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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Aron Patz OBM

On the 27th of Adar, Aron Patz OBM passed away enroute to Rabbainu (I think he was about to board the plane when his heart stopped. Aron was buried on Har Hazaisim Mount Olives. Many of Aron's best friends were unable to attend because they were already in Uman for Rosh Chodesh Nissan). Aron Patz was one of the first – if not the first – to join Saba when Saba started his crusade to save the world with the holy Petek of Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman. Aron told over many awesome stories that he saw first hand by Saba, including many that he was involved personally. Aron Patz was extremely strong in his belief and knowledge that the entire redemption, individual and collective is complete contingent on the publicizing of the teachings of the Tora's and holy ways of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, and more specifically on the Petek and the holy song, Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman. Aaron Patz understood that the holy Nanach books are basic and vital to life as water and air and therefor they should be dissemenated for free. Some people disagree and argue that people should have to pay, in order to establish respect for the books. This was not Aron, Aron, as soon as he got a hold of any sum of money he would invest it completely into hafatza, whether to sponsor a complete publication of a book, or to buy individual books, and give them out free. Aron was confined to a wheelchair, and those that would accompany him were familiar with him having moments where he was obviously suffering an intense internal disorder which would leave him breathless, but Aron would just shrug them off and keep going full steam ahead. Aron would travel to America and he brought Rabbi Nachman to many celebreties in Hollywood and elsewhere, including President Obama's wife's cousin (http://www.nanach.net/2008/12/nanach-approaches-us-presidency.html). These were true adventures full of Divine Providence and amazing turnabouts. Aron was truly inspirational, after meeting and speaking with him people would gain the courage and motivation to give themselves over much more to hafatza. Aron was full of dreams and schemes that he would build from the smallest breakthrough or success, and he would push hard for even remote goals. Upon hearing about a potential donor or mayfitz, or any situation that could have any potential benefit for hafatza, Aron wanted to be there right away. In his last year, Aron parted from the Keren, and forged ahead to do hafatza his way, no business, just pure free hafatza. He succeeded in putting out about 110,000 booklets and about 10,000-20,000 books, and he was just getting warmed up. Aron was very instrumental in our recent publication of 3,000 copies of the English - Story Tales, a book of about 600 pages which includes in it, Rabbi Nachman's Stories of Ancient Times, other stories and parables from Rabbainu, 180 pages of conversations of Saba Yisroel, and Tikun Haklali. Aron told us that when the book was published Saba came to him in a dream, Aran said that he had never seen Saba so happy since the start of the Keren. In the dream Saba told Aron, “I need protection”, Aron thought, what can that possibly mean, Saba doesn't need protection, Saba must mean that I (Aron) need protection, and alas he was not afforded the protection he needed. Also, about 2 weeks before his passing, Aron dreamed that he had a pile of books on his head and birds were pecking at them, very reminiscent of the dream of the Pharaoh's baker. When he told the dream over to one of the friends, the friend foolishly and jokingly interpreted the dream like that of the Baker's. Aron told the dream over to another friend who made the same critical mistake, and Aron was heard saying that after two friends interpreted the dream that way, apparently his time has come.


B”H in the coming days I'm sure many stories of Aron, and those that Aron told of Saba, are going to surface, and B”H I hope to post them. Personally I only hooked up with Aron two years ago in Uman before Rosh Hashana. This past Rosh Hashana we weren't able to make our own minyan, because we didn't have a Sefer Torah, but the year before we had a small prayer service, and I was the Chazan for most of the Tefilos (you can imagine that H”Y's coronation that year had some bonafide entertainment). This past Rosh Hashana someone brought Aron a bag with $6,000 and took down the number to a bank account where he he could deposit much more, he told Aron that the previous year he had given some token donation to Aron and received Aron's blessings, all of which came to fruition, so he was bringing Aron this donation in gratitude, and more important, in recognition of the importance and urgency of the hafatza Aron spearheaded. The money that reached Aron was the highest charity possible, Aron learned very well from Saba the importance and the purity of every cent that was designated for Rabbainu.


Aron Patz was 63 years old when he passed away (gimatria, numerical value of “Saba”), but he was extremely young, he usually shared his table with very active young people, and his spirit was on their cutting edge. Full of excitement, pep, and anticipation.


Aron's passing brings to mind the untimely passing of his friend Meir Yimini, who was also very close to Saba, and who also had the same approach to hafatza, giving away ten's of thousands of books of Rabbain for free. Both Aron and Meir are irreplaceable. We all most do our utmost to rise to a projected conception of who we can be in the light of those greats that went before us. After Meir Yimini's passing gates were opened and ten's of thousands of books and Peteks were published and disseminated in his memory, and it was a consolation. With the passing of Aron we are know that his spirit will be doubled, and B”H hafatza is going to reach a new paradigm altogether. This is a notion that is very palpable and electric amongst the Nanach.


Aron Patz, his memory an inspiration and blessing for all of Israel.

B”H in the coming days I'm sure many stories of Aron, and those that Aron told of Saba, are going to surface, and B”H I hope to post them. Personally I only hooked up with Aron two years ago in Uman before Rosh Hashana. This past Rosh Hashana we weren't able to make our own minyan, because we didn't have a Sefer Torah, but the year before we had a small prayer service, and I was the Chazan for most of the Tefilos (you can imagine that H”Y's coronation that year had some bonafide entertainment). This past Rosh Hashana someone brought Aron a bag with $6,000 and took down the number to a bank account where he he could deposit much more, he told Aron that the previous year he had given some token donation to Aron and received Aron's blessings, all of which came to fruition, so he was bringing Aron this donation in gratitude, and more important, in recognition of the importance and urgency of the hafatza Aron spearheaded. The money that reached Aron was the highest charity possible, Aron learned very well from Saba the importance and the purity of every cent that was designated for Rabbainu.


Aron Patz was 63 years old when he passed away (gimatria, numerical value of “Saba”), but he was extremely young, he usually shared his table with very active young people, and his spirit was on their cutting edge. Full of excitement, pep, and anticipation.


Aron's passing brings to mind the untimely passing of his friend Meir Yimini, who was also very close to Saba, and who also had the same approach to hafatza, giving away ten's of thousands of books of Rabbain for free. Both Aron and Meir are irreplaceable. We all most do our utmost to rise to a projected conception of who we can be in the light of those greats that went before us. After Meir Yimini's passing gates were opened and ten's of thousands of books and Peteks were published and disseminated in his memory, and it was a consolation. With the passing of Aron we are know that his spirit will be doubled, and B”H hafatza is going to reach a new paradigm altogether. This is a notion that is very palpable and electric amongst the Nanach.


Aron Patz, his memory an inspiration and blessing for all of Israel.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps a mute point - but I think that instead of using the word crusade in the phrase "Saba started his crusade", we can say instead "Saba started his campaign". The Christian Crusaders in the Middle Ages who came to the Holy Land to conquer it from the Moslems murdered many Jews in various Jewish communities along the way.