#538 (s5768-27 / 4 Adar II 5768)
Although the courts found the Jewish man not guilty, he could not bearthe guilt that he killed an old man, even accidently. He wrote to the sage, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, of Bnei Brak for advice.
An Orthodox Jew from New Jersey was involved in a car accident in which he accidentally killed an old non-Jewish man. Although the courts found the Jewish man not guilty, he could not carry the pains of the guilt that he killed an old man. It gave him no peace and caused him to lose his appetite. He was unable to sleep for weeks.
decided to seek counsel from the internationally known sage, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky
of Bnei Brak. He wrote him a letter asking for a tikun - plan for soul-rectification
-- because he had accidentally killed a non-Jew.
At some point he decided to move away from his town to begin a new life. Maybe then he could stop thinking about the incident. He began searching for a new location and found a house in a nearby town that appealed to him. The owners told him that they were eager to get rid of this house which they inherited from their dead father who had been killed in a car accident.
Could it possibly be? After a short investigation, the Jew discovered that the residence belonged to the old man whom he had accidentally killed! Soon after that, in the basement of the house he found materials belonging to the deceased non-Jewish man. He was shocked to find a photograph of the old man from when he was a young man, proudly wearing an SS uniform, standing next to evil Hitler, may his name be eternally blotted out.
It turned out that this old man had been an SS officer in the Nazi army during the Holocaust years. After the war, he made his escape to the United States and hid his past. Other documents he had been preserving included a list of the names of all the Jews he personally murdered, May G-d Al-Mighty avenge their blood.
When the Jew read the names of the martyrs that were murdered, he found both of his parent's names on the list!
The Al-mighty had indeed allotted to him to be the instrument to avenge his parents' blood! It was then that he understood Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky's one word answer.
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