Thursday, November 10, 2011

R' Nosson Tzvi Finkel Zt'l


The Rosh Yeshiva Zt'l was a churning cauldron of love and joy.

Anyone who was ever in his presence can attest to feeling the love that emanated from his very essence toward others, especially his talmidim.
I remember Rosh Hashana after the first night of davening, the entire Yeshiva would line up to give and receive a Shana Tova bracha from the Rosh Yeshiva. He would stand on his feet for hours supporting his shaking hand with his other arm while his whole body was moving in all directions. Every single student got the same smile and the same drawn out L'shana Tova Tikoseiv V'sichoseim L'alter Chaim Tovim V'Shalom....every word loud and clear accompanied by a huge smile. And then he waited to answer Amen to the Bracha received. Thousands of boys...!

Watching his shiurim was breathtaking. He would stand there supported by 3 shtenders shaking like a tree in a hurricane, with this utter look of pure rapture on his face. He was the happiest man on earth when he was giving over his learning.

He took his Parkinsons Disease and turned it into a never ending dance... And I always got the feeling that those watching him struggle were more exhausted than he was..

I still cannot believe that he's not with us anymore.



Blogger Yedid Nefesh said...

I have never heard of him, but you made him sound really special. may he rest in peace

November 11, 2011 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Tribute

November 15, 2011 3:24 PM  

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