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January 13, 2010

Report: Maran Rav Elyashiv Refused To Meet With Dibuk

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishupdates @ 6:47 pm

Report: Maran Rav Elyashiv Refused To Meet With Dibuk

According to a Chadrei Chareidim (CC) report, on the day of the ceremony to attempt to remove the dibuk from the avreich from Brazil, the avreich was brought to Maran R’ Elyashiv Shlita — and Maran responded: “Go away from here. I have no business with a dibuk”. Nevertheless, he did not rule out such a possibility, adding “you can publicize it”.

CC reports another attempt is going to be made to remove the Brazilian dibuk, but this time, mekubalim will do so in a quite private unpublicized ceremony. Reports indicate the victim sought a bracha from Maran HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv Shlita, who reportedly stated “I have no business with dibuks”, agreeing to give the avreich a bracha from a distance, not in person, blessing him with good physical and spiritual health.

Talmidim close to Rav Elyashiv explained excitedly this was a continuation of the words of the Vilna Gaon. As the story goes, when a dibuk was brought before him, the Gaon stated “I want nothing to do with it”, sending him away too.

The editor of HaShavua B’Yerushalayim, Shlomo Kook, who is close to Maran R’ Elyashiv, was the only known journalist who was permitted to observe last week’s ceremony, the attempt by Mekubal HaRav David Batzri Shlita to remove the dibuk. He reported what he saw in his newspaper, in great detail. In the report, he brings the following regarding Maran R’ Elyashiv and the dibuk from Brazil.

Kook speaks of the case of the dibuk in Dimona in 5759, Pinchas ben Sofia, when Maran was asked if one is permitted to tell the story to children since not everyone believes there was a dibuk in real life. The rav responded rhetorically, “can you say for certain it wasn’t genuine?” adding, “If some are encouraged (receives a chizuk) by this, why not tell?”

This is the message this week regarding the dibuk of Brazil “whether we are dealing with a dibuk or not” the chareidi papers reported, quoting Maran R’ Elyashiv, echoing his words from 11 years ago – “if people receive a chizuk from this, why not?”

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


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