The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 24 January 2009 / 28 Tevet 5769

Why Aren't You Eating?

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

A charming story about the great Torah leader and Rosh Hayeshiva of the Ponevez Yeshiva in Bnei Break gives us an insight into the sensitivity to others that characterized his entire life.

When Rav Eliezer Shach, zatzal, was a little boy at his mother's table he somehow was overlooked when portions were handed out to him and his siblings. Upon noticing that he wasn't eating his mother asked him "Why aren't you eating?"

Rather than embarrass her by pointing out that she had forgotten to give him a portion of the meal, little Eliezer simply replied:

"Because I can’t find my fork."

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