The nefilah refers to a massive explosion in the city of Lemberg [Lwiw, Ukraine], which shattered the Jewish quarter in an instant, surrounding it by fire. Many houses crumbled, and about 36 people were killed. Amongst them was the Pnei Yehoshua’s wife [Leah] and daughter [Gitel].
The Pnei Yehushua, Rabbi Yaakov Yehoshua, eventually the rav of this town, was also trapped inside a burning house. He realized that there was no escape for him. He closed his eyes and made a promise to Hashem, “If I find my way out, I’ll publish my chidushim in a sefer.” He opened his eyes and found a pathway out of the danger.
Indeed he found his way out, but alas, this wasn’t the case for his wife and his daughter and many more.
𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐀𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐫 𝐁𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐝𝐚𝐲?
Present them with the gift of their heritage — their very own family tree!
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