November 8th, 2011

Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, Rosh Yeshiva at Mir, Jerusalem

Remembered kindly by Shmarya at FailedMessiah.

'I quite obviously don't share much, if any, of the worldview of Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel.

But it's still sad to see him go.

As haredi gedolim go these days, he was pretty good guy who understood there were legitamate shades of gray in the world.

Maybe that's because he heard his mother talk about growing up in her tiny old neighborhood, which was filled with hasidim (many from Chabad rebbes but not from Lubavitch), former hasidim (same), Litvaks and former Litvaks, socialists, communists, Bundists and Zionists of all stripes, and where almost everyone somehow got along – even if they wouldn't daven at that other shul.'

A lesson in coexistence. The memory of the righteous is a blessing.