Thursday, February 21, 2008

A Story About Rabbi Moshe Feinstein

Rav Moshe Feinstein, of blessed memory was a world renowned posek , which is a term used to describe someone who provides answers on questions of Jewish law through research into Biblical and Talmudic sources.
A touching story about Rav Feinstein that is widely circulated starts at the end of a long day during which the Rav taught, prayed and answered individuals with questions in Jewish law. At the end of the day, a student with a car offered the rabbi a ride home, which the rav accepted.
At the end of the ride, the student opened the door to the car. He was shocked to see that he had closed the door on Rav Feinstein's hand. The rabbi had ridden several miles without a word of complaint, let alone cries of discomfort.
When asked why he did not speak up, he replied that he did not want to cause embarrassment to the student, who had wanted to help his rabbi at the end of a long and tiring day.
It is inspiring to see someone whose devotion to Torah study manifested itself in such refinement of character. The rav's quiet act of loving extremism inspired many to emulate his concern for the feelings of others. I may never understand the smallest fraction of the Rav's scholarship, but this story has guided and inspired me since I heard it. Thank you Rav Feinstein . Your memory is a blessing to us Sphere: Related Content

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