beloved Rebi, Reb Nosson Tzvi Finkel זצ”ל, Rosh Yeshiva of MIR

Jerusalem was closed for a huge Levayah of the biggest Rosh Hayeshivah of the biggest yeshivah in the world, I had to walk from the outskirts while reciting Boruch Dayan Emmes! From simchas to mourning!

 It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing yestoday of our beloved Rebi, Reb Nosson Tzvi Finkel זצ”ל, Rosh Yeshiva of MIR. May his Neshama have an ALIYA + May he be a “Meylitz Yosher” for all of Klal Yisrael.

Lets learn in his merit and Mama Rochel, see yesterdays blog!  ands click here for inspiration! the-rains-come-down-20125772-finishing-shas


6 thoughts on “beloved Rebi, Reb Nosson Tzvi Finkel זצ”ל, Rosh Yeshiva of MIR

  1. Good news and long life to all, a true fund collecter – make a difference

  2. clearly Hashem would leave His dear sheep unattended but that is how we feel! what a lose to the nation and thus a lose to the world!

    • true and thanks – another good story When I was in Israel, I went to Me’ah She’arim, the traditionally Orthodox area within Jerusalem. Along with a group of businessmen I was with, I had the opportunity to have an audience with Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, the head of the Mir Yeshiva seminary there. I had never heard of him and didn’t know anything about him. We went into his study and waited ten to 15 minutes for him. Finally, the doors opened.

      What we did not know was that Rabbi Finkel was severely afflicted with Parkinson’s disease. He sat down at the head of the table, and, naturally, our inclination was to look away. We didn’t want to embarrass him.

      He asked, “Who can tell me what the lesson of the Holocaust is?” We were all looking away, and we heard this big bang on the table: “Gentlemen, look at me, and look at me right now.” Now his speech affliction was worse than his physical shaking. It was really hard to listen to him and watch him. He said, “I have only a few minutes for you because I know you’re all busy American businessmen.” You know, just a little dig there.

      Then he asked, “Who can tell me what the lesson of the Holocaust is?” He called on one guy, who didn’t know what to do — it was like being called on in the fifth grade without the answer. And the guy says something benign like, “We will never, ever forget…” And the rabbi completely dismisses him. I felt terrible for the guy until I realized the rabbi was getting ready to call on someone else. All of us were sort of under the table, looking away — you know, please, not me. He did not call me. I was sweating. He called on another guy, who had such a fantastic answer: “We will never, ever again be a victim or bystander.”

      The rabbi said, “You guys just don’t get it. Okay, gentlemen, let me tell you the essence of the human spirit.

      “As you know, during the Holocaust, the people were transported in the worst possible, inhumane way by railcar. They thought they were going to a work camp. We all know they were going to a death camp.

      Rabbi Finkel of blessed memory. “After hours and hours in this inhumane corral with no light, no bathroom, cold, they arrived at the camps. The doors were swung wide open, and they were blinded by the light. Men were separated from women, mothers from daughters, fathers from sons. They went off to the bunkers to sleep.

      “As they went into the area to sleep, only one person was given a blanket for every six. The person who received the blanket, when he went to bed, had to decide, ‘Am I going to push the blanket to the five other people who did not get one, or am I going to pull it toward myself to stay warm?’”

      And Rabbi Finkel says, “It was during this defining moment that we learned the power of the human spirit, because we pushed the blanket to five others.”

      And with that, he stood up and said, “Take your blanket. Take it back to America and push it to five other people.”

  3. thanks to RabbiShlomo Price

    I received this inspiring email about Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel and felt it would worthwhile to spread around.

    Shloime Price

    The following was told at the White Shul by Rabbi Hershel Schachter’s son, Rabbi Shai Schachter, in loving memory of his former Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, Z”TL. R’ Shai learned at Mirrer Yeshiva for four years, and developed a close relationship with the Rosh Yeshiva (as did the other 5,999 other talmidim learning there).

    A close relative of R’ Shai helped pay for fertility treatments needed by a childless, non-frum couple. Once, R’ Shai’s father called him, and told him that it was suggested that this couple visit Eretz Yisroel for b’rochos. He asked his son to escort them.

    R’ Shai’s first called his Rosh Yeshiva, Reb Nosson Tzvi Finkel, Z”TL, asking him for help.

    “Rebbe, may I come over with this couple Motzai Shabbos for b’rochos?”

    “Shai, my door is always open to you. There isn’t any need for you to call and ask me.”

    “That’s wonderful. But please be mo’chel me since the wife may not dress appropriately.”

    “Shai, no need to worry. Everything will work out fine.”

    When they arrived in Eretz Yisroel, R Shai first took them on Thursday night to a noted rav who only spoke Yiddish. R’ Shai acted as an interpreter between the rav and the couple. The rav took their names, and vowed to daven for them. Meanwhile, someone whispered in the rav’s ear that the couple isn’t shomer mitzvos. The rav proceeded to get angry, and raised his voice. R’ Shai said to the couple, “I’m not sure what he’s saying, but we better go.”

    ————— ————————


    Motzai Shabbos, R’ Shai took them to the Rosh Yeshiva’s apartment. Note that the wife dressed inappropriately. Rebbetzin Finkel was very warm and friendly to them, and made the couple feel at ease and happy to be there.

    Rebbetzin Finkel said to the wife, “You know, I’m very respectful of my husband. When I go in to speak with him, I wear a shawl. When we go in, I have one for you too.”

    As they entered his study, the Rosh Yeshiva was crying.

    R’ Shai was unsure what to do, and started speaking.

    “Rebbe, this is the couple that I spoke with you about. They’re here to….”

    The Rosh Yeshiva interrupted him. “Shai, be quiet! Stop and think about the difficult ordeal that this couple has had to deal with. Hoping and praying for years that G-d should bless them with a child.”

    Thereupon, his rebbetzin started crying. The couple started crying. R’ Shai was dumbfounded and the only one with a dry eye in the room (he was 19 and unmarried at the time).

    The Rosh Yeshiva took their names, and vowed to daven for them. He made them feel at ease, and spoke with them for a while.

    As they got up to leave, the husband spoke,

    “Rabbi Finkel, you know we’re so happy that we met you and your wife. You are so kind, and we’re grateful for your blessings. But when Shai took us to this other rabbi, he seemed to get angry and lose his temper after we spoke to him. We don’t know what to make of that.”

    Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel reacted emphatically.

    “I know that rabbi, and he’s a very holy man and close with G-d. After he heard what you’re going through, he shouted at G-d.

    “G-d! Help this couple with a child! They’re going through so much, and look to You for an answer. Give them what they want since they so deserve it!”

    As they walked out, the Rosh Yeshiva quoted the passuk from B’raishis that only R’ Shai would understand, that one can lie for the sake of Sholom Bayis.

    I (the one who sent me the story-not Shlomo Price)) told this over to my chavrusa and neighbor, Rabbi Moshe Farkas, who grew up in Chicago, and knew the Finkel family. He said that they and another family were partners in a noted kosher catering establishment called Finkel & Brody. The Rosh Yeshiva attended a co-ed day school, and played on the yeshiva’s baseball team, before he left for Eretz Yisroel where he made an incredible impact on the world.

    Even after he grew in learning and helped build the Mirrer Yeshiva into one of Eretz Yisroel’s finest yeshivas, R’ Moshe said that the Rosh Yeshiva never lost his touch of sensitively dealing with anybody, big or small. I would add that this goes as well for his rebbetzin.

    Have a wonderful Shabbos, a Chanukah Somayach,

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