Tuesday, August 15, 2006
A Tale of Two Yohrtzeits
Reb Chaim Brisker zt"l, in 5678, Warsaw
The Belzer Rov zt"l in 5717, ירושלים,
Reb Chaim and the Belzer Rov could not be more far apart as far as personalities go; yet they share the same Yohrtzeit. Can we find common a denominator between the two?
I doubt Reb Chaim's kever was ever frequented much, at least not by his family, even when they lived in Europe, simply because it wasn't done in Litvishe circles. In Today's day and age there would be an עלי' לקבר every year if he was buried in Eretz Yisroel. He was nifar in Otwock, Poland and was buried in Warsaw, although there was a Din Torah (IIRC) between the peoples of Warsaw and Brisk, with both wanting the Tzaddik to rest in their midst. The Warsawers won.
The Belzer Rov's ציון on הר המנוחות is a place where thousands flock to have the great Tzaddik beseech Hashem for them, just as was done in his lifetime. His love for every Yid was legendary, and he could see only good in every Yid, no matter his level of religious observance.
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