Sunday, July 22, 2007
Nit eich meint men
Regarding Circus Tent: One Sunday in Sivan;
Rav Tzvi Kahana was an Alter Mirrer who later moved to Eretz Yisroel and started his own Yeshivah. It seems like it is a sort of unique Yeshivah, in that it seems to have all types of students there, from modern "Mizrachi" to "Meah Shearim" types. He passed away in 5756. He seemingly didn't buy into the Misnaged gibberish he was hearing in Bnei Beraq at the end of the 5740's about the Rebbe and Lubavitch, but some of the supposed Taynes bothered him, so he decided he'll go ask the Rebbe himself. I guess he was in New York anyway, since he had his wife - the daughter of Harav Yitzchok Arieli - with him, and I don't think he would come antagonize the Rebbe with his Rebbetzin at his side.
So, we can imagine his surprise when the Rebbe "as if" let loose on him, and gave him "in Tatten's arein"as if he were public enemy No. 1. After all, he really wanted to know what the story was, and he never really got a straight answer. But I imagine that had Reb Zvi a trop seichel, which he seemingly did, he would've known that the Rebbe didn't mean him. He knew that the message would get back to the elements in Bene Beraq, and he wanted them to hear him without addressing them directly. The point here was not defending the position of Lubavitch re; Sukkah, because that's really not the gripe they have with Lubavitch. Other Chassidishe Minhogim, often times Heypech Shulchan Aruch bother nobody. The fact that they had no problem with "any other Rebbe" just goes to show you how they sat there like Tattelech listening at the Moetzes meetings, and shaking their heads in unison when the Roshei Yeshivah decided something.
The problem for them was the Rebbe, a thorn in their collective sides, and nothing he could say or do would make him find favor in their eyes, unless he sat quietly and became one of the "Yes-Men." Not the first "thorn" but the seventh for some of them, but the greatest of them all. Now they finally had good reason for the 200-plus years. Of course, one could not just point fingers at him without "good reason," so they sat and scrutinized all that he said and did, and they found plenty of "proof" for their stance, including quotes from "Gedolim." So you see Rabbi Kahana, "Nit eich meint men," you're only the messenger.