history of a certain event vis-a-vis the Holocaust & EY... I've seen this garbage book on the shelves in a Judaica Seforim store and it's just being reprinted, and reprinted, and reprinted to poison the minds of the new generation.... Cholera.... What's a book like this doing next to sifrei kodesh on the shelf???

So let me throw in an Orach Chaim Hakadosh, also from Eim Habanim Semeicha, regarding the Land and how it must be WORKED... Yes, work..

1 ) To come into the Land, as Chazal say " Anyone can force others to ascend to EY"

2) To plant all types of food trees in order to ENHANCE the Land..

3) To keep the laws of Orlah..

May Harav Kook Z"TL be remembered forever and ever... Zechuto Yagein Aleinu...

the Derby....

Hirshel Tzig - הירשל ציג said...

I seem to remember seeing this somewhere recently. Was it on Circus Tent?

therapydoc said...

So this is a great story, senseless love the antidote to hate, which makes no sense in the big picture, but to the hater thinks it logical. I can use the story in my work, and mostly work with people who aren't Jewish. Found this blog via a Facebook link to the post about the Rabbi praying at the border of Gaza. Thanks for writing. No other way I could I have known that.

Gerrorist said...

You are trying to convince Satmar? Agudah shita is also kefira to them