Friday, November 02, 2007

"The Memories Of Those Days..."

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Rabbi Yakov Horowitz commenting on "There Are Two Ways To Read This":

It was actually in the summer of 1979 that I had the zechus to spend a great deal of time with Reb Levi Yitzchak z'tl.

I davened in his vasikin minyan for 5 months and rode the #1 bus with him to the Kosel after davening on many of those days.

He used to have a one-hour gathering in his home one day a week attended by 10-20 people, where he would discuss 'sichos.'

The memories of those days warm my neshama as I type these words.

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Rabbi Horowitz agreed to answer some questions from readers concering the time he spent with Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Bender. If you have any questions, please leave a comment with your question and I will be sure to pass them along. Thank you.


At November 2, 2007 at 7:59:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 10-20 people included some of Breslev's leading contemporary luminaries, such as Rav Eliezer Berland shlit'a, Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a, and Rav Avraham Weitzhandler shlit'a. The mesora we have from Rav Levi Yitzchok zatza"l is priceless. Warm regards from too-dry Eretz Yisroel.

At November 2, 2007 at 8:21:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Rabbi Horowitz: In an e-mail you wrote, "I did see a true 'mofes' with him."

Could you please share this story with us?

At November 2, 2007 at 8:28:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was in regard to his surgery in 1979.

It was a real goose-bump moment when it happened.

I spent Shabbos alone with him in the hospital, as I was single and he didn't want to take husbands from their families.

I'm starting a busy school day now, but I will try to write it up later today or Motzoei Shabbos.

Please post questions and I'll try to respond.

Yakov Horowitz

At November 2, 2007 at 8:55:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW; in 1979 I borrowed a zoom-lens camera from a Mirrer bachur and I took 20 pictures of Reb Levi Yitzchak during vasikin davening.

If you think they would be of interest to your readers, I'd be glad to get them to you. (These have never been published)

I also have some very nice ones of Reb Shmuel Shapiro z'tl that I took on a trip I took with him to Miron.


At November 2, 2007 at 8:58:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Rabbi Horowitz: Of course! I will be happy to post all of them here on my blog.

Thank you so much :)

At November 2, 2007 at 9:00:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabbi Horowitz,

1. I have a Breslov CD, Nigunei Neshama, of old Uman tunes played instrumentally.


The cover insert says these were brought to Israel by Rav Bender ZT"L. One tune in particular I never heard from any other source. It seems as if the tune could fit "El Ginas Egoz Yoradti..." from Shir HaShirim, but that could be my imagination. Can you clarify this?

2. Also, I have a Hebrew biography איש חסידיך of Rav Bender ZT"L which includes mention of his work right after WW2 with the Klausenburger Rebbe, ZT"L. Were they also close later on in Israel and, if so, can you give any details?

(Of course, I'd also appreciate anyone else's input on the above)

At November 4, 2007 at 10:19:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recall Rav Bender in 1971. He was clearly the leading light of that community. I saw him on the bus to the keysel, I think on Tisha Be"av in the morning and gave him my seat.
He had no gaboyim or airs about him.
Clearly a farzaytige Yid.

At November 5, 2007 at 10:36:00 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nu? We anxiously await Rabbi Horowitz.


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