Rav Tzvi Pesach Frank - Sympathy For Chickens, Courage Of A Lion
RavTzvi Pesach Frank was born in Kovno in 1873. As a child he had theprivilege of hearing a drasha from Rav Yisroel Salanter. When he waslittle boy his mother once gave him some spending money. Later hismother asked him what he bought with the money and he said that he putit in the tzedoka box and davened that in the merit of his tzedoka heshould succeed in his torah study.
At age 20 after learning inLithuania under Rav Eliezer Gordon and others, he moved to EretzYisroel. In Eretz Yisroel he learned by Rav Yehoshua Leib Diskin andwas a Ben Bayis by Rav Shmuel Salant the venerated Rov of Yerushalayim. Recognizing his enormous talents despite his young age, Rav Shmuel Salant appointed him tothe Bais Din of the Eida HaChareidison which he served for over 60 years, eventually becoming the Av BaisDin and Rov of Yerushalayim. He was a key figure in setting up theChief Rabbinate in Eretz Yisroel, and he was instrumental in recruitingRav Avrohom Yitzchok HaKohen Kook to be the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi.
RavTzvi Pesach possessed the courage of a lion as he fearlessly paskenedHalacha the way he saw it, despite giving the utmost respect topreceding poskim. He earned the titles Posek HaDor, Gaon HaHora'ah, anMara D'Ara D'Yisroel. Yet when it came to dealing with the Hamon Am,Rav Tzvi Pesach had a heart of soft gold.
When a poor personwould bring to him a treif chicken to check, he would take money out ofhis pocket and tell them to buy another one. One time a poor womancame with a treif chicken. He knew this woman would be insulted if hegave her money. Rav Tzvi Pesach took the chicken to his kitchen anddisposed of it. He then asked his daughter if they had any uncookedfreshly slaughtered chickens, which they did. He then brought it outto the woman, gave it to her, and told her that after examining herchicken, he paskened that was Kosher L'Mehadrim. (Orach Tzadikkim)
Rav Tzvi Pesach was Niftar 21 Kislev 5721/1960 as he finished saying the pasuk Shema Yisroel. Yehi Zichro Boruch!