One year, after Kol Nidrei, the Brisker Rov, Rav Yitzchok Zev Soloveitchick, whose yahrtzeit is today, took his son-in-law, Rav Yechiel Michel Feinstein, to go for a walk. Perturbed, Rav Yechiel Michel asked the Brisker Rov as delicately as possible if this was the time they should be taking a stroll.
The Brisker Rov answered, “I am surprised at you. If this is not the time to take a walk, then we should never go any day of the year either! This walk, however, is not for pleasure; it is for my health, as instructed by my doctor. Therefore, there is no difference between Yom Kippur and any other day (as told by Rav Moshe Shmuel Shapira – Uvdos V’Hanhagos L’Bais Brisk).
The People Of Brisk Wait For The Rov To Start Kol Nidrei
One Yom Kippur, as the people of Brisk waited to start the holy tefillah of Kol Nidrei, the Rov, Rav Binyomin Diskin, the father of Reb Yehoshua Leib Diskin, was still not in shul. This was very strange considering Rav Binyomin’s timeliness and his deep consideration for not causing tircha detziburah.
The gabbai was quickly dispatched to the Rov’s house to see what was causing the delay. Upon entering the house, the gabbai was astonished to find Rav Binyomin sitting over a Mishnayos learning with his young son.
“Moreinu V’Rabbeinu“, said the gabbai, “the whole tzibbur is waiting for the Rov to start Kol Nidrei and he is sitting and learning Mishnayos with his little child?!”
Rav Binyomin burst our crying and said, “I made a cheshbon hanefesh for Yom HaDin and realized that I need many zechusim to be acquitted in my din. I searched for a great mitzva powerful enough to tip the scales all by itself and I could not find a better mitzva than sitting and learning with my young child.”