Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Seems like "Maybe a Litvak" was on to something here. What we see on our screens is a copy of the famous - or infamous - שב שמעתתא printed by the VH in Munich in 1947. You might ask, "why infamous?" I guess because it was printed with VH funds that could have gone towards other things, like resettling Jews. Ok, strike that last sentence from the record. I'm not sure how many people were learning ShShm in Munich 1947, but I digress. Anyway, whether or not they were learning it in the DP camps pales in comparison to the dedication on the inside. Not only do they dub the Kletzker Rosh Yeshivah just as the author of the Sh Shm was called, i.e. "גאון הגאונים," But they also go as far as anointing him as the the נשיא ישראל and Captain of the Jewish nation way back in 1947! Very telling words, indeed, especially since we still had the CI, the BR and many, many others at that time, despite the passing of RCE, RBB, RSS and REW. To go out on a limb and name him like they do is very telling indeed, despite the bias of the VH, publishers of the sefer.
Truth be told Chabad also printed seforim for the pleytim in Germany after WW2, so attacking the VH may be unfair. After all, people that are there for several years need seforim and other Tashmishei Kedusha. But we CAN discuss the Hakdosheh, right? Do we think that the opinions expressed therein represent those of the majority of Jews at that time? After all, if he's to be called by that name then wouldn't he need to be the accepted leader of at least all frum Jews? That's the kind of complaint we often hear from Chabad's adversaries when Lubavitch dares to refer to the Rebbe as Nesi Doreinu or such. We can agree on RAK's genius, and we can even agree that he was a genius amongst geniuses, but isn't the title here a little bit of a stretch in 1947? Can we agree then that others are just as guilty of such "offenses," but since they're at the helm that they get away with it? This looks to me sort of like a KeHoT sefer writing that on the Rebbe, wouldn't you say?