The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 9 June 2007 / 23 Sivan 5767

Health or Long Life?

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
When the famous Gaon Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer was engaged to the outstanding daughter of a renowned and wealthy Jew he became seriously ill and offered to release her from her agreement to marry him. She defied the wishes of her family by insisting on remaining loyal and the question was finally put to the Chafetz Chaim.

"Some people are healthy and others live long" was his prophecy, which was fulfilled as Rabbi Isser Zalman lived till eighty-four as one of the Torah giants of his generation.

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