More on Baba Elazar ZT"L
Shirat Devorah has a very interesting guest post.
Kikar says that Baba Elazar said a couple hours before he was murdered, "You need to know that we must be Moser Nefesh for the Creator's honor."
Also see at that same link comment #2, which wants to say that he was MBY.
Also at Kikar, a quote from the Penei Yehoshua that the deaths of Tzaddikim who were killed by fellow Jews is NOT an atonement.
Matzav, nevertheless, has Rav Chaim Kanievsky's letter to Baba Elazar's son:
“Rav Pinchos shlita,” Rav Chaim wrote, “it is with great sadness that we heard about what happened. This is a painful gezeirah and it should be for a kapparah. May Hashem comfort you among the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.”
Also at Matzav, Rav Shteinman, Rav Karelitz, and Rav Shmuel Auerbach said we need to strengthen our Bein Adam LaHaveiro.
Just a thought that occurred to me: we had a tragic killing of a Tzaddik by a Jew at the beginning of our Babylonian exile (Gedalia Ben Ahikam) and we just experienced another one at the end of the last exile of Edom. Perhaps, these were meant to be signals to mark the beginning and the end of the exile. Just a thought.