Section: Stories Category: Story Corner
|Rav Elchonon Wasserman Sends The Childless To America|
Rav Issar Zalman Meltzer once asked Rav Shach to ask the Chofetz Chaim for a bracha for a childless couple who lived in Russia. The Chofetz Chaim refused to give a bracha because the couple lived in an area where no Torah education was available for children. He said that it was better for them not to have children if it was impossible to educate them in the Torah way.
This is similar to another story which Rav Simcha Wasserman told about his father, Rav Elchonon Wasserman, h'yd. Rav Simcha was sitting with his father sometime before WWII and R' Elchonon had just finished telling Rav Simcha that his role in life was to travel to areas where there was a dearth of Torah and spread Torah. In fact, this is exactly what Rav Simcha did, traveling to France, and America. Unfortunately, he and wife remained childless all their lives, but were spiritual parents to thousands of students in the various cities they lived.