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Section: Stories   Category: Story Corner
The Sha'agas Aryeh Gives A Bracha To Two Brothers In Volozhin
There was a wealthy Jew who lived in Volozhin named R’ Yitzchak, who was not only wealthy, but was a great talmid chacham and was stringent in mitzvos.  He traveled often on lengthy trips for business, and when he returned he was always laden with expensive gifts for his family.

One time before R’ Yitzchak left on another trip, his wife requested that instead of bringing her a gift, he should buy a complete Shas for their home.  In those days, a complete Shas was very expensive, but R’ Yitzchak decided to fulfill his wife’s request, and he bought a beautiful Shas on that trip.

When he returned, R’ Yitzchak and his wife decided to benefit the community with the Shas, by lending out the mesachtos to the people of the city.  R’ Yitzchak was busy with his business, so his wife took responsibility for lending out the Shas.

One day, the Gaon, R’ Aryeh Leib, author of the Shaagas Aryeh, arrived in Volozhin.  The Gaon heard that it was possible to borrow masechtos Shas in a certain home, and he immediately made his way to R’ Yitzchak’s house. R’ Yitzchaks’ wife was very excited that such a great Gaon was gracing her house.  She told the Shaagas Aryeh that anytime he needed a mesechta, she would send one of her servants to the Gaon’s lodging place so he wouldn’t have to exert himself to come to the house.

The Shaagas Areyh stayed in Volozhin for an extended period of time, and whenver he needed a new mesechta, R’ Yitzchak’s wife would send it to him.  Before R’ Aryeh left the city, he visited R’ Yitzchak’s house, and blessed him and his wife.  He said, “I bless you that you should be zocheh to two sons who will light up the eyes of Yisrael with their Torah.  One son will be zohech to teach the Shas to others, and the second son will be so well-learned in the entire Torah that he won’t need a Shas at all!

The tzaddik’s bracha was fulfilled in full, and R’ Yitzchak and his wife subsequently had two sons.  One was the Gaon R’ Chaim of Volozhin who established a yeshivah and was zocheh to many students, and the second son , R’Zalman, knew the entire Torah by heart backwards and forwards.     (Ukarasa Leshabbos Oneg)
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