Dreaming of Moshiach

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Power of Shabbat Kodesh

HaRav Yechiel Nir Zalsman Shlita lived in the Moshav of Bet Chelkia all his life. A few months ago he was stricken with cancer, l'a. After many treatments, the doctors told him that they did all they can to try to save him and there is nothing else that can be done and at this point, they can only give him medicine and although it will not heal him, it will make the pain somewhat less.

Rav Zalsman went to Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita in Bnei Brak and told him that the doctors say he doesn't have much time to live. When the Rav heard this, he said that doctors are prohibited from saying such things and their duty is to heal and not harm. "But," Rav Kanievsky told Rav Zalsman, "Shabbat is the source of the blessings." It is known that anyone that come to Rav Kanievsky, he always gives strict advice to be more careful in observing Shabbat Kodesh.

Rav Zalsman returned to his Moshav and later that week, Thursday morning, while learning Torah in the Bet Midrash. he had an heart attack and lost consciousness. Immediately a doctor was called and the doctor recommended taking Rav Zalsman to the emergency room. The family decided that rather than Rav Zalsman go to the hospital, they will hire a doctor to stay at their home to supervise Rav Zalsman.

The following day, Friday, the Mashgiach of Yeshivat Nachalat Dovid came to visit Rav Zalsman and spoke with the family. He inquired why the Moshav stopped observing Shabbat 40 minutes prior to sundown as was the tradition ever since the Moshav was established. The family members went to the Moshav's Rav and the Rav said, "From this Shabbat on, we will go back to our tradition and start observing Shabbat 40 minutes earlier."

An announcement was made on the Moshav's speakers that for the complete recovery of HaRav Zalsman, Shabbat will begin 40 minutes earlier than usual. The Moshav administration went from house to house requesting that each family start Shabbat 40 minutes earlier.

The unbelievable happened - everyone showed up in the Moshav's synagogue 40 minutes ahead of Shabbat and after Mincha prayers, the Moshav's Rav gave a lecture on the importance and significance of bringing in the Shabbat earlier and of course, he also told the story of Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita's instructions to Rav Zalsman.

In the middle of the lecture, one of Rav Zalsman's son walked in the shul and whispered something in the Rav's ear infront of the congregation. The Rav started crying with great emotion and said, "Blessed HaShem that heals the ill. Rav Zalsman woke up and is speaking. It's a tremendeous and unnatural miracle."

On Shabbat morning Rav Zalsman came to shul and said the gomel blessing (said by person who survived or avoided misfortune) and thanked the Creator of the World on the goodness that He bestowed on him.

Even the doctors admitted that in the merit of observing Shabbat Kodesh, this is a tremendeous miracle witnessed by all.

Please pray for the complete recovery of Harav Yechiel Nir ben Miriam.




והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו