R. Nosson Tzvi Finkel zt”l

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  1. Michoel says:

    re the difficulty in hearing Rav Nosson Tzvi speak…

    One of the most moving experiences of learning in Mir was always the kaddish at the end of shacharis and maariv. The minhag in Eretz Yisroel is to repeat Barchu at the end of davening. The Rosh Yeshiva always said that kaddish. My makom kavua was way up in one of the azaros nashim. Rav Nosson Tzvi was barely audible when you were in the same room. When he said that kaddish he somehow raised up his voice by b’agala uvizman kariv v’imru AMEN. And then again by barchu es HASHEM h’movorach. You could hear clearly from the “bleacher seats”. The response of the tzibbur was of course very powerful.

    Oy. His exertion for a barchu was more than many put into a years’ worth of davening.

    Another small point… I have heard it said, before the petira and even after, that perhaps the Mir is big yoser m’dai (too big for many talmidim to have a proper kesher with a rebbi and to really shteig). It just is not so. Learning in Mir is simply an immersion in Torah. To not be effected would be like swimming in pickle juice and coming out smell free. And the reason it is like that is because of the Rosh Yeshiva. And there are many, many rebbeim and chaburos that one can be part of.

    Mir is certainly the most diverse makom Torah in the world. There are authentic Yerushalaymers, modern mischaskim (many of whom, to their credit, do not seem to be in a rush to change their dress or haircuts), every sort of ethnicity and nationality. It is something very special. The Rosh Yeshiva never spoke about politics. He was pure ahavas Yisroel and ahavas Torah and that is why so many different types of Jews wanted to be near him.

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