Friday, September 18, 2020

He couldn't stop crying


לז"נ ר' יצחק עמרם אליהו בן ר' אברהם אשי
הלך לעולמו ביום ב' דראש השנה


A holocaust survivor asked R. Itzikel zt"l (Antwerp). 

"We say in the Avinu Malkeinu "הרוגים על שם קדשיך
and - טבוחים על יחודיך.
Why two Leshonos, Sheim Kodshecha and Yichudecha?
R. Itzikel was stumped and had no answer.
The holocaust  survivor said "let me give the rebbe the
answer I heard from the Viyapoiler Rebbe Zt"l
When the Nazis Ym"s marched into the town, they
assembled 100 men and lined them up in front of the river.
The Nazi with a machine gun started shooting from the right side and then pointed his gun towards the left until he killed all the men.
When the shooting began, all men started in unison to say the שמע ישראל.
The men on the right were gunned down & died when they reached the words ה' אלוקינוThey did not manage to finish the end of the Posuk. They were the  (הרוגים על שם קדשיך (ה' אלוקינו
The men on the left managed to stay alive for the
extra second to complete the Posuk & say ה' אחד
They were the   (טבוחים על יחודיך (אחד

R. Itzikel zt"l couldn't stop crying after hearing this
very moving Pshat.

I heard this story from R. Menachem Hasenfeld Shlita and
verified it from the Holocaust survivor's son R Chaim Kurtz.

 כתיבה וחתימה טובה וכט"ס

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