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Rav Eliyahu Lopian's Strange Conversation With Rebbitzen Kook
Rav Eliyahu Lopian used to regularly visit Tiverya during a certain period when he was involving in establishing a yeshivah there.  From time to time, he would visit Rav Rafael Kook, the Rav of Tiverya. 

On one occasion, Rav Lopian came to visit R’ Kook, and the Rebbitzen answered the door and apologized that Rav Kook was not at home.  Despite this, Rav Lopian entered the house and engaged the Rebbetzin in a lengthy conversation about the Asara Harugei Malchus.  The Rebbetzin was quite surprised that Rav Lopian was sitting and talking with her, and could not understand why he was specifically discussing the Asara Harugei Malchus. 

A short time later, her husband, Rav Rafael passed away, and the Rebbitzen became an almanah.  Sadly, her mourning was compounded shortly later when her son and his family were involved in a terrible car accident.  Her son, Rav Shlomo, his wife, and three of their children were killed in this horrible tragedy.

During the shiva, the Rebbitzen suddenly remembered the conversation with Rav Lopian on the Asara Harugei Malchus.  Unfortunately, she now understood the reason for this topic, but she also gleaned strength from Rav Lopian’s words  to overcome her great sorrow.  She sadly murmured, “You have comforted me, Rav Eliyahu, you have comforted me.”    (Shaal Avicha Veyegadcha)

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