Wednesday, Sep 21, 2022

Bereft

Torah, Torah chigri sak

V’hisfalshi b’aifer

Tears do flow on every face

Of each yodeia sefer

 

A living Sefer Torah

Each breath an education

From that home, Rechov Rashbam

A light unto our nation

 

Shall I list the seforim

In which he was proficient

Ten pages in this paper

Would not be sufficient

 

Bavli, Yerushalmi

Tanach, Sifri, Safra

Rabbah and Tanchuma

Mishnah and so much more

 

Seforim on each topic

Esoteric as they may seem

Rav Chaim’s great proficiency

On every Torah theme

 

From shortly after chatzos

For the churban he would cry

Then Zohar, Tehillim and Tanach

As hours passed him by

 

A district seder he would make

From Midnight until day

Only Malachai Hashem

I thought could learn that way

 

Mishnah Berurah, Rambam,

Then the Tur, Shulchan Aruch next

Bavli, Yerushalmi, Medrash

As the clock would tick toward netz

 

Kisvei Ari and then Ramchal

And then he would write Torah

Each night from after chatzos

Until the morning’s orah

 

All Torah on his fingertips

Nothing was above him

Kol “Siach” tadshei v’saria

Ad karnei chagavim

 

Zeraim, Taharos, tefillah

For any Rambam a mekor

Sugyos no one understood

He opened up the door

 

His own door forever open

To any Yid in need

Together with his rebbetzin

Every cry they’d heed

 

From every corner of the world

When pain struck anytime

Illness, pain, financial woes

“Please! Someone call Rav Chaim!”

 

Sefardim, Ashkenazim

Gedolim and ketanim

Every day, kabbolas kohol

Never bein hazemanim

 

Cheder yingelach, soccer kings

Some who hardly knew

Yet Rav Chaim was mekabel them

With his love for any Jew

 

Indeed, he never refused a plea

To anyone in pain

His words though few

Soothed every Jew

As they resounded with amein!

 

Mofsim! Awesome miracles

With Rav Chaim’s a vort

As thousands clamored for a glimpse

Into his holy court

 

Each year a siyum he did make

On kol haTorah kulah

The only words, Sar HaTorah

Depict the “Torah ruler”

 

The smile for a geshmake vort

The twinkle for a chiddush

Whether the speaker spoke Ivrit

French, English or Yiddish

 

Every Yid connected

A language universal

Toraseinu hakedoshah

Was his only dispersal

 

What can I say?

What can I write?

I do not know how we will go

In a world without Rav Chaim

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