Monday, May 3, 2021

Chasam Sofer


Why the tragedy* happened? - הילולא דרשב"י

In the"ספרים, "תורת משה", ו"דרשות  חתם סופר it's printed the הספד
the Chasam Sofer held for the thousands of Yidden killed
during the earthquake of the year 5597 in the Galil.

The Chasam Sofer mentions a letter he received from
the (פאת השלחן (ר' ישראל משקלוב זצ"ל claiming the reason for
the earthquake was because of the שנאת חינם among the 
three groups of Yidden living there (חסידים פרושים ספרדים)

The Chasam Sofer, based on the Midrash, added another
reason. He claimed the earthquake came as revenge of
the city of Yerushalayim being forsaken and abandoned. 

Most Yidden at that time lived in the Galil and left
Yerushalayim abandoned.
They went to Meron to the הילולא דרשב"י
instead of being עולה רגל to Yerushalayim.

*Earthquake of 1837



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