Wednesday nights - Rav Benzion's Tanya shiur..........Please continue to daven for the good health of the Rebbe (Yechiel Michel ben Devorah Leah) and Rebbetzin (Feiga bas Sarah).

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Yahrtzeit: The Maor Einayim (Cheshvan 11)

Today is the yahrtzeit of the Maor Einayim, Rebbe Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl, the founder of Chernobyler Chassidus and thereby the forefather of all of its various offshoots, including Cherkass and Hornosteipel.

Go to the TWERSKI AUDIO tab above and look for two shiurim from the Rebbe about the life and teachings of the Maor Einayim.

The Maor Einayim himself says (in Yismach Lev, Shabbos - click for PDF, the main part is the paragraph starting ובדורות האחרונים) that learning the words of a tzadik is like being there at the kever and connecting with the tzadik in a very profound way. For those of us who are not in Chernobyl physically, we can still be there by learning from the holy sefer and we can then daven as if we are there.

Zechuso yagen aleinu v'al kol Yisroel!


A Simple Jew said...

Is the Meor Einayim's kever in Chernobyl? Has anyone gone there recently or is it too dangerous because of the radiation levels?

Damesek said...

I don't know the current policy in Chernobyl, but the Rebbe, shlit"a, was there a number of years back with a group of Milwaukee chevra, and I was there about four and a half years ago. We just had to show them our passports and on the way out they checked us for any radiation contamination. L'maaseh, what was once the cemetery there has been covered with cement and roads. There is an ohel there that was built approximately where the old one was. Also, Rav Aharon Chernobyler is buried there and you can also see his old beis medrash. It was used as a barracks by one side or another during some communist revolution. We danced in that shul to the Chernobyler Hakafa Nigun. It was hafladig! Zechusam Hagen aleinu!