YOM KIPPUR STORIES
An Interesting Halachic Ruling
One Yom Kippur, the gabbai (synagogue beadle) told Rabbi Chaim Sandzer that a certain
congregant, wealthy and miserly, had fainted from the fast and needed some water.
Rabbi Sandzer said that he could have only spoonful of water.
A few minutes later, the gabbai returned, saying the water had helped but that the
congregant had fainted again. The congregant said he needed a little more water.
The Rabbi responded that he could have as much water as he liked but that he would have to
give 100 dollars to charity for each spoonful of water. Though the gabbai was surprised at
this ruling, the Rabbi insisted. When the revived congregant heard the Rabbis new
ruling, he suddenly was no longer thirsty and continued davening without the need of more
Whos Hitting Who?
The Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Israel Meir HaCohen, was expounding the customs of Yom Kippur.
Referring to the practice of beating ones heart when reciting the confession of
sins, he explained: G-d does not forgive those who smite their heart but he pardons those
whose heart smites them for the sins they committed.
Last Minute Redemption
On the eve of Yom Kippur, Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik of Brisk was told that a wealthy
congregant had gone bankrupt and was being held in the debtors prison until he would
pay five thousand rubles.
That evening when the Kol Nidre was to be said, Rabbi Soloveitchik addressed the
congregation. "Jews, compassionate children of compassionate parents, I have decided
that Kol Nidre will not be said until our more affluent congregants will pledge to provide
five thousand rubles so we can liberate our bankrupt fellow congregant from prison right
after Yom Kippur. Only after the five thousand rubles were collected did Rabbi
Soloveitchik permit the saying of Kol Nidre.
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