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A Note And Some Money
There is a Minhag to give a Tzadik some money along
with a Kvitel (a written note to have salvations). This is called a
Pidyon. Where does this come from and what is the idea behind this?
The Bnei Yissaschar writes that which one goes to
a Tzadik and requests that he daven on his behalf and he gives him money for
this,the Raan in his Drashos proved that this was the
Minhag. We see this by Shaul when he went to Shmuel and wanted to give a
אין להביא לאיש האל-הים מה אתנו; we have
no gift to bring to the man of God, what do we have with us. Also, with the wife of
Yeravam when she went to Achiya Hashiloni.
The Bnei Yissaschar also tells us, from the Chozeh of
Lublin, that if the prosecutor will say, ‘Are you, the Tzadik, better than the
person coming to request that you daven for him,’ the answer is that the Tzadik
receives money for this and not that he is better.
The Minchas Elazar reports that he heard that
which they give a Kvitel to a Tzadik is not just a
request rather a strong claim. We claim from the Tzadik that we deserve better
because we are partners with the Tzadik like a Yissaschar Zevulun. When the
Tzadik does his Avoda Lishma, then the person is successful in his endeavors, is
healthy and the like. When the Zevulun is lacking in success in this world,
then it’s a sign the Yissaschar is not learning Torah and doing his Avoda
properly. So, when times are hard, the person comes to the Tzadik saying that
he is lacking in Parnassa, health and the like and it’s like he is saying to
the Tzadik you have a debt to me since I am lacking these things and in your
merit I hoped to be saved. Because he doesn’t wasn’t to tell this to the Tzadik
verbally, he shows him a Kvitel which is a more honorable way and then
the Tzadik gets the point.
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.
The following hint has been said: It is writtenויתן לו מזהב שבא ויתפלל בעדו... (Tehillim 72:15. The simple meaning is, ‘And he will give him of the gold of Sheba and he
will Daven for him.’) that through a person giving a Tzadik from his wealth, the Tzadik can
daven and perform for him salvations.