Monday, June 12, 2017

נפטר געווארען דער שריד לדור דעה - הגאון הגדול ר' פישל הערשקאוויטש זצ"ל


















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I spoke to a friend who spent time with Reb Fishele as a bochur. The man's father knew RFH from the Old Country. He always spoke very highly of him. I was the one who informed him on Motzoei Shabbos of the passing.  His first words were: He was a Yid who never stopped bemoaning the fact that chibas Eretz Yisroel was torn from the fiber of Haredi society. then he went on to more traditional statements, like the fact that he knew all Sifrei Shu"T. Big gaon in Kabbalah as well. That he worked on all 40 Sifrei Rishonim that were published by the late Rabbi Chaim Moshe HaCohen Blau. Then he made a statement that most of you would not be כלים for, so I won't repeat it. I found it very telling. That a traditional Chassidic talmid chochom gaon of major proportions was to be remembered like that, first and foremost. I guess we know why that happened. As a former talmid of his son in Spinka Cheder I suppose I benefited from him as well. At least via kli sheni.

I suppose I should post this slready. It's been weeks. I can always add on later.

11 comments:

Lazer said...

From you header it seems like you are saying that his Petirah was long overdue.. Maybe consider changing.

fish kup said...


Rumor has it that in his early days in Brooklyn reb fishel walked in the satmar shul on Bedford ave and gave shulem alecim to the SR, he asked him what is your occupation? he answered I'm learning! the SR (not knowing him from before) told him but you must find some work to sustain yourself, with that we lost rebbe fishel.

Anonymous said...

Your friend sounds like a shvuntz when he says knows all siphrei Shut. Weird phrase. Clearly an unlearned fellow.

M Knobloch said...

"From you header it seems like"
noting is in the header that seems so...

J.P. said...


why is it weired he was indeed an exceptional Talmud chucham, (he received the "hoyrua" from the kapisher ruv), and his "bemoaning the fact that chibas Eretz Yisroel was torn from the fiber of Haredi society." is correct to in my eyes, if I look back to what it was only here in America.

Anonymous said...

It is a weird shprach. I don't doubt that he was big TC. But the use of that phrase denotes amaratzus. Sorry.

Dovid said...

"Anonymous Anonymous said...Your friend sounds like a shvuntz when he says knows all siphrei Shut. Weird phrase. Clearly an unlearned fellow."

Sorry the only unlearned fellow is you. He knew almost all SHU"T that were published. Rav Fishel was one of a kind.

שעפטיל כהן said...

: זענט איהר צי דעם אויך א "כלי" כ'האב דאס יעצט גילעזט

ר' אהרן ט"ב שליט"א האלט אז זיין זיידעס יארצייט דער אהבת ישראל זצוקל איז א׳ סיון ווייל דער אהבת ישראל איז אוועק בין השמשות און לויט סאטמאר און מהר״א איז עס געוועהן א טאג פריער, בשעת ווען גאנץ ״בית וויזניץ״ אריינגערעכענט זיין שווער און זיין זיידע ר׳ חיים מאירל ז"ל האלטן ב׳ סיון, אמאל האט ער געזאגט פאר א צווייטע אדמור ביי א באזוך-ברבים ״איך בין דער איינציגסטער אייניקל וואס האלט די ריכטיגע יארצייט פונעם אהבת ישראל״.. איו שוין

Anonymous said...

Now you sound even more ignorant.

Anonymous said...

Reb fishele was a giant knew kol hatoreh kiloh sitting in his dalet amos wasn't looking for kavod, and those living in Williamsburg who had no contact with him is their loss

smart aleck said...

"with that we lost rebbe fishel."

Not quite, rebbe fishel lived two houses down from the SR, he had an exceptional library of seforim and the SR used to send over borrowing some rare seforim. he was a card carrying 'librarian' of reb fishels library so to speak.