Trapped Inside This Wood
I realize the subject of this posting might just be another cockamamie idea. It has been lodged in my brain for months and this posting is an attempt to dislodge it.
Ok, so here it is:
I would like to obtain some wooden boards cut from trees in Sudilkov so that I can have a carpenter make a small table-top shtender, wooden esrog box, and challah board for me. I am not trying to say that the trees and soil of Sudilkov have a kedusha that surpasses that of Eretz Yisroel. Chas v'shalom! A wooden shtender, esrog box, or challah board from Eretz Yisroel has an intrinsic kedusha a trillion times greater than that of the blood-soaked soil of Ukraine. Nevertheless, there is still something that appeals to me about using such an item, which would uplift the sparks that are trapped inside this wood.
Perhaps I am a just a hopeless dreamer who perpetually romanticizes this shtetl whose golden era has long since past. The Mishnah in Keilim 1:6 tells me that the pinnacle of kedusha is found in Eretz Yisroel, and yet I still cannot drag my mind out of Eastern Europe…
Space Cadet comments:
Rebbe Nachman says that we are kovesh the ground of chutz la'aretz when we make a rikkud upon it. Maybe your desire to have a shtender made from the wood of Sudilkov, the town of your heiliger zeides, is a bechinah of this. After all, you're going to put your Siddur on this wood and daven with it -- in a spirit of "gilah bir'adah," as the Gemora says. Besides, a place of Jewish martyrdom also possesses a special kedushah. I would say: Go for it!
A Simple Jew replies:
Perhaps you are right, Space Cadet. After all, Rabbi Nachman Horodenker once said, "A random thought is not without meaning."