Lakewood rosh yeshivah Rav Yeruchem Olshin marked the start of bein hazmanim by traveling to Otisville, New York, where he visited Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin.
The Rosh Yeshivah shared something he’d heard from the mother of a young bochur named Lazer Galperin. Lazer, who as a five-year-old was critically injured in 2010 with third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body when a horrific fire decimated the family’s Kiryat Malachi home, had miraculously survived and defied doctors’ dire predictions. He lost both legs and has undergone years of complicated surgeries, therapies, and painful treatments, but his smile remains radiant as ever.
Lazer is currently being treated in Philadelphia and has been living in Lakewood for the past few months. His recent bar mitzvah was celebrated in spectacular fashion in the yeshivah community, where his new classmates at the Lakewood Cheder and many new neighbors and friends joined forces to make the event extra special.
When he went to receive Rav Yeruchem’s brachah, his mother remarked that the Beis Hamikdash was destroyed because of sinas chinam, “but the ahavas chinam that we, Lubavitcher chassidim, feel here in Lakewood will certainly rebuild it.”
This was the hopeful thought that the Lakewood Rosh Yeshivah brought a Lubavitcher chassid awaiting his own miracle.