Unity (Achdut)

Article from: Alon HaKodesh (16) Tisha B'Av Edition

There was once a well-known strict Rosh Yeshiva that helped orchestrate a special Rabbinical event in Eretz Yisrael. This sold out special event was where many of the leading Rabbanim and important people in the Orthodox Jewish world came to get some chizuk from one of our holy nations’ G’dolie HaDor. When this Rosh Yeshiva arrived at the event with his son (a young Rabbi) ticketless a few minutes after the doors closed, he was horrified to learn that the security guard was instructed not to let anyone in without a ticket. Since he helped orchestrate the event, he was initially confident that he can negotiate his way inside. After a few minutes of negotiating to no avail, the Rosh Yeshiva started losing his cool. This embarrassment in the freezing cold continued for well over an hour. In complete disbelief at his own misfortune, he was committed to telling off his colleagues as soon as the event was over.

As soon as the doors opened, with hundreds of people coming out, he quickly targeted his “friend” in the crowd and started spewing out all of the frustration built up in the last couple of hours. With a calming trick up his sleeve, his friend let him finish his yelling. Quickly he surprised him by letting him know that the Gadol HaDor is still inside, and he can make it up to him by bringing him to the Rav as a one on one meeting. Quickly the feelings of frustration were replaced with excitement as the three ran inside to have the meeting of a lifetime. When introduced to the old and wise Gadol, the friend didn’t forget to mention what happened to this important Rosh Yeshiva, who proudly happens to have some of the highest standards in his Yeshiva. With a low but strong voice, the Gadol surprised the three Rabbis with an unusual request. “Can you please tell me a little more about how you felt tonight, being outside in the freezing cold as this event was going on?”

Dumbfounded and in a bit of disbelief the Rosh Yeshiva said it must be like being in Gehinnom. Pressing for more details, the Gadol responded “can you please tell me a little more about how this was like being in Gehinnom?” In complete disbelief, the Rosh Yeshiva opened up his heart and started elaborating about how awful he felt being outside in the freezing cold. Nearly bringing himself to tears, the Rosh Yeshiva explained how terrible it was, especially being in