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Section:  Avodah   Category: Innocent Observations
Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel Ztz"l - The Great Obligator

The gemara in Yuma (35b) tells us that when you come before Hashem after your lifetime ends, no excuse will be accepted for not learning Torah. There are three men, says the Gemara, whose example will invalidate any kind of excuse you can come up with. If you say you were too poor and were busy earning a living, Hashem will point to Hillel who was even poorer but climbed on the roof in the snow to learn Torah when the guard wouldn't admit him because he couldn't pay. If you claim you were too rich and were to busy handling your affairs, Hashem will point to Rebbi Elazar ben Charsum who was far wealthier yet spent his precious time learning Torah. If you are busy with you physical desires Hashem will point to Yosef who was willing to live life as a slave rather than violate the Torah.

11 Cheshvan was a tragic day for Klal Yisroel as we lost a very special gadol in Rav Nosson Tzvi Finkel. Rav Nosson Tzvi's life set an example that obligates us in every to become a Gadol BaTorah. Rav Nosson Tzvi reached the pinnacle of greatness in the Torah world and was esteemed by every Gadol. Growing up in Midwest America is no longer an answer as Rav Nosson Tzvi also did, yet he reached the top.

Being too poor is also not an answer as Rav Nosson Tzvi spent his life constantly facing multi million dollar deficits that he needed to close quickly if the Yeshiva were to survive. Yet when he opened a Gemara he was in another world transformed by its sweet song to a place where money did not exist and there wasn't a worry in the world.

Are you too rich? Even if you run a multi million dollar corporation you surely don't have the responsibility that he faced every day when he woke up. Rav Nosson Tzvi built an empire of buildings, Yeshivos, and created dozens of program to fuel the efficiency and productivity of his empire, the production of pure and holy Torah. Yet the Torah he brought to the world through his innovation and hard work did not minimize his desire to rise above everyone, with his sweet torah into which he poured his heart and soul. He was the greatest product of the Mir Yeshiva while carrying tens of thousands of Talmidim on his back for over two decades. He towered above them yet spent his days lifting them to their own heights. He had the responsibility of running a major corporation that generated zero revenue and supported thousands of "employees" and their families.

Does your Yetzer Hara and your physical desires stop you from focusing on learning? Rav Nosson Tzvi had no body only a shadow of one, that was racked with constant pain unimaginable to most of us. Anyone that ever caught a glimpse of him twisting, turning, and contorting could only marvel what this man was doing out of bed. When we have slight headache we close the gemara without a second thought, yet he battled his body everyday and learned Torah.

Rav Nosson Tzvi's example lit the way in Yegias HaTorah. In his wake we swam with ease holding on to his mighty coattails. He is no longer with us and now the heavy lifting is our task. There is no longer someone to accept on himself yissurim for all of Klal Yisroel and we must bear on own burden. And to say it is impossible will no longer work after he showed us it can be done.

May he be a Meilitz Yosher for his son and successor Rav Lazer Yehuda Shlit"a who should have the strength and Siyata Dismaya to carry on and continue to grow the empire his father nurtured as well as for all of Klal Yisroel who will dearly miss catching a glimpse of his living legend.

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Anonymous, 2011-11-09 12:44:09
who ever suggested using growing up in midwest america as an excuse?
Anonymous, 2011-11-09 12:45:03
Great article

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