Friday, May 18, 2007

The Vizhnitzer and Munkatcher Debate Who Should Enter Gan Eden First

2 Sivan is the yahrzeit of 2 of the greatest Chasidish Rebbes of that time
R' Yisroel Hager ben R' Boruch of Vizhnitz, the Ahavas Yisrael (1936)

R' Chaim Eliezer ben R' Tzvi Hirsch Shapiro of Munkatch (1937), author of many seforim, including Minchas Elazar, Shaar Yisaschor, Nimukei Orach Chaim, and Divrei Torah
The following encounter, between theses two tzadikim, is told over:
They were once together, and as they were about to enter a house, each one wanted the other to enter first. Each one of these great Rebbes kept insisting that the other should enter first. Eventually, the Ahava Yisroel of Vizhnitz entered first (perhaps because he was 12 years older). The signifigance of this story was revealed several years later, when the Ahavas Yisroel passed away on 2 Sivan, and the next year the Minchas Elazar passed away on the first yahrzeit of the Ahavas Yisroel.
Zchusom Yogen Aleinu


Anonymous said...

The Minchas Elazar was agreat posek besides being one of the greatest rebbes of his generation. even these days he is quoted by poskim all the time.

Jeff said...

From your website (which is wonderful) I learn that my Hebrew birthday is the date of the Munkatcher z'l's Yahrzeit...... Thank you.