Rav Brudny to Rav Kook: “I Remember Your Parents’ Petirah – It Was the Night of My Wedding”

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One is the rosh yeshiva of the Mir Yeshiva in New York, a member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah in the United States; the other is an esteemed posek, the head of the Bais Horaah Haklali in Yerushalayim, and a member of the nesius of Shuvu.

When they first met last week at a Shuvu school in Bat Yam, Rav Brudny sighed and told Rav Kook, “I remember clearly when your parents were tragically niftar.”

Rav Kook was surprised. Indeed, it was a tragedy when his father, Rav Shlomo Kook, the late Chief Rabbi of Rechovot, and his mother, Rebbetzin Yehudis Kook, and their two young sons were killed in a car accident, but how did the rosh yeshiva remember the exact date almost 38 years later?

“How can I forget?” Rav Brudny said. “That was the night I got married. It was Chanukah, the fourth night. Four candles were lit on the menorah and four lights were extinguished in that tragedy. It affected my entire wedding. The tragedy happened in Eretz Yisroel and my wedding was in the US, but it was something that impacted everyone everywhere.”

Rav Kook, who was 11 years old at the time of that tragedy, was very moved.

After a few minutes, when the rabbonim went to meet the Shuvu school children, the circle was completed.

“You know dear children,” said Rav Kook, “the rosh yeshiva came here directly from the hakomas matzeivah at his mother’s kever on Har Hazeisim. Let’s dedicate our Torah study for a zechus for her neshamah.”

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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