Entries in Shabbos Chazon (5)
He is referred to as “Arizal HaChai – the Living Arizal,” an epithet that is not used for other great Jews, even those who only died on account of “the serpent’s bite,” and even those of whom it is said that they “did not die” at all.
Not just those who pray in the shuls and those who learn Torah in the battei midrashos will be taken to Eretz Yisroel when Moshiach gathers the exiles to the Holy Land, not just the Torah and Mitzvos done there and the Torah scrolls housed therein will go, but also the very stones of the buildings of the shuls and battei midrashos, as well as the wood and the earth – all of it will be taken to Eretz Yisroel, to the place of the Holy Temple on Mount Moria. * How much more is this true of 770.
What is it about this particular tale that gave it the distinction of being the one and only story to be included in Seifer HaMinhagim? * When I once shared this question with a friend, he suggested that this story was included because of the great importance of distancing sadness. This answer, however, didn’t satisfy me…