Monday, May 1, 2006
יארצייט ג' אייר
הרב חיים מרדכי אייזיק חדקוב ז"ל
13 Years since his passing.
I remember learning in Eretz Yisroel at the time and opening the Kfar Chabad magazine the following Friday, reading about his passing came as a shock.
(in Riga seated second from left)
I never was involved in the Shlichus system so I never had reason to "complain" about him. I saw him as an awe-inspiring (sorry if that's over the top) figure who was always at his side and yet completely בטל to the Rebbe.
An anectode worth telling is when he once fainted in 770 the thing that worried him when he was revived was not his own well-being, but rather Halochoh. His words were "אפשר זאלען די כהנים ארויסגיין?"
(at the Tziyun of the FR on 10 Shvat 5711)
Here's something he wrote in Tishrei 5702 (1942)
"מההנהגה של הרמ"ש [= כ"ק אדמו"ר] אשר הי' מוכן לפניו [...] איזה ספר (בודאי הכין בכונה) לעיין בו משפסע פסיעותיו אחר שמו"ע עד התחלת חזרת הש"ץ. למדתי עד כמה שנחוץ ליקר את הזמן".
Some of his early writings were published in the Orthodox journal "Der Shabbos" in Riga in the late 20's and 30's, and were reprinted by KeHoT in 5740.
(with the Rebbe at a Chupah)