Thursday, May 18, 2006

Yes! We do have Gedolim!

Another fine blog, Yeshiva World, has a post that the Gerrer Rebbe and R' Shteinman had to some extent cancel their trip to Montreal due to protests from certain factions of Netura Karta and/or Satmar. This is definitely upsetting, to all those who were looking forward to see these great Gedolim. I may in the future write a post about the mindset of these factions. For more details about this issue, see Yeshiva worlds blog.

My reason for mentioning this, is because of a comment in Hebrew I saw on YW's blog. I will try my best to translate the main context of the comment.

"When the Gerrer Rebbe was made aware that there will be protests, he immediately decided to cancel the visit. When the organizers heard that the visit was canceled, they turned to R' Yakkov Yitzchok Neiman, one of the elder & respected Rabbonim in Montreal to intercede with the Gerrer Rebbe not to cancel the visit.

R' Neiman argued to the Rebbe, if you don't come, then we have allowed those minor factions to succeed, and it will only strengthen them to continue causing us similiar hardships.

Answered the Holy Gerrer Rebbe:

"If we do come, and they come out in protest, which we cannot stop them since they have a permit to do so, surely this will create friction between us and them, and the news reporters will have a field day with it. This will lead to a Chilul Hashem.

Said the Holy Rebbe:

"WE ARE HERE FOR THE PURPOSE TO BRING KIDDUSH HASHEM, NOT TO CREATE CHILUL HASHEM."

The Rebbe was well aware that Montreal would be heavily disappointed is he wouldn't come. Yet, rather disappoint them all and not create a Chillul Hashem.

NOW TELL ME THAT THERE ARE NO GEDOLIM TODAY.

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