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No More Pushing!

Stop pushing
Emuna Outreach, Breslev Israel and the Beams mourn the loss of one of this generation's greatest Torah scholars, teachers and rabbinical lawgivers, Rabbi Shmuel Halevi Wosner, obs"m. The Rav was 102, the numerical equivalent of the Hebrew word emuna.

Rav Wosner's funeral ended tragically. With over 100,000 people pushing and shoving to get close to the Rav's casket at the funeral procession on Motzaei Shabbat (Saturday night), dozens were trampled and seriously injured, two of whom are now fighting for their lives. A 27-year-old rabbinical student from Elad, Moti Gerber, was crushed to death. His funeral was earlier today. He left behind a wife and a three-year old son. Moti ob"m was a student of Rav Wosner.

The holy tzaddik and Kabbalist Rabbi Yehuda Zev Leibowitz osb"m, the teacher of my esteemed and beloved teacher Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a, said countless times that there is no forgiveness in Heaven for pushing another Jew.

A few hours ago, the Vishnitzer Rebbe shlit'a said, "Pushing another person is tantamount to bloodshed". He told his Chassidim not to bother coming to his funeral if it means that someone will be pushed.

In Jewish Law we learn that a mitzvah is null and void if it was accomplished by way of a transgression. There are dozens of examples in the Gemara, such as someone who stole an animal and then offered it as a sacrifice in the Holy Temple. Pushing or hurting another person in any way while performing a mitzvah falls under this categoty, called mitzvah haba b'aveira. Not only is such a mitzvah null and void, but disgusting to Hashem. 

Our sages teach us that human decency is the prerequisite for Torah and mitzvoth. If attending a funeral or any other public gathering entails pushing, better to back off or stay away altogether. Please don't push another human, for such an act is ugly, arrogant, and totally against Torah values.

Let's maintain a happy Chol Hamoed and start loving one another. If we can't love, then at least respect one another. No more pushing!

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Brent Carter

You don't need sages to tell you that pushing people is wrong. It's common sense. I've traveled the world and I have never seen craziness with pushing like I have in Israel with ultra religious people. It really is a joke how they actually think they are "holier" than other people when in fact they lack even the basic common sense of human decency. Its a complete joke and just shows religion is more about self worship than anything else

leah

No words...no words....

Alice

Unfortunately, most of the people who need to read this will never do so (internet, English). This terrible tragedy raises the wider issue of the elevation of mitzvot bein adam leMakom over those bein adam lehavero.

s

People were pushing because of their love for the tzadik; in fact, the man who passed away was an orphan raised in the home of the tzadik. It was Hashem's will that someone who was so close to the tzadik in life should now be close to the tzadik and that his passing should be a lesson to klal Yisraael to have more derech eretz.
However, there are better way to honor a tzadik, such as to learn and spread his teachings.

Oldun

And the young children in Israel are the worst, pushing elders without any qualms or common human decency.

TSR

The comment from "S" - How absolutely shameful to justify this pushing - there is certainly no mitzva to judge this behavior favorably. And we DO NOT give religious platitudes explaining the death of 2 people that were entire worlds to now grieving families. Such comments are truly out of place!

The Rebbetzin of the Lubavitcher Rebbe ztk"l once pushed another Jew in order to save their life. Although she saved the person she still went to ask for forgiveness - WHY? - because she said for pushing another Jew one must do teshuva. She saved someone's life!!! And still felt the need for forgiveness because she could not reconcile this with the ugly act of pushing. This story shows the emes and and your comments reflect the sheker haolam and are grotesquely insensitive.

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