The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 10 December 2011 / 13 Kislev 5772

The Unborn Shidduch

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

A man seeking a shidduch visited Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, seeking advice and a beracha. He was one of the many people who visit with the Torah giant during the afternoon hours. The man, in his 30s, visited the rabbi about two months ago. The teary-eyed man explained he could not find a shidduch and asked Rav Kanievsky for a beracha. The rabbi probed the man’s details somewhat and reportedly responded, “Your zivug hasn’t been born, beracha v’hatzlacha”, leaving the man in tears, apparently despondent over hearing these words.

The man recently returned to the great rabbi, this time with a smile on his face, announcing “I am engaged”. Those present were somewhat surprised, wondering how he accomplished this in the two months after hearing the rabbi’s previous words. The happy groom explained that his bride-to-be is a convert who converted a month earlier, thus explaining the great rabbi’s words “your zivug has not been born”.

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