By Rabbi Yechiel Spero
I want to share with you a beautiful story about Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l – and almost every story about Rav Shlomo Zalman is a beautiful one, because he was a beautiful person.
There was a bochur learning in Rav Shlomo Zalman’s yeshiva, Yeshivas Kol Torah who asked him, “Would I be able to have reshus to travel up north to visit the kevarim of tzaddikim?”
Of course, up north there are kevorim of many famous tzaddikim where one can daven – the Rambam, the Arizal, and so many others.
Rav Shlomo Zalman said, “You don’t have to go up north to daven. It is better that you learn.”
“Isn’t there an inyan to daven at the kevorim of tzaddikim?” the bochur asked.
Rav Shlomo Zalman said, “You don’t have to go up north to daven by the kevorim of tzaddikim. When I want to daven by a tzaddik’s kever, I go to the soldiers who were neherag al kiddush Hashem and I daven by their kevorim. So if you want to daven by kevorim of tzaddikim, you can go there.”
This very beautiful story told by Rav Yisrael Meir Lau about Rav Shlomo Zalman gives us a little bit of inspiration on a day when we commemorate the memory of the many kedoshim who died in battle on this day of Yom Hazikaron.
Some of our readers do not come from circles where this day is commemorated, but I don’t think there will be anyone who would disagree that today we should be “noseh b’ol im chaveiro.” There are people who lost their husbands, fathers and children. They are b’tzaar, so we should shed a tear for them as well.
Have a great day and a great rest of your week.