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Normally, we don’t do these clips mid-week. However, like a news organization that must “stop the press” for breaking news, we sometimes hear something that is so inspiring that we have to make an exception. It is a story that is not just a Kiddush Hashem, but important for every person to know; we are living in a world, breathing the same air, and sometimes even sitting in the same room as incredible Yidden.


Last week, a chashuve Rav in the tri-state area was helping a couple that was struggling with their shalom bayis. He felt that there was hope for their relationship and suggested that the husband discuss his situation with a gadul b’yisrael- Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky, the Philadelphia Rosh Yeshiva, shlita. The Rav called to make an appointment on behalf of the couple, and secured a time for this past Sunday at 5:00 PM in Philadelphia.


At 5 PM, the Rosh Yeshiva warmly welcomed the husband into his home and then asked him for a favor, “I have to visit someone in the hospital. If possible, can we conduct our conversation in the car rather than at home?” The visitor said it would be no problem- he was happy to drive the Rosh Yeshiva.


They had their conversation in the car, and when they reached the hospital, Rav Shmuel said, “I have to go in and visit somebody. If you don’t mind waiting, we can continue the conversation when I get back.” An hour later, Rav Shmuel returned and said, “I apologize that it took me so long. I was saying good-bye to my wife and now that my chiyuv shalom bayis is ending, yours is  beginning. Let’s talk about you.”


In this week’s parsha, the Ohr HaChaim asks why the Torah makes such a big deal out of Moshe Rabbeinu splitting the yam suf. After all, we find that other tanaim, such as Rav Pinchas  ben Yair, were able to split the sea in the times of the Gemara!


The Ohr HaChaim haKadosh answers that splitting the sea after Matan Torah is “no big deal,” so to speak, and for someone like Moshe Rabbeinu. The Torah gives a person extraordinary, supernatural kochos that allows them to rise above nature. However, in this week’s parsha, Moshe Rabbinu was able to split the sea before Matan Torah, when he did not yet have the koach of Torah.


A Yid who is learning Torah for 80 years, he should be gezunt un shtark, has an ability to rise above every single natural barrier, challenge, and hurdle possible and live in a world as “מלאכים בדמות אנשים,” angles in the guise of men.


He should be gezunt un shtark and we should have simchas.