Abundant peace from heaven should descend on (the head) of our dear friend Rabbi Dovid Yehuda Zussman (Sofer) shlita, descendant of the great gaon and holy one, author of Masei L'Melech ztz"l.

Yesterday, I was privileged to attend the yaartziet memorial of the gaon and holy one from Veitzen, may his memory protect us and all the Jewish people. I was at the holy tombstone together with other members of our righteous congregation and attended the ceremonial dinner that followed. It was as magnificent as befits our congregation. The words I write is what I said in honor of the deceased tzaddik ztz"l.

"I heard a Torah insight from a Jew living in Eretz Yisrael 25 years ago. He was born in Veitzen and remembered the Masei L'Melech so I asked him for his memories. After a few moments reflection he said that he remembered a sermon that the Masei L'Melech had said on Rosh Hashanah before the blowing of the shofer (rams horn). He said:
'When Yaakov met the shepherds at the well he said to them, "The day is still long etc. give the sheep to drink and them let them pasture". The sheep refers to the Jewish people as it says in the verse in Ezekiel 34, "You are my sheep, the sheep which I pasture", meaning that before blowing the shofer the holy congregation, the Jewish people, need to wake up and cry and only after they have shed tears will the blowing of the shofar help them emerge victorious from the severity of the judgment. Thus, the verse means, give the sheep to drink i.e. bring them to tears and afterwards they can continue with the shofar blowing and coronate the king. (Teruas melech which means coronation is similar to the words reuh which means to pasture).

This formula will certainly make sweet any bitter judgment that may have been facing the Jewish people.'" Thus he ended his discourse. My blessing is a blessing of the layman to the above mentioned rabbi shlita, the descendant of the Masei L'Melech, who is busy with the holy project of accumulating and publishing the responsa and novellae of the righteous one which up until now were manuscripts and have now been compiled to create many volumes. Certainly those who lend the project a helping hand will have a share in this great mitzvah and will cause the tzaddik's lips to move in the grave. The sefer (book) "Likutei HoAri1" states that someone who causes the tzaddik lips to move will merit that the tzaddik will continue speaking so as to advocate on their behalf. He will also pray that living people should repeat his Torah, and that his fountain of wisdom will be spread out amongst all those who learn the Torah. The merit of this tzaddik will bless all those who have helped and grant them all that is good. Amen

Writing and signing with fear and awe,

Moshe Tuvia Wiessberger