Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Story told by Rav Shach zt"l


ממשה עד משה לא קם עוד כמשה                           
Since Moshe Rabeinu brought down the Torah, Never in history  has there been a person who  together with his Mishpocho supported and benefited so many Lomdei Torah and funded so many Mosdos Hatorah, as Reb Moshe Yosef Reichmann zt”l . יהי זכרו ברוך
יום השנה כ"א מרחשון

Reb Baruch Ber Zeldovich together with his brother in law & business partner R.Ber Pinnes were one of the greatest Ba’alei Tzedaka in Russia during the 19th century.They supported most Yeshivos & Mosdos Hachesed in Russia.
Reb Chaim Soloveitchik zt"l once came to Minsk to collect funds for the Volozhiner Yeshiva, which was in a desperate financial situation. Reb Baruch Ber donated the full amount the Yeshiva needed. Being that his partner -R' Ber was out of town, so R. Baruch Ber took the whole sum from his own personal account.

When Reb Ber Pinnes returned, he claimed that he had been a partner with R. Baruch in every venture for many years, and therefore, the saving of the Volozhin yeshiva was an investment that he was entitled to buy into equally with R.Baruch. This argument  ended  at a  Din Torah. (The outcome of the Din Torah is unknown.)

Once a bribe was needed for an anti-Semitic minister in the government . R. Baruch Ber  donated 30,000 Rubles for the cause and risked  himself by being the one who handed the money (bribe) personally to the minister.
Years later R.Baruch Ber became a Yored Minechosov. He lost all his money.
When it was asked from R.Chaim Soloveitchik “ How is it possible for such a great Ba’al Tzedakah to lose his money?” R. Chaim answered with a Moshol.
A father who sent away his son to university  to study at  a specific faculty . After the son  successfully completed the course, his father  sent him to a different department to study a new & different  course. 
So too, explained R. Chaim, When a person successfully completes his mission in life with flying colours
and accomplishes it in fewer years than expected from him, then HKBH gives him a new mission to fulfill. R. Baruch Ber’s new mission was to serve Hashem as a none Gvir.

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