Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Another Tzaddik Leaves This World: ha-Rav ha-Gaon Moshe Halberstam, ztzvk"l

Ha-Shem Yisborach, the Dayan ha-Emes, has blessed Klal Yisroel with yet another kappara and returned the soul of ha-Rav ha-Gaon Rabbi Moshe Halberstam, ztzvk'l, back to the yeshivah shel maaleh.

Rav Halberstam, one of the world's foremost poskim and a great friend to Breslov, was a Dayan on the Beis Din Tzedek and the head of Hatzala Yerushalayim.

The Rav passed away today, at around 12:00 pm Israel-time, at the Bikur Cholim hospital after being admitted for chest pains and shortness of breath. He was 74 years old.

The Rav's passing is particularly painful for me personally. Besides receiving semichos from Rav Halberstam, I had maintained a relationship with him for the past few years. The Rav was nothing short of a true Gadol. Apart from his tremendous Torah learning, and indescribable Yiras HaShem, the Rav also embodied the midda of tzidkus, righteousness.

We should all be stunned and awed by the loss of two of Yisroel's greatest lights in a mere two days. We are all mechuyav to search our deeds and ask: What have we done?

Such a kappara!

Yet this is the will of the True Judge, boruch Hu.

We should all merit teshuvah sheleima and geulah sheleima, bimehera be-yamenu.


Blogger Reb. Nati said...

Pictures of the levaya can be seen here.

8:03 AM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger ratzon said...

great site. just for your interest, in your photo archive of the picture of Reb Noson Barsky (towards the end of the archive) is a young chassid accompanying him--it is reb noson ephraim kenig who heads the mosdot of nachal novea mekor chochma in tsfat. (the brother of rav elazar mordechai kenig, shlita, and son of reb gedaliah, zt"l).

2:08 AM, May 04, 2006  

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