“He Is Something Else Entirely”

When a large donation was marked for “Lubavitch,” the Frierdiker Rebbe advised Reb Shlomo Aharon Kazarnovsky to consult with the Rebbe on where to direct the funds and he explained why there was no concern of bias.

During the Frierdiker Rebbe’s pioneering years in America, Reb Shlomo Aharon Kazarnovsky once received a generous donation from a philanthropist for Lubavitch. However, it wasn’t clear whether it was intended for the yeshiva or for Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch outreach activities.

When Reb Shlomo Aharon went in to the Frierdiker Rebbe to report, he shared this incident and explained the predicament.

The Frierdiker Rebbe advised that he discuss the matter with the Rebbe’s younger son-in-law, the future Rebbe.

Now, Reb Shlomo Aharon was startled. He thought to himself that the son-in-law, as the administrator of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, couldn’t possibly be objective on the matter.

The Frierdiker Rebbe sensed his thoughts, and remarked, “Er hot a de’ah shleima, a de’ah yeshoro, a de’ah chazokoh; er iz gor an andere – He has a full view, a straight view, a strong view; he is something else entirely.”

(Bedarkei Hachasidim, page 206)

From The Weekly Farbrengen by Merkaz Anash

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  1. Good site continued Yasher Koach.

    There is another version of the story, much geshmaker and it answers some obvious questions, like how could have RK be Meharer Achar Rabbi.

    Rabbi Kazarnovsky asked the FR about something and the FR answered. Then the FR suggested that he should consult with the Rebbe as well.

    RK thought that if he tells the Rebbe that the FR already answered and said I should also consult with you then the Rebbe won’t answer. So he asked the Rebbe what to do, without telling him about his answer from the FR. The Rebbe answered differently…Now RK had a real dilemma, what does he do? He is stuck.

    So he humbly went back into the FR and told theFR what he did. When the FR heard what the Rebbe’s advice was he said “Azoy, er hot a de’ah shleima, a de’ah yeshoro, a de’ah chazokoh; er iz gor an andere” and instructed RK to do as the Rebbe said!

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