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Section:  Avodah   Category: 48 Kinyanei Torah
Kinyan 22 Lev Tov - Rav Yitzchok Elchonon Spector's Golden Heart Saves The Agunos
The mishna says you be Koneh Torah with a Lev Tov, a good heart.  The Maharal MiPrague writes in Derech HaChaim that the Torah is called Tov as in "Ki Lekach Tov".  How could the torah which is Tov stay in a person who is not Tov and doesn't have a Lev Tov where the Torah primarily resides.

The Mishel HaAvos says that in a Hesped for the Minchas Yitzchok, Rav Sheinberg spoke about the niftar's tshuvos about freeing Agunos in the years after the Holocaust.  He also spoke about Rav Yitzchok Elchonon Spector and told the story of one of the latter's tshuvos where a woman who had been an aguna for many years came crying to Rav Yitzchok Elchonon but after much effort Rav Yitzchok Elchonon failed to find a heter to release her from her plight.  Upon hearing this the woman broke down and cried bitter tears.  Rav Yitzchok Elchonon writes in the tshuva that out of Rachmanus he then delved into the halacha with even more effort and determination and ended up writing an eight page tshuva filled with amazing chiddushim to free the woman.  How?  His Lev Tov heard her tears and with this he was zocheh to chidushei torah.

Freeing agunos is one of the most difficult challenge a world class posek can face.  Those with a Lev Tov are zocheh to have the depths of torah opened up to them and use its sweet waters to drown the salty tears of the downtrodden.  "Diracheha Darchei Noam"  The Torah is sweet and it naturally gravitates towards, and finds a comfortable home in those who are sweet as well.
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