|Beit Midrash-Rescuing a Soul|
The 26th of Adar is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Eliezer Lippa (ben Elimelech) of Chelminik, Poland (1813). The son of the Rebbe Reb Meilich, he wrote Orach Latzadik.
Rabbi Baruch of Medziboz was seated at his meal, when a man entered. The Rabbi ordered him ejected and began to abuse him. His friend, Rabbi Avraham Dov of Chmelnik, said, "And what have you to say of this statement in Pirkei Avot (3:15), ' He who puts his fellow man to shame in public has no share in the World to Come?'"
Rabbi Baruch answered, “That man had committed a serious offense, and I have ordered him ejected and have abused him in order to save him from God's punishment. To rescue a Jewish soul, I gladly surrendered my own share in the Future World.”
I was taught by my father zt”l that there are times when, with permission and guidance of a Rebbi, I may speak harshly to a student if my intentions are constructive; I may never take this approach of Reb Baruch of shaming to rescue him from God’s punishment.