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25 Sivan 5759 - June 9, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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HaRav Shmuel Auerbach and HaRav Chaim Brim Visit Rabbi Shmuel Kornblit in Prison

by Betzalel Kahn

Many prayers were said for Rabbi Aharon Kornblit as his sentence was due to be handed down on Tuesday. The result was not available at press time.

As a result of the efforts of the Kornblit family and the askonim handing the case, all of the talmudei Torah and all of the educational institutions for girls, opened their day with the recitation of Tehillim on behalf of Rabbi Shmuel Aharon Kornblit. Minyanim throughout the country and the entire world also recited heartfelt prayers.

After shacharis, at the request of the rabbonim, Tehillim were recited in shuls all over the world. Sunday night, a large prayer rally was held in the central synagogue of Zichron Moshe, where selichos and Tehillim were recited. On Monday Rabbi Kornblit was visited by rabbonim and admorim who encouraged and bolstered him.

Rabbi Aharon Kornblit merited a visit by HaRav Shmuel Auerbach and HaRav Chaim Brim last week.

The rabbonim were met at the gates of the Ashmoret Prison by the prison's commanders, who led them to the office where Rabbi Kornblit awaited them. The rabbonim spoke with Rabbi Kornblit for a long time: blessing and warmly encouraging him. Rabbi Kornblit, who was detained in prison for over six months prior to the issuing of his sentence, suffered great physical and emotional torment during that period.

The rabbonim learned at that meeting that Rabbi Kornblit had recently gone without food for two days because prison authorities had been unable to secure food with a BaDaTz hechsher. When the food finally arrived, Rabbi Kornblit was able to break his fast and regained his strength.

At the end of the meeting in the prison office, HaRav Auerbach and HaRav Brim visited the prison itself. The two rabbonim who strode through the prison's corridors had to pass through ten gates until they reached the prison proper.

The rabbonim then entered the large auditorium in the Leshem wing (a special wing for tradition-observing prisoners) where the wing's prisoners had assembled. The excited prisoners greeted the rabbonim, who proceeded to address them. HaRav Shmuel Auerbach blessed the prisoners and HaRav Chaim Brim delivered extensive divrei his'orerus to them.

At the end of the visit, the rabbonim again blessed Rabbi Kornblit, and expressed hope for his speedy release.

At the request of prominent askonim, numerous prayers for the benefit of Rabbi Aharon Shmuel ben Miriam were said prior to the issuing of the verdict.

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