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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rav Wosner asks a Kallah for a Blessing

My translated summary of a story found on Kikar:

A Shidduch was made between 2 Hasidic families in Hutz La'aretz, where the Hatan is described as a Matmid, but unfortunately, the Hatan contracted a bad sickness. B"H, they caught it early and successfully passed through his first stage of treatment. The Hatan's family went over to the Kallah's family and said, "Under the circumstances, we totally understand if you want to break up the Shidduch." The Kallah refused and said that she's happy with whom she chose, and if she chooses someone else, who knows how long he will live anyways.

The Hatan's family were happy to hear her words, but nevertheless said that she's doing it because she feels bad, but according to Yashrut and Din, she really should break up the Shidduch. Since they didn't know what to do, they called Rav Wosner Shlit"a and asked him what he thinks and they would abide by his ruling. When Rav Wosner heard the question, he said, "It has been a long time since I sat on a Beit Din, but for such a Din Torah, I want to sit on a Beit Din and listen to the claims of each side."

At the appointed date, the families flew to Eretz Yisrael and went to Rav Wosner's Beit Din. Rav Wosner heard both sides of the argument and ruled that according to the Din, the Shidduch could be broken. The Kallah then asked Rav Wosner if the Shidduch must be broken or if she merely has permission to break it. Rav Wosner told her that she can go on with the Shidduch if she so desires.

The Kallah replied, "If so, I want to go on with the Shidduch. Rav Wosner, please give us a Beracha that the Shidduch should be successful and that the Hatan should have length of days, and that he will be healthy from now on."

When Rav Wosner heard the Kallah's words, he broke out crying, and after a few long minutes that seemed to everyone like an eternity, Rav Wosner said, "This Kallah does not need my Beracha after such an act of courage. I don't need to bless you - rather, I request that you bless me that I should have length of days and continue to disseminate Torah."


At Tue Jun 19, 11:26:00 AM 2012, Blogger Devorah said...

Thank you for alerting us to such a wonderful story. May you and your family be blessed as well.

At Tue Jun 19, 01:45:00 PM 2012, Blogger Leah said...


At Tue Jun 19, 05:14:00 PM 2012, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Is Rav Shmuel Wosner 99 years old? We are speaking about Rav Shmuel Wosner Shlit"a, right?

At Tue Jun 19, 05:19:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

Yes. According to Wikipedia, he was born in 1913.

At Wed Jul 12, 03:50:00 PM 2017, Anonymous Gershon George Wynschenk said...

Alevai I could merit a bracha for such a Kallah.


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