איש על העדה…אשר יוציאם ואשר יביאם לפניהם…(פינחס כז: טז-יז)
Appoint a man over the assembly, who shall go out before them and come in before them…
The Komemiyus Rav, Reb Binyamin Mendelsohn zt’’l, led his Yishuv’s Kehilla (settlement members) of Shomrie Torah U’mitzvahs farmers who were diligent about keeping the mitzvah of Shemita on their farms. The Komemiyus Rav frequently visited Maran Rebbe Aharon of Belz zt’’l to receive brachas – blessings on behalf of his kehilla – they should merit success in their farming endeavors.
Before one of his visits, a congregant honored the Komemiyus Rav to serve as Sandak at his son’s bris. However, the Komemiyus Rav didn’t want to accept the honor since he was already Sandak by one of the father’s children, and according to the Re’ma, one doesn’t accept the honor of being Sandak twice from the same father. However, the father insisted, so the Komemiyus Rav decided to present the question to the Chazon Ish zt’’l following his visit to the Belzer Rav in Tel Aviv.
When the Komemiyus Rav arrived at Maran Rebbe Aharon’s home, before he handed over his kvittal and the kvittlach of his kehilla, Maran said: “I will only read your kvittal, since you are the Rav of the yishuv, all your kehilla members are included in your bracha!”
And Maran added, “Everyone knows the Re’ma’s opinion about not accepting the honor of Sandek twice since a Sandak is worthy of wealth, so why not grant the blessing on another Yid. However, the Rav of a city is allowed to be honored many times since the fountain of blessings for his kehilla members comes through a vessel of a Rav who leads his kehilla. Therefore, they all get blessed with plenty to support their Rav, and I will bless you, and through you, your kehilla will receive plenty of bracha and hatzlacha…”
The Komemiyus Rav was astounded by Maran’s brachas and for addressing his quandary even before presenting his question.Filed under Parshas Pinchas | Rabbi Aharon of Belz