Friday, December 10, 2010
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I apologize in advance if some people get into a moroh shchoyreh funk when we discuss the Holocaust and deceased grandprents and such, ober s'doch a b'feyrushen posuk of Zchor Yemos Olam. And even more so, stories like the one featured here, a reprint from last Elul's HaMevaser newspaper published in Eretz Yisroel, teach us how to deal with adversity and tragedy. Many of you may have watched the Levaya of the couple Holtzberg Hy"d in Kfar Chabad, where lots of people had "kashes affen eyberhstun," and you may have been shocked, surprised, uncomfortable or all of the above. You had never, ever heard such talk before. Everytime you heard about a tragedy the people involved, no matter how simple or unlearned, always spoke so trustfully, and accepted their lot with love, because that was the will of Hashem. Frankly, either people are complete Tzaddikim - and Hashem only punished the righteous because they can handle it - or they don't associate tragedy with G-d, meaning they don't see it as the hand of Hashem , or they just don't care. If tragedies only happen to Tzaddikim and their families then I accept your complaints, and maybe that's why we see others saying it, not the actual people affected by it, like maspidim and commenters on websites. There's no other explanation. Pain like that NEEDS to be accompanied by crying out and asking "WHY?" And until now, if you were raised on the Hamodia,Yated, the JO, Feldheim and Artscroll you thought that any other way was heresy, but now you now better, because the Tzig showed you a befeyrushen mayseh rav of the Ponovizher Rov, zt"l. The true Rachmonus is af unz, down in the ditches on this lowly world. Yet the Ponovizher Rov built Torah and fed yesomim, despite his pain and suffering, which only makes it more amazing, seeing what emotions he had inside of him.
As a bonus, we present Reb Shlomo Zalman's tefilloh composed after the massacres at Hebron, 5689
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