CHASSIDISHE STORY ON THE PARSHA
ואת יהודה שלח לפניו אל יוסף להורת לפניו גשנה (ויגש מו: כח)And Yosef sent Yehuda to scout the land of Goshen. The Medrash in Rashi comments,” to establish a Talmud Torah to learn.”
Reb Meir Rottenstreich a’’h shared a story about his father-in-law, R’ Moshe Chaim Rosen z’’l, who lived in the town of Belz before WWII.
Reb Moshe Chaim was married for several years and still had no children. He approached Reb Aharon of Belz zt’’l and tearfully pleaded with the Rebbe to evoke mercy on him to bear children since he was already elderly.
Reb Aharon heard Reb Meir’s tearful request and remained deep in thought for a while. He then told R’ Moshe Chaim, “The Talmud Torah in our city needs physical and financial support. I ask you to support the Talmud Torah, and you’ll be helped in this merit.”
Reb Aharon added two conditions: “First condition, when you will have a child, don’t reveal the reason why. And secondly, when you want to name the child, come to me, and I’ll name the child.”
Of course, Reb Moshe Chaim extended great effort and money to improve the Talmud Torah’s condition. A short while later, he shared with Reb Aharon the news that a baby girl was born. Reb Aharon told him, “the mother of Shlomo HaMelech was Bas Sheva; I think you should call her Bas Sheva and not with the nickname Sheva.”
“This daughter,” continued Reb Meir, “was Reb Moshe Chaim’s only daughter, whom I married. She was followed by a son, Reb Avigdor Rosen shlita from Monsey, who was the only Belzer Chassid meriting having Reb Aharon zt’’l serve as the sandek at his bris in Belz.”
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