Please enable JavaScript in your browser to experience all the custom features of our site.

RabbiHorowitz.com
Please Use Our New Website
still under constructions
to purchase safety books and educational materials
https://thebrightbeginnings.com

Mr. Harry Skydell, Chairman
Mr. Mark Karasick, Vice Chairman
Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, Director
Rabbi Avrohom M. Gluck, Director of Operations
The first 1000 members will have a chance to win a
16 GB
iPod
touch
with Rabbi Horowitz audio

Membership Benefits:

  • Save articles to your favorites folder.
  • Save and print selected articles in a PDF journal.
  • Receive emails containing the latest comments on your favorite articles.
  • Mark articles as "READ".
  • More member features coming soon...

Raffle Rules:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter, complete the signup form and join as a member. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries shall become the property of CJFL. CJFL is not responsible for lost, misdirected or delayed entries.

The contest is open to the general public. Members need to be at least 18 years old. Identification must be produced on request. Employees of CJFL, its raffle sponsor, advertising and promotional agencies and their respective affiliates and associates and such employees' immediate family members and persons with whom such employees are domiciled are excluded from this raffle. ALL PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED MEMBERS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED INTO THIS RAFFLE. The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded. Decisions of the raffle judges are final - no substitutions will be available. By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation of his or her name and/or likeness (first initial and last name) and municipality of residence for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium (including without limitation, radio broadcasts, newspapers and other publications and in television or film releases, slides, videotape, distribution over the internet and picture date storage) which CJFL may deem appropriate. In accepting the prize, the winner, acknowledges that CJFL may not be held liable for any loss, damages or injury associated with accepting or using this prize. CJFL retains the rights, in its absolute and sole discretion, to make substitutions of equivalent kind or approximate value in the event of the unavailability of any prize or component of the prize for any reason whatsoever. This contest is subject to all federal, provincial and municipal laws. CJFL reserves the right to withdraw or terminate this raffle at any time without prior notice. One entry per person.


A Prince Among Men
Memories of the Bobover Rebbe on his Eighth Yahrtzeit
by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz
Publication: The Jewish Press

  Rated by 9 users   |   Viewed 10854 times since 8/4/08   |   12 Comments
Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size    [ Change Font Size ] Email This Article to a Friend
   

8/4/08

The story is told of an individual who asked a son-in-law of the Chafetz Chaim to relate some mofsim (miraculous occurrences) that he had personally witnessed in the company of his shver (father-in-law). He replied that the greatest mofes he had seen throughout all the years, was that his shver kept every seif katan of Shulchan Aruch (that he meticulously observed all Torah laws).

I was raised in Belle Harbor, Queens, in the 1960’s and 70’s, where I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with some of the leading Chassidic Rebbes of our generation; among them the Satmar Rebbe, Reb Yoel; the Bobover Rebbi, Reb Shlome; and the Stichiner Rebbe, Zichronom Tzaddikim Livracha. As this past Shabbos marked the eighth yahrtzeit of Reb Shlome Halberstam, the Bobover Rebbe zt”l, I'd like to share a mofes that I had the privilege of personally witnessing in the company of the Rebbe more than thirty years ago.

The Bobover Rebbe would spend several weeks each year in our community – usually in the days immediately following the Yomim Tovim of Pesach and Succos. Living as he did, with round-the-clock involvement in his kehila, he would have been well within his rights to make minimal contact with the local residents during his “down time.” Nevertheless, he conducted himself with the same regal bearing and nobility of spirit that he did year-round – taking the time to greet people with dignity, and converse with them as if they were the only people that mattered to him.

An incident that took place early one Shabbos morning stands out in my mind above all the others. Knowing that the Rebbe was in town, I came to shul early and sat in the back row reviewing the parsha (Torah portion of the week). At that time there were only three people present; the Rebbe, an individual who was tidying up the shul, and me. The man, not recognizing the Rebbe, nor appreciating the fact that he was the spiritual leader of thousands, approached him, introduced himself, and greeted him with a cheery “Gut Shabbos, Rabbi,” in a polite-but-folksy manner that was, shall we say, less than befitting a person of the Rebbe’s stature.

Unfazed, the Rebbe stood up, gave him his trademark 100-watt smile and said, “Gut Shabbos a Yid. I am Shlome Halberstam, how are you?” and inquired about his background and the welfare of his family members. The Rebbi then complimented him on his efforts in preparing the shul. He asked him if he properly appreciated the fact that as a result of his efforts, he would now merit a portion in the tefilos of all the shul members. He spoke movingly about how his own saintly grandfather would personally attend to the preparation of his shul for davening each week.

I had the great pleasure of observing the Rebbe zt”l over the years, in public settings, surrounded by hundreds or even thousands of his admirers. The last such occasion was when he danced a 'mitzvah tanz' at the wedding of our close friends, Reb Yitzi and Suri Twerski. It was a remarkable and inspiring experience watching this elderly tzaddik dance like a teenager, with kedusha and simcha exuding from his every move.

I am not a Bobover chassid and spent very little time in his presence over the years, so I have no stories to relate of how the Rebbe's tefilos were answered. But, whenever I think of the Rebbe, what immediately comes to mind is his remarkable blend of nobility and humility, and his unabashed love for Jews of all backgrounds. So each year, on the yahrtzeit that he shares with Aharon HaKohein, in whose path he so humbly walked, I replay this great mofes over and over again in my mind's eye -- the time that he made a simple, unlearned Jew feel like a million dollars one Shabbos morning before Davening.

Yehi Zichro Baruch. May his memory be blessed.



To sign up for Rabbi Horowitz’s weekly emails, please click here.


Reader's Comments:      Rating & Comments Policy      Rate & Write a Comment!
 Average Rating:              Rated by 9 users    (12 comments)
Subscribe to this Article
(by subscribing you will receive email notification
when new comments are posted)
There are no comments yet. Click above to write the first comment.
Dear Readers:

Please visit our Parenting Resource listing to learn about agencies and services that you can make use of. If you know of an agency that can be of assistance to others, kindly drop an email to our site administrator at admin@RabbiHorowitz.com and pass along the information to him.

I ask that you please consider supporting the work we are doing to improve the lives of our children. Click on these links to learn more about our teen and parent mentoring program that serves hundreds of teens and their families, or our KESHER program, now in 20 schools in 4 states. Your financial support can allow us to expand these services and help more children.

If you believe in the governing principles of this website – to help effect positive change through the candid discussions of the real issues we collectively face, please consider becoming a daily, weekly or monthly sponsor of this website and help defray the costs of it’s maintenance.



Working with Families and Educators on Behalf of our Children

This site is managed by The Center for Jewish Family Life, Inc., 56 Briarcliff Drive, Monsey, NY 10952
Project Y.E.S. was founded by Agudath Israel of America
The Center for Jewish Family Life/Project YES - 56 Briarcliff Drive, Monsey, NY 10952 (845) 352-7100 ext. 114 Fax: (845) 352-9593
email: email@kosherjewishparenting.com


Advertisements