Tuesday, March 9, 2010
All this talk about Rav Elyashiv and the Jerusalem Kano'im got some of the readers going here, despite me not being here as often as I should and used to. Somehow the legend of Reb Hirsh Peysakh and the death of two children of famine/malnutrition was brought up again, to prove that he was a kano'i after all, despite him being a long time member of the Rabbanut HaRashit. One reader told me privately that RHPF somehow managed to avoid the wrath of the zealots and is OK in all circles today, despite his associations. It's as if after RAYHK there was no more room in the evil category for RHP, so had no choice but to accept him. I guess the fact that he wasn't buddy-buddy with all the big frei knakkers in Israel also helps, but that shouldn't have absolved him completely, not as far as zealots are concerned. I would imagine there are still those in Israel who would not step foot in Har Tzvi on Rechov Tzefania, but we can count those people on our fingers and toes. There's no gasp of the crowd were his name be mentioned by a Darshan like it would be if RAYHK's name was brought up.
So there. Another reader, a very proud non-Lubavitcher, sent me the link to the above page. I remember referencing the sefer a while back, maybe 2 years ago, but I'm not sure if it was the same letter and I can't be bothered searching the blog to see if it was. In any case, it seems like nothing's new as far as good ol' fashioned politics - it was then as it is now. The Hungarians were the cause of all the trouble then, and some would argue that the same could be said for today's day and age, both in Israel and in the Diaspora. They were the ones that made the most noise then and put RAYHK in the dustbin of history for most Haredim. I know, I'm a self-hating Hungarian, but so what? We all have that in us a little bit. So why did I choose the picture to illustrate my point, you ask? Well, if you look closely you can see that the headline is bogus. The picture is real, and so is the paper, maybe, anyway, but the story never happened. So too, BeNiden Didan, the characters are true, but the story we were fed - myself included, I heard that story in Spinka from the kanoyim there - may not be. Add to that the fact that I was sent this picture by a very faithful reader today, the SAME day as the letter posted here, and I could not resist posting it.