Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Untouched by human hands
In the latest issue there are Zichronos from Reb Mendel Novikov, a Chossid who passed away in Eretz Yisroel in 5703.
He writes: In 5699 Reb Levik Schneerson (later of) Yekatrinoslav stayed with me at one אכסניא in Lubavitch for Yom Tov (Shavuous). He ate the Yom Tov meals at the Rebbe's house. upon his return he told me that he had asked the Rebbe when was the Yohrtzeit of the Baal Shem Tov? The Rebbe replied on the first day of YomTov.
Reb Levik proceeded to ask "If so, then according to Halacha Goyim would need to be the ones to dig the grave, boil the water, and do all other neccessary work. Can we say that the holy Baal Shem Tov was buried by Goyim?" The Rebbe replied: "הבעש"ט לא הי' נצרך לשום התעסקות וממילא מובן שלא התעסקו בו שום אנשים רק... וד"ל
The Baal Shem Tov was buried by....
Do other groups that have the mesorah as it being on Yom Tov Sheni also mention this?
Do they believe this?
Is this why they say that he was Niftar on Yom Tov Sheni, so as not to be compelled to say that he wasn't buried by humans?