The Chofetz Chaim’s Brachah to Rav Wosner’s Father


rav-wosnerIn the video recently released of the Chofetz Chaim at The First Knessia Gedolah on August 15, 1923, one of the rabbonim who were supporting the great tzaddik was Rav Teitelbaum, who was very close to the Gadol Hador.

At 25 years old, Rav Teitelbaum was the rosh yeshiva of a yeshiva in his town that had over 800 students. The head of the town was very wealthy, as well powerful and influential. He announced that he was going to send his oldest son to the gymnasium (university). The news was shattering, as he was setting an example for joining ranks with the Haskalah movement, which were wicked people who were against Hashem and the Torah. Even though he tried, there was nothing Rav Teitelbaum could do about it.

Sometime later, the Chofetz Chaim was going to be travelling through this town. Since Rav Teitelbaum was very close with him, the wealthy man asked Rav Teitelbaum if he can set up an appointment for him with the Chofetz Chaim so that he can get a beracha from the gadol hador.

Rav Teitlebaum set up the appointment, but did not tell the Chofetz Chaim about this man’s decision for his son. When the wealthy man was brought in to see the holy Chofetz Chaim, he asked for a bracha. The Chofetz Chaim looked at the man and said, “Who is Yisroel Meir to give you a bracha? If your son goes to yeshiva, he will have all of the brachos of the Torah. And who is Yisroel Meir to stop the curses of the Torah if your son does not go to yeshiva.”

The man was astounded and terrified at hearing the strong words of the Chofetz Chaim. Of course, he followed the words of the gadol hador and sent his son to yeshiva.

This son grew up and become Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner, author of Shevet Halevi, the av bais din of Zichron Meir of Bnei Brak, rosh yeshiva of Chachmei Lublin and a posek hador.

{Gavriel Newscenter}


  1. This story doesn’t match up with the story about reb Wosner mother who was Moser nefesh not to become a singer for have a son a godal hador

  2. it would be nice to understand how this fits with the well known story about his mother, who sacrificed fame and wealth in exchange for a Bracha that her son will illuminate the Torah world. Rav Shmuel said his mother kept pushing him to learn, saying: “you have no idea how much I sacrificed for you!”.

    So how did the parents think to send him to university?

  3. These bubba maisers happened a hundred+ years ago and gets diluted every 10 years so by today they are hardly true anymore.

  4. If this Rav Teitelbaum had ayeshiva with over 800 students, it must have been the largest yeshiva in history until that time. Makes me wonder bout the accuracy of the rest of the story.