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TehillimTools: Zichron Eliyahu: Without Sin Psalm 32:2

The 12th of Tammuz is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Eliyahu Baruch Kamai, Mirrer Rosh Yeshiva (1840-1917). A descendant of Rav Avraham, the brother of the Vilna Gaon, Rav Elya was born in Telz.  His father died when the boy was only two, and the boy’s teacher was his stepfather and future father-in-law, Rav Chaim Zev Jaffe.  Beginning in 1868, Rav Elya Baruch also succeeded Rav Chaim Zev as rabbi of the town of Shkod , Lithuania . In 1899, Rav Elya Baruch was called to serve as rosh yeshiva of the Mirrer Yeshiva. In 1901, Rav Elya Baruch also became Rav of the town of Mir .  When his co-rosh yeshiva, Rav Avraham Tiktinsky, retired in 1907, Rav Elya Baruch named his own son-in-law, Rav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, to the faculty of the yeshiva. Some of Rav Elya Baruch’s lectures were published under the title Zichron Eliyahu. He was succeeded as Rav of Mir by his son, Rav Avraham Zvi Kamai, who was massacred with 2300 of his congregants on 18 Cheshvan in 1942.


“Fortunate is the man to whom God does not count iniquity (Psalms 32:2).” Is there such a person who has no sin? Does God ignore any sin?

This verse describes a person who is committed to always approaching God without sin, and who does Teshuva each moment he faces God because he appreciates that the greatest spiritual riches await only those who desire to always approach without any sin. (Zichron Eliyahu)

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