The Jewish Eye
In Teves 1923, there was a meeting of the Central Council of the World Agudas Israel in Breslau, Germany. Important rabbanim and community leaders of many countries attended the meeting. Among those present was R' Elchonon Wasserman, a talmid muvhak of the Chofetz Chaim and the Rosh Yeshivah of Baranovich, who was famed for his purity and tzidkus. Crowds of people surrounded the rabbanim, hoping to catch a glimpse of the famous Gedolim. R' Elchonon, whose countenance radiated kedusha was particularly sought out by the crowd.
In the course of the conference, a highly secret matter was brought up for discussion. The chairman of the conference, Rabbi Jacob Rosenheim, requested that anyone present who had not been specifically invited to the meeting should leave the room for a short while. Almost everybody complied with the request, but a few remained. The chairman stood up again and announced that he is ready to call in ushers to forcible remove those who were not invited.
Silence reigned in the hall, but no one moved. The chairman repeated his request for a third time. Suddenly, R' Elchonon stood up and quietly began leaving the room. Others followed, and soon only the invited participants remained. R' Elchonon then returned to his seat. Those present at the meeting could not hide their awe of R' Elchonon's humility. (Source: R' Elchonon)
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