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Brachos Of Tzadikim
Chassid who was childless came to the Avnei Nezer for a Bracha to have
children. He refused to give a Bracha saying that the child may grow up to
become a priest. Although this Chassid didn’t receive a Bracha for children
from the Avnei Nazer, he did receive it from his son- the famed Shem Mishmuel
(1855-1926). What was the outcome? This Chassid had five children. Four were
killed in the Holocaust and one survived through disguising himself as a
When the Rambam (1135-1204)
was a little child, his father brought him to the Ri Migash
(1077-1141)- who was on the verge of death- to receive a Bracha. Later in life,
the Rambam remarked that his Chochma came from that Bracha.
For many years, the parents
of the Ben Ish Chai had no children. In the year 1832, his mother traveled to
Morocco to receive a Bracha from R’ Yaakov Abuchatzera. He told her, “You will
have a son that will light up the eyes of the Jewish people in righteousness.”
The following year the Ben Ish Chai was born.
Where do Tzadikim get this
from- that their Brachos come to fruition?
To understand this let us give the following analogy. Although one may be a top
surgeon, a surgery will not be successful unless he has clean utensils. The
same applies here as if one has a clean mouth then his words can be effective.
Because that a Tzadik has a pure mouth, his Brachos can have special power.
In this way we can explain לא יחל דברו ככל היצא מפיו יעשה; he shall not desecrate
his words, according to whatever comes from his mouth he shall do. Another
interpretation is: when one doesn’t profane his words (לא יחל דברו), then whatever comes from his mouth comes true (ככל היצא מפיו יעשה). Accordingly, the Brachos of Tzadikim are effective.
R’ Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’
Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from
R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. R’ Alt has written on numerous topics for various
websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of
Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate
about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.
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