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“The Entire Story of a Family Tragedy… Drowned in the River"

Genealogist Rabbi Naftali Vekshtein presents: "The Entire Story of a Family Tragedy… Drowned in the River."

Yochanan Weisberg 06/12/2009 17:33
On Friday, erev Shabbos parshas Vayishlash, 17 Kislev 5770, Hamodia published an interesting article on the occasion of the two hundred and forty year anniversary of the tragic death of the holy Gaon Rabbi Yoel Katz zy’a, Av Beis Din of the Kehillah of Atinia (he passed away on 17 Kislev 5530). The author of the article is genealogist Rabbi Naftali Aharon Vekshtein of Ashdod.
  
The three sons of Rabbi Yoel were famous Torah sages and great chassidic leaders in their generation. The most famous was Hagaon Hakadosh Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac of Koritz, author of the “Bris Kehunah Olam.” His brother, the author of a popular commentary on Mishnayos, “Ikar Tosafos Yom Tov,” was Hagaon Rabbi Meshulam Katz from Levov, known as one of the generation’s famous leaders.
  
According to accepted tradition, Rabbi Yoel died in a tragic accident on his way to accept the rabbinate of the Stanislaw community, having served several years in the rabbinate of Atinia. Before entering the city he was drowned along with his wife by the non-Jewish wagon driver, and three of his sons and probably their only daughter were saved.
  
However, in this article Rabbi Vekshtein reveals that this is not correct, and that not one of his family was with Rabbi Yoel on that fateful trip, except his elderly mother, the Rebbetzin from Austria, and she was the one who drowned with him. Not only that: it seems that they didn’t drown by hands of the wagon driver, but rather by an accident of the wagon turning over with its occupants.
  
This article teaches how we can stand on the accuracy of the stories of antiquity. Rabbi Vekshtein finishes his article in a summary of the essence of the conclusions: "An entire story of a family tragedy… drowned in the river.”

 
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