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The Maharam Schick - The Quintessential Talmid

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The Maharam Schick - The Quintessential Talmid
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There were two things that distinguished Rav Moshe Schick, otherwise known as the Maharam Schick. One was his sheer desire to overcome to overcome his weak body and mind and the other being his attachment to his great Rebbe the Chasam Sofer.

The Maharam Schick was born in the year 1807 in the Bresova in Slovakia. He descended from the Tosfos Yom Tov but was not known to inherit any great mental skills from his illustrious ancestor. He childhood years were a picture of will power. While others were out playing, he sat bent over his gemara and even depriving himself of sleep, even though, as he told over to his son-in-law, he had great difficulty comprehending what he was taught. It was thanks to this extraordinary effort that, in his own words, he was to zocheh to have the fountains of wisdom opened to him. "Hashem simply pitied my incredible toil."

When he was 11 years old he went to learn in his uncle Rav Yitzchok Frenkel's yeshiva. At age 14 he entered Pressburg the prestigious yeshiva of the Chasam Sofer. When the Chasam Sofer asked a question that stumped all the older talmidim, the scrawny little 14 year old came up with an impressive answer. This impressed the Chasam Sofer, who then invited him to eat the Motza'ei Yom Kippur seudah at his table. This was the first of many meals as for the next years while in Pressburg Yeshiva, he ate at his Rebbi's table on Shabbos and Yom Tov. The Chasam Sofer affectionately referred to his as his "Seforim Shrank" since all the wisdom of torah was to be found in him.

When the town of Yeregin, near Pressburg, asked the Chasam Sofer for a recommendation for a Rov, the Chasam Sofer told them if they took the young Moshe Schick they will not regret it and will be very content with their choice for many years. He remained Rov in Yeregin for 20 years and started a successful Yeshiva. From there he moved to the town of Chust, where his Yeshiva thrived with over 800 talmidim. He also developed a warm relationship with the Yeitav Lev the grandson of the Yismach Moshe.

Before his death the Maharam Schick said that he did not miss a single word from the torah that he learned from his Rebbi, the Chasam Sofer. One time when the Maharam Schick was still in Yeregin, the Chasam Sofer walked in during a shiur he was giving. He immediately stopped and stood up, not wanting to say the Shiur in his rebbi's presence. The Chasam Sofer commanded him to continue. He then said over only Chidushim that he heard from his rebbi. After the shiur ended the Chasam Sofer said, believe me, many of these Chidushim I myself have already forgotten. It was not for nothing that it was said MiMoshe (Sofer) Ad Moshe (Schick) Lo Kam K'Moshe.

He fought against the Maskilim and published a number of seforim including on Shailos U'Tshuvos, Taryag Mitzvos, Shas, Chumash, Hagada Shel Pesach, Pirkei Avos, and Drashos. He was also noted for his protest against the law requiring each family to take on an official family name. He chose the name Schick, an acronym for Shem Yisroel Kadosh, the Jewish name is holy. He was niftar at the age of 72 on Rosh Chodesh Shevat 5639/1879. Yehi Zichro Boruch.

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