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Rav Avrohom Grodzinsky Dances Right On Time
The following story gives a glimpse of the greatness of Rav Avrohom Grodzinsky and gives new meaning to the obligation to feel for another Jew.  One time when Rav Avrohom was in Warsaw he went to visit some relatives.  All during the visit he kept asking what the time was.  At one point after they told him the time he got up and started dancing.  His hosts asked him what he was doing, but he was oblivious to his surroundings as he danced with great fervor.  After finishing dancing he sat back down again as if nothing happened.

When his relatives asked him what this odd behavior was all about he explained that one of the talmidim was getting married in Slabodka that night.  He really wanted the Mashgiach Rav Avrohom to be there.  "While unfortunately I was unable to be there for his simcha", said Rav Avrohom. "there is no reason that I could not share in his simcha."  (Gedolei HaDoros)

Rav Avrohom Grodzinsky Hy"d was the Mashgiach of the Slabodka Yeshiva.  He was the sole leader of the Yeshiva present at the outbreak of the Holocaust, as the Rosh Yeshiva Rav Isaac Sher was abroad at the time.  Years earlier the Yeshiva had split into two with the establishment  of Slabodka in Eretz Yisroel and while  Rav Avrohom was actually sent with the initial group, he was recalled to Slabodka to hold up the Yeshiva when the Alter himself traveled to Eretz Yisroel.

Rav Avrohom was the spiritual leader in the Kovno Ghetto, which was situated in the suburb of Slabodka.  He dispensed chizuk and emuna to the broken hearted remnants of the Yeshiva and the rest of the Kovno/Slabodka community during those bleak days.  Rav Shloime Volbe and Rav Chaim Kreiswirth were married to his daughters.  Rav Yaakov Kamenetzky was his brother-in-law.
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