From a very early age R’ Shimon Mandel was a gaon with a brilliant mind and a promising future. Instead of using his peak years of shteiging to learn more and grow more for himself- Rebbe used all his abilities to teach us, mold us and guide us through life. We were in his shiur for one year and he never let go of us talmiddim, ever, until his final dying day.
He was always available for us whenever we needed. We could speak our thoughts through for hours and we knew he was 100% focused and attuned to everything we said, and to what we didn’t even say. We were greeted with such warmth and left feeling so cared for and understood. Although he was such a tzaddik- on such a high level – he was able to come down to anyone’s level and really understand them and work through what was bothering them. His nosei beol was so real that when we left Rebbe we felt so much lighter knowing that he literally took our problems off us. Rebbe was really מפקיר himself for his talmiddim of 30 years -many of whom were שואל עצה for anything that came up in their lives, big or small.
Four days ago Rebbe gave us the only thing left that he had to give. He gave us……………his life…………… Rebbe left us on ערב יו”כ and did the ultimate giving- he became a pure perfect korban for klal yisroel. Rebbe never let us do anything for him but now לאחר מתתו it is our turn and our only chance to give back to Rebbe.