Today is the day before Rosh Hashanah
This touching story is also told to stop Rabinovitch Munkacs Rav Baruch, father of Rabbi Munkacsi about his late father-in-law, Rabbi Chaim Elazar Spira (1871-1937), known as the Minchat “Elazar.”
For a period, Reb Baruch lived with his wife in Warsaw. Later, when Minchat Elazar became ill, he asked them to return to Munkacs, Czechoslovakia, which they did.
Rabbi Baruch had a son named Nathan Tzvi Dovid. Baruch would often recall that his father-in-law loved this little boy-beloved son in Minchat Elazar is an “exaggerated”, in part because they have waited long for the first child. He wanted to play with and ” destroy “the child, and Tsvi would sit on the lap of his grandfather on the Sabbath meetings.
In the last years of his life, took Minchat Elazar the shofar on the first day of the month of Elul and tested to see if it was in good condition. Tzvi was in the room and was visibly delighted with the shofar and its sounds.
He asked his Zeid (grandfather) for an explosion, and joy Zeid necessary. Therefore, for the rest of the month, it became a ritual, the blow of the shofar Rabbi times a day for a little Tzvi. On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Tzvi was there, waiting to explode every day, but he was disappointed.
“Today is the day before Rosh Hashanah,” said the grandfather. “Today, we blow the shofar. Tomorrow morning, blow the shofar in the synagogue.”
The child did not understand the causes. He did not know why. He started and cried, “Just one breath! Just one breath!”
After some time, honed his grandfather to his grandson’s favorite son was crying and he took the shofar and blew a breath.
On Rosh Hashanah, it was the custom in the Rebbe spoke Munkacs before blowing the shofar. This year, Rabbi rose in front of the ark, opened it and said. “Master of the Universe, I need to repent, it is written that on the eve of Rosh Hashana, not blowing the shofar, but I did.”
He began to mourn without control, and shouted, “Lord of the Universe, you know why he has abandoned the custom is that my youngest son was on the floor crying and begging me to blow the shofar for him?. My heart melted, I could not bear to watch and mourn, so once blew by him, but it should have.
“Tatti (Father), how can you sit there and watch millions of children are on the ground, and yelling at you,” Tatta, just a break! Sound the shofar blast announcing the grand final redemption, but not the right time for her, however, although the time of Mashiach’s coming, his children cry to thee? How can you stand idly by ”
Rav Baruch cried when he told the story, and recalled how, when the whole crowd cried with Rabbi. The blowing of the shofar was delayed for a long time. “They could not regain their composure … sobs could be heard around the synagogue … “