Rabbi Pesach Sperlin, Director of Mesivta Ateres Menachem and Chabad of Montreal West, is a certified Mohel who has not performed a Bris in years. Yet recently, after an incredible dream, he decided to be the Mohel of a child who finally had his Bris performed at 10 weeks old.
On the 7th of Teves, Simi and Chana Wenger gave birth to a baby boy. Being that he was very small, he had to be hospitalized for a while. After some complications, the baby suffered a huge setback and was hooked up to ventilators and sedated. The entire community was asked to say Tehillim for “Tinok ben Esther Chana.”
The Tefillos helped, and the baby was able to come home on Shushan Purim Katan (15th of Adar Alef). His Bris was scheduled for Tuesday, the 21st of Adar Alef.
With many in attendance at the Chabad Jewish Russian Community Centre, the baby was named Ori Yosef after his great grandfather Rabbi Ori Shontal OBM, who had been the director of Beth Rivkah in France.
During the meal, Rabbi Sperlin was asked if he could share the story that prompted him to perform the bris. “When Simi first asked me to be the Mohel I declined,” he said. “I had stopped performing Brissim in order to focus on my work at the Chabad House and the Mesivta and I figured that if I make an exception this time, then I will have to make many more exceptions. Simi reminded me of how his father used to always tell me that Hashem gave me a skill and I should use it.”
A few nights later, Rabbi Sperlin had a vivid dream featuring Rabbi Eliezer Wenger OBM, the baby’s grandfather and a noted author, educator and expert on Halacha and Dikduk. Rabbi Wenger had passed away on the 22nd of Adar, 5770.
In the dream, Rabbi Wenger was laughing and he asked Rabbi Sperlin if he wants to know why he is laughing. So Rabbi Sperlin responded, “why?” Rabbi Wenger answered him that his son had a baby boy. Then Rabbi Wenger proceeded to ask him if he wants to know which son. He told him Simi and Rabbi Sperlin wished him Mazal Tov. “Rabbi Wenger told me that in order to believe that this is happening, I will find a picture of me saying Birchos Kohanim at Simi’s wedding in my middle drawer,” continued Rabbi Sperlin.
When Rabbi Sperlin awoke he went to check to his desk and opened the middle drawer. Inside, he found a photo of himself reciting Birkas Kohanim next to Rabbi Wenger Z”l at the wedding of Simi and Chana Wenger.
In another little interesting twist, the baby’s great grandfather, for whom he is named, also appears in the photo.
“I immediately messaged Simi to tell him that if he insists I would perform the Bris after all,” concluded Rabbi Sperlin.
May Ori Yosef Wenger, whose grandfather is watching over from heaven, bring Nachas and strength to his parents and everyone he meets.