Why Did Rav Povarsky Insist On Being Menachem Avel the Rebbetzin?

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Rav Berel Povarsky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Ponovezh, insisted on being menachem avel Rebbetzin Zaks, wife of Rav Amram Zaks zt”l whose brother, Rav Nosson Tzvi Shulman zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Slabodka Yeshiva, passed away this week.

While the rest of the Shulman family is sitting shivah at Rav Nosson Tzvi’s home on Rechov Harav Kalish in Bnei Brak, Rebbetzin Zaks, because of her weakness, is sitting shivah at her home, located adjacent to the Slabodka Yeshiva on Rechov Harav Sher. Upon hearing that the Rebbetzin is sitting shivah alone, Rav Povarsky said that he wants to be menachem avel her.

Rav Povarsky explained: “During the shivah for the wife of Rav Isaac Sher zt”l, I entered the home of the Chazon Ish, and he asked me to accompany him to be menachem avel. I told him that the only person sitting shivah was Rav and Rebbetzin Sher’s daughter, Rebbetzin Chaya Miriam Shulman (wife of Rav Mordechai Shulman). He replied, ‘Rav Eizik had one son, Rav Yosef Sher (father-in-law of Rav Dov Landau), but he is no longer alive (as he didn’t survive the Holocaust). I wish to go be menachem her, the daughter of gedolim and an aishes chover.’

Concluded Rav Povarsky this week, “If the Chazon Ish felt it appropriate to be menachem avel her mother, I can go to be menachem avel her for her brother, because she too is the daughter of gedolim and an aishes chover.”

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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