Who Will Live?

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  1. Shmuel says:

    It truly sounds like these were both remarkable individuals, and the description of their lives and contributions highlights what a loss we suffered with the petira of each of them.

    I have a small question regarding your description of Rabbi Fried, and it doesn’t say anything about him personally, but rather about an assumption of the writer. The essay says regarding Rabbi Fried “It never occurred to him that it might be beneath the dignity of a talmid chochom of his stature to teach beginners.”

    What is the hava amina here? Why would such holy work be beneath him? I refuse to demean actual talmidei chachamim with even a theoretical suggestion that they have base motives, but use your imagination –did X start a yeshiva to educate elite young scholars for the prestige of doing so? Did Y spend so much time answering shai’alos from near and far because to do something else would have been beneath him? Of course not, these great people did what they did because they believed that was the best way they could serve klal yisrael (which of course is part of serving the Ribono Shel Olam, and a bigger part the greater the person is).

    So if Rabbi Fried believed he was needed to teach beginners and he went ahead and did it, there is no place even for the hava amina (from the writer and readers –the article makes clear that it didn’t exist for Rabbi Fried) that it was beneath his dignity to do so.

  2. L. Oberstein says:

    The quote from the Kalusenberger Rebbe was told to me and others by the individual to whom it was addressed, Martin Mermelstein, may he be well , who lives in Baltimore. He hasn’t been in the best of health for several years but this story was told to Rabbi Frand and then to Rabbi Krohn and entered their repertoire . It is one of several stories told of the Klausenberger Rebbe immeidiately after the war, how his words and care revived lost souls.

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