Continuation from here
There are many more stories about the Ruv Z”L’s carefulness in every utterance. One of the fundamental teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov was the power of uttering words, even trivial ones. Speaking of the Ba’al Shem Tov, the Ruv Z”L had a minhag to mention the name of the Ba’al Shem Tov every day.
The Ruv Z”L said of the last few generations that the “doros” (generations) plummeted spiritually a thousand years. Although the Ruv Z”L was on madreigos that are unfathomable to us, he still had an unbelievable understanding of his generation. His advice is relevant today as ever.
Reb Yochonan Rachmestrivker was close to the Ruv Z”L and frequently visited. Once Reb Yochanan asked for a beracha for a bochur that he should be a masmid. The Ruv Z”L responded, “Is that so? From now on call the bochur ‘masmid’. Since then the Ruv Z”L also called that bochur ‘masmid’ when he came to visit. This had a profound impact on him and he started learning diligently.
Once an individual from Yareslov (a village in Galicia), had a dangerously sick child and the doctor ordered that he eat food that contained pork. The Yid was distressed and asked the Rav of Yareslov what to do. Without a question the Rav responded that the child must certainly eat it. The Yid was very distraught about it, and said that he will travel to Belz and ask the Ruv Z”L what to do. The Rav said, “if you do so, please come back to me and tell me what the Ruv said.” The Yid traveled to Belz and asked the Sheilah. The Ruv Z”L answered that the local Rav is right and he has to give it to his child to eat. “But”, the Ruv Z”L added, “make sure chas vesholom that your child does not know that it contains pork”, so it shouldn’t affect the child’s chinuch.
The Ruv Z”L gave instructions to teachers that they should have a stick but they should not use it. Although today we don’t have sticks… still we learn that there has to be fear, but love should be what the teacher uses.
The Ruv’s Z”L greatest focus after the war was to build the Yeshiva of Belz. He was involved in every detail and was very grateful for anyone who helped with it. Many people saw great yeshuos by taking part in the Yeshiva’s financial needs. The Ruv Z”L said that the gabbaim should announce, “Whoever supports the boys learning in my yeshiva, it is as if he has given to me personally.” This is an exceptional promise, taking into account that the Ruv Z”L said several times, “Baruch Hashem, I never remained owing anyone a favor”.
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