INN reports the sad news of Rebbetzin Kanievsky's passing this Shabbbos. Baruch Dayan HaEmet.
Tens of thousands flocked to her modest home to hear words of encouragement and blessing. My sister-in-law visited a couple of years ago and the Rebbetzin blessed her that her daughter should find a shidduch bekarov, bekarov, bekarov. A number of months later, my niece was engaged.
The Rebbetzin was a mother all those who came to visit, praying on their behalf and taking a genuine interest in their lives. May the family find comfort betoch shaar avelei tziton viyerushalayim.
My grandfather was niftar during Chol Hamoed Sukkot quite a few years ago. As the minhag is not to say hespedim on Chol Hamoed, the family decided to gather together in a shul 30 days later to honor him and speak about his life. However, it was not to be. My grandfather's sister passed away on that day and so, we gathered together for a funeral and to remember the closeness of a brother and sister, a brother who helped take care of his sister after she became a widow. They lived their lives in modesty and didn't seek honor and words of praise even after their deaths. As I think of my grandfather tonight, on the occasion of his yarzheit, I will tell my children how he conducted his life in an an honorable fashion and served Hashem in a way that made a kiddush Hashem to all who met him.