Monday, August 6, 2007
50 years since the Belzer Rov zt"l
The late Belzer Rov (Yohrtzeit 21 Av) was probably the last of the "undisputed Tzaddikim." By that I mean that even the biggest Misnagdishe Mechutzef wouldn't dare open his mouth against him, and even the Satmar Rov, who had no problem disagreeing with Rishonim, very much wanted to win over the BR when it came to setting policy regarding the Charedi approach to the Government in Israel. It didn't bother him what the Roshei Yeshivah and other Rebbes at the time decided, it was the BR that was the stickler for him. He traveled to the Holy Land to try and change the BR's mind, but to no avail. He considered his trip as a failure of sorts, since that was ultimately the goal of the visit, the visits with Chassidim and the Droshos against voting in the elections were secondary.
What was there to dispute you may ask? According to me nothing at all, but some of the "defenders of the faith" in the Yeshivisher world surely would've had a problem - KeVayochol - with many of his Hanhogos. Yet, for some reason they dared not open their mouths, at least not publicly. It may depress some of you that we've lived for fifty years without a replacement of that stature, and we'll live for another fifty for sure without seeing another one. But look at the bright side; it can only mean one thing: Moshiach will either come very soon, or the world will come to it's end. Either way we'll go to a better place.