Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Reb Chaim - שלשים שנה
(From an anonymous donor)
Story On Matzav
Reb Chaim Shmulevitz was different. It wasn't about him or his aspirations, it was about teaching and about Torah and about instilling Midos Tovos in those who would hear what he has to say. He was old school in the sense that he never picked up the Brisker - or whatever you call it - shtick that others did, maybe only because it was just becoming in style, but I doubt that. They say it was partly due to his being an eynikel of the Alter of Novardok that he had such a unique approach, almost Chassidic in nature as compared to some of the others. His shmuessen were warm and kind, and I believe that's why you hear "love" just as much as awe and respect from his talmidim to him when they reminisce about Reb Chaim.I don't pretend to be a mayven on Reb Chaim, or on any other Torah personality. As a Lubavitcher I can appreciate his tremendous devotion to learning and building Torah. I can appreciate his style despite the general chassidic approach to "misnagdim," because he seems so warm and genuine, as opposed to some of the others. There was some good reading this weekend in the Jewish newspapers and magazines, with the writers coming from all sides of the spectrum. That tells us a lot about a man. His choice of Reb Nochum as Son in law also does... There used to be a nice site where you could hear shiurim and shmuessen, I can't find it online. Anybody know what happened to it?
(Reb Chaim in Shanghai, second from right)