Letters from the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a

Kibud Av V'eim

בעזרת ה' יתברך-יום א' פרשת תרומה, כ"ח שבט, שנת תשע"ט


Call your parents every day; Maharosh would make sure to call his father every single day after Shachris.

Discuss what is going on in your life with them, tell them about your children – understandably only positive things; don’t recount your problems, parents don’t want to hear their children complaining, they already had their share of hardships while raising you, now is the time to bring them only Nachas. What can I say? There is no greater Mitzva than bringing pleasure to your father or your mother.

The fact that your parents are upset at you that you affiliate with Breslev – this will certainly pass. They only mean your benefit – they unfortunately heard Lashon Hora on Breslev, especially on Hichel Hakodesh and therefore they are angry that you associate yourself with such a place.

The Rebbe said (Sichas Haran, 182): “People don’t oppose me; in their minds they created a vision of who I am, and that is the person they oppose.” The Rebbe concludes “Rightfully so; I also oppose that person; someone who conducts himself in such a manner is someone I also fight against.” People have no clue what Breslev is about; they think it is just a haven for משוגעים.

You remain strong and conduct yourself according to the עצות the Rebbe teaches us; continue to honor your parents, and if they bring up the subject of Breslev, just remain quiet. Don’t answer or argue with them, and you will see their anger will subside.

Good night.