Three Generations—A Memoir
THREE GENERATIONS: in each three brothers, one of them a rebel. In the first and third generation he was named Eliezer; in the second, he had missed that name by the space of a day. Each went his own way, following a personal vision, and each died before his time.
My great-grandfather, Reb Shlomo Halfon, once said of his three sons: “My Mordecai is a devout man, and walks in God’s way; my Leizer has a sharp mind and soars high in the heavens; and my Moshe, the baby, is growing up to be a Gaon.” From the start the drama of the family took place around Leizer. At the bris of his son, Reb Shlomo Halfon surprised everyone by not giving to the Mohel the name of a dead member of the family; instead, in a moment of distraction or rebellion he cried out, “The Lord is my God and my help-Eliezer!”
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