Gossip and Goodies
In Geulah this week I bought a somewhat battered copy of the biography of R. Yitzhak Isaac Yehuda Yehiel Safrin of Komarno. Written by Hayim Yehuda Berl, published by Mossad Harav Kook in 1965.
The Matan journal, Masechet is partially available in full-text here. Having mentioned Hassidut, I recommend the article by Uzy Fuchs (an important young Talmudist) on the Eish Kodesh, Rabbi Kalman Kalonymus Shapira of Piacezna, and his wife, Rachel Haya Miryam. The rabbi, who is best remembered today for having delivered searingly honest speeches to his followers while they were imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto, was widowed in 1937. Uzy demonstrates, in what I thought was a beautiful and touching article, how his memory of his wife coloured his description of feminine characters in the Bible - principally Miryam, whose death is accounted in the Biblical portion of Hukat, which is read at the time of year that his wife died.