Section: Hanhagos Category: Ma'aseh Rav
|The Steipler Gaon – Taking Care of Living & Breathing Seforim|
Rav Yaakov Yisroel Kanievsky, the Steipler Gaon was especially Makpid on Kavod HaSefer. The Sefer Toldos Yaakov gives some examples of his diligence and sensitivity in his Kavod HaSefer.
In many Shuls and Yeshivos in Eretz Yisroel there is a letter hung near the Seforim shelves regarding the importance of returning seforim after using them and not leaving them on the table. It tells a story of a time that the Steipler Gaon finished learning in a Yeshiva not far his home. After walking approximately 100 meters, despite the fact that walking was very difficult for him he realized that he didn’t return his sefer to its place. He then turned around, went back to the place he was sitting, returned the sefer, and then went home.
The Steipler Gaon was a living Sefer Torah. We may never reach his level of Torah but there is no reason we cannot reach his level of respect for the seforim that the torah is written in.