Rabbi Sorotzkin served as the guest speaker at the Tashbar dinner, and when his speech was posted online, it went global.
One of the viewers submitted the following in response to the video:
My grandfather, who was born in Yerushalayim, is in his late 90’s. I went to visit him today and played him this fantastic video. As he listened carefully, he suddenly burst out crying. I stopped the clip, but he insisted: “No, continue, let me hear until the end.”
“Let me explain, I was young bochur in Summer 1942 in Yerushalayim. Hitler invaded Egypt via General Rommel and was prepaing his ‘journey’ towards Eretz Yisroel. Yidden in Yerushalayim understood the horrific consequences and the gedolim called upon the entire Yishuv Hayoshon to have a fast day יום תפילה ותענית.
The entire tzibbur gathered in Meah Sheorim and the only speaker was Reb Zalmen Sorotzkin Zt”l – who was the biggest darshon klal Yisroel had in the past century. He put on his talis, opened the Aron Koidesh, picked up his hand to the skies and started crying loudly in his most powerful voice:
“Eibershter, you wrote in the Torah, ‘ואף גם זאת בהיותם בארץ אויביהם לא מאסתים ולא געלתים לכלותם’ Hitler is at our doorstep, ISN’T THIS מאסתים? ???ISN’T THIS געלתים ????!!! The entire crowd was moaning in a loud cry. The miracle happened and Rommel got instructions to move his forces to Russia, where the Nazis lost the war….I shall never forget the scene. I’ll take it with me to the grave.
Today 76 years later, I hear Reb Zalmen’s grandson speaking with so much passion and emotion about הצלת נפשות, it all came back to me.
Do you understand why I cry?”
I was touched so deeply. I thought I should share.
(Original video below.)