A few months ago, the klal was shocked by the sudden petirah of Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel zt”l following a massive heart attack. Immediately afterwards, the true financial state of the Mir Yeshiva was revealed. Last week, amid great fanfare, all debts were paid and Mir is on even footing. One comment on Matzav stood out the most. The comment was, “Had the money been
raised eight months ago, Mir would have had both the money and Rav Nosson Tzvi.”
This is a sad but true commentary on the community outlook of chessed. Chessed shel emes is extremely important, but certain tragedies could certainly be averted had the community done chessed to the living.
People spend their entire lives building their reputations and trustworthiness by dealing honestly with people. This is sometimes at the expense of a financial windfall available by cutting corners. To them, living an honest and ehrliche life is their endowment to the world. Instead of being respected and lauded, they are mocked and ridiculed.
On Friday, Rav Shlomo Pomerantz zt”l was niftar. He was a man who was averse to any kind of negative speech or writings about others. It’s time to do chessed for the living and look out for those struggling to make an honest living. At the very least, they shouldn’t be mocked and have more obstacles thrown in their paths.
A Chicago Yid
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