Sunday, September 19, 2021

Lech Lecha reminds me of when my father’s first cousin, Rav Avrohom Genechovsky, z’l, “walked” my first cousin and I to see Reb Chaim Kanievsky, shlita. I’ll never forget walking into the room where Rav Avrohom showed such fear and reverence of being in Reb Chaim’s presence, even though they were great chaverim and Rav Avrohom was a rosh yeshiva himself.

My first cousin asked Reb Chaim a question in learning. When we were ready to go, Rav Avrohom bowed again and feared taking up another minute of Reb Chaim’s time. This walking was for “for all of our benefit,” similar to how Rashi explains that God commanded Avraham to go as “good counsel” to bring bracha into his life. It’s interesting that on the website beinenu.com, where the parsha thoughts of gedolim are published each week, Reb Chaim’s and Rav Avrohom’s Torah often appear side by side. They lived their lives side by side with each other with Rav Avrohom always “walking” to see the gadol and humbling himself to try not to impose on his time.

Steven Genack is the author of “Articles, Anecdotes & Insights,” Genack/Genechovsky Torah from Gefen Press.

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