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Hashem's Unlikely Shaliach And His Faithful Follower
During the dark days of the Holocaust, a seventeen year old boy named Chaim Tzvi Solomon who learned in a chassidishe yeshivah in Hungary was rounded up for slave labor. Before he left the yeshivah, he approached the Rebbe of Saklid, and asked for a bracha. The Rebbe placed his two hands on him and said, "Promise me that you will maintain a constant connection between yourself and the Borei Olam." The bachur was very moved by his words and he gave his promise. The Rebbe again placed his hands on his head and said, "This connection will guard you everywhere you go."
Chaim Tzvi, whose parents and seven siblings were sent to their deaths in Auschwitz, not only maintained his connection to Hashem, but put on his tefillin every day. He took them with him everywhere he went, even to slave labor. Once, the Germans decided to conduct a search, and they told everybody to remove their clothing. In a flash, while everybody was undressing, Chaim Tzvi dug a small hole in the earth and placed his tefillin inside it. He stood on top of the hole, but one of the Germans noticed what he was doing. Chaim Tzvi whispered in his ear that he wouldn't gain anything from what he had placed in the hole, but he would gain from what he would give to him. He took out an expensive gold watch and gave it to the German, and incredibly, the German left him alone.
Chaim Tzvi continued to maintain his connection with Hashem, and with great mesiras nefesh strived to fulfill as many mitzvos as he could. He survived until the liberation, and eventually returned to his hometown. There, he found everything destroyed - in complete shambles.
Chaim Tzvi sat on a stone and began to weep over the churban. With bitter tears, he davened to Hashem, "I'm willing to forego everything except for the ancient Sifrei Torah which were in my father's shul. Ribbono Shel Olam, if the Sifrei Torah are still in this area, help me to find them."
These sifrei Torah were extremely ancient, and the ksav was unusually mehudar. All the rabbanim and talmidei chachamim of the area always preferred to read from these sifrei Torah.
Suddenly, Chaim Tzvi heard the sound of loud barking. He opened his eyes and saw a dog running towards him. As it got closer, he recognized it as the dog that used to belong to his family and which they had used as a guard dog for his father's factory. The dog was barking frantically in a way that Chaim Tzvi, in all the years of the dog's faithful service, had never heard before. Chaim Tzvi sensed that the dog was trying to tell him something.
As Chaim Tzvi stood up, the dog began to run, and Chaim Tzvi ran after him. The dog ran to the edge of the town, next to a wheat field. The dog stopped and began to dig with his feet into the ground. Chaim Tzvi started to dig as well, but he found nothing. He almost gave up and left but the dog refused to move; he continued to bark and dig with his feet. Chaim Tzvi started to dig again. When he had reached a depth of two and a half meters, he heard the sound of metal. After digging another few centimeters, he found a huge metal suitcase. Inside the suitcase were the two Sifrei Torah, completely intact. The dog, however, did not calm down, and continued to bark. Chaim Tzvi continued to dig, and tens of centimeters deeper, he found a box filled with a huge sum of money. It was his father's fortune that he had managed to hide together with the Sifrei Torah before he was taken away. A week later, the dog died. (Source: Aleinu Leshabeach)
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