Letters from the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a

Hisbodedus, Good Middos


בעזרת ה' יתברך-יום ד' פרשת שמות, י"ח טבת, שנת תשעט

……student of Bais Faiga Breslev

I received your letter.

I’m happy to hear you are well behaved and conduct yourself with respect, your principal and teachers are very pleased with your behavior.

Shlomo Hamelech says (koheles 7, 1): "טוב שם משמן טוב", a good name is more valuable to a person then the finest perfumes in the world. Why? Because even when a person applies expensive oils and perfumes to oneself, only his immediate surroundings will benefit from the pleasant smell, but a good name travels from one end of the world to another. This is the way to bring nachas to your parents, by acting with respect and good middos.

I’m sure you have learnt why the holy Rebbe wanted us to call him by his mother’s name – Rabeinu Nachman ben Faiga, and not by his fathers – ben Simcha, because it was she who raised him, with yiras shomayim and holiness. The Rebbe’s father was a hidden tzaddik who spent most of his years in self afflicted wanderings, and was rarely home. His mother was the one who parented him; she would regularly visit the kever of her holy grandfather the Baal Shem Tov z”l, where she would pour her heart out, and daven to Hashem that she merit children tzaddikim.

You should follow in her footsteps; accustom yourself to speak to Hashem; for everything you need turn to him, and through doing so you will also merit to be a tzaddeikes.

May Hashem help you succeed in everything you do.