Letters from the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a

#2 - THROUGH TEHILLIM ONE MERITS TESHUVAH
Hisbodedus, Tehillim, Teshuva, מעביר סדרה, שובבי"ם

בעזרת השם יתברך-יום א', פ' שמות, ט"ו טבת, שנת תשע"ט


Lekuvid.....


 With thanks to Hashem we enter the holy days of שובבי"ם, the Ari Hakodesh would say (שער רוח הקודש, תיקון כז) "during the days of שובבי"ם one can repent for all his sins, especially for the aveira of פגם הברית; whoever commits this aveira cuts himself off from Hashem, but during these days it's possible to rectify everything".


The only question is "what can I do?" And "where do I start?" We have sunken so deeply into this aveira we cannot see a way out. The Ari Hakodesh says, that the tikkun for this aveira is to fast for 84 days. (For each time separately.) If you make a calculation, one would have to live for thousands of years, just to have enough days in his life to rectify all the times he committed this aveira. So where does one start?


The holy rebbe says (Chai Maharan, siman 491) "One that knows of me; why should he fast?, And one that is not aware of me; fasting won't help him". If one knows of the teachings of the holy rebbe, one knows that doing tshuvah doesn't entail impossible avodas or affliction. And if one does not have the עצות of the holy rebbe fasting alone won't help him.


The rebbe also said "if I would have only known of this when I was young, what one can achieve by simply talking to Hashem, I would not have tormented myself with such עבודות, only utilized my time talking to him.


The holy rebbe says further (Chai Maharan chelek 2, siman 73) "מי שרוצה לזכות לתשובה, יהיה רגיל באמירת תהלים, כי אמירת תהלים מסגל לתשובה", whoever wants to attain tshuvah should say tehillim; therefore now, that we have entered the ימי השובבי"ם, find the time every day to say the yom tehillim.


The rebbe would say, we have to thank the tzaddik R' Refoel from Bershid z"l, a talmud of the holy R' Pinchas Koritzer z"l; he was the one that introduced to the world that one should say tehillim even without feelings or emotions. He taught his talmidim "better to say a kapitel without emotions, the עיקר is to say tehillim". The rebbe praised this, because it encouraged people to start saying tehillim.


Today we start Sefer Shemos. Listen to what Maharosh would say, start being מעביר סדרה at the beginning of the week. Don't postpone it for Friday or Shabbos, instead learn a little every day, and you'll merit to have a blessed week with an abundance of success. If one pushes it off until Friday, the entire week can go by without being מעביר סדרה, and it can cost you a hefty price heaven forbid. Therefore, start from Sunday, learn a little every day, and this will protect you the entire week.


Take a minute to contemplate, and see how your days fly by like a shadow. "כצל ימינו על הארץ ואין מקוה" and chazal say in regard to this (bereishis rabah 96, 2) "הלואי כצילו של כותל, או כצילו של אילן, אלא כצלו עוף בשעה שהוא עף" halevai our days be like a shadow on the wall, or like the shadow of a tree which take time until they pass by, but instead a persons life is swifter than that, it flies by, like the shadow of a bird in the sky.


The new year just started, and this week we are already up to Sefer Shemos; make a calculation if you were מעביר סדרה every week until now, if you learnt the parsha with the chumash and Rashi. Yesterday night we made a siyum on mesechtes Damai from talmud Yerushalmi; every  morning the children, bochurim and avreichim all learn a daf Bavli and Yerushalmi together. We had a melave malka, and a siyum, we thanked Hashem for the miracle that he did with us, that we merited to be connected to the holy rebbe, and to be part of 'Hichel Hakodesh'. That we have a rebbe which constantly reminds us, not to let ourselves be fooled.


The holy rebbe would say (sichas haran, siman 51) : את זה תקבלו מאתי, שלא להניח עצמו להעולם להטעות", this is what you should be מקבל from me: "the world fools you; keep your eyes open not to be fooled". Maharosh would review this all the time, he would say, this sichah is a compass for the person. Just as a compass guides a sailor at sea, and it is crucial in steering the ship in the right direction; likewise one has to stay focused, am I doing what is right? Or am I concerned only with others, and  neglecting to look at myself?!


Tomorrow night will iyh be another chasunah here in yeshiva; we are slowly able to see how every word Maharosh said, is being fulfilled.


May Hashem grant you success in all your endeavors.

#1 - DON'T LET YOUR NESHUMA STARVE
Chinuch, Sholom Bayis, Mishnayos, Limud HaTorah, Gemoroh, מעביר סדרה

בעזרת השם יתברך-ליל ג' פ' ויחי, אור לי"א טבת, שנת תשע"ט


Lekuvid.....


Just imagine how famished your neshuma is when you fail to learn Torah...... Think of how you felt today when you fasted, you didn't have strength for anything, and all day your mind was focused on 'when can I break my fast already?' This is only when the גוף - the body fasts. In comparison when days and weeks go by, and the neshuma isn't fed and satisfied with Torah you cannot imagine how weak and exhausted the neshuma becomes.


Therefore I ask you, take a Chumash and be מעביר סדרה. Even though the custom is to refrain from learning mikra at night, if you learn it together with Rashi and Targum then it is permitted. Don't wait until Friday to finish the chumash, remember what our holy sages taught us "אל תאמר לכשאפנה אשנה, שמא לא תפנה" Don't say "when I'll have extra time and all will be settled, then I'll learn". NOW is the time to learn Torah.


You should continue with mishnayos - even if you don't understand the meaning, just say the words. Mishnayos has a great power to change a person 'מן הקצה אל הקצה' - even if a person is already trapped in his aveiros,  mishnayos can save him. The holy rebbe would say (sichas haran, siman 19) "even if a person is already lying in שאול תחתית, but he establishes a shiur for himself in mishnayos, and makes sure to learn כך וכך (a certain amount) every day, the koach of Torah will cleanse him and purify him.


Make sure also to learn a daf gemara. Our Sages z"l state (tosefta parah 4, 4) "רבי עקיבא אומר זמר בה תדירא - זמר", tzaddikim say this is an expression of severing, cutting off completely. When you learn Torah you sever all the קליפות that are created through your sins.


When you learn a daf gemara every day you merit to finish the entire shas after 7 years. We started learning shas 7 years ago, during the summer of 5772, iyh next year parshas vayigash we will finish the entire shas. We have already rented out the 'Crown Plaza Hotel' for shabbos vayigash 5780 in honor of the siyum. We will spend a beautiful shabbos together and celebrate the siyum hashas.


In Hichel Hakodesh it's not practical to celebrate every siyum;  someone who follows the 'seder derech halimud' - (the rebbe's directive of learning) could make a siyum every other day.... Even so, I want to make a special siyum hashas to encourage my talmidim to learn a daf a day. Maharosh quotes from the goan R' Sheftil z"l the son of the של"ה הקדוש, which he writes in his צוואה - (will) (at the end of sefer יש נוחלין) "learning a daf gemara every day is chiyuv just like tefillin".


Learn your shiur gemara at home; this will transform your home. When your wife will see you learning, she will respect you, and when your children will see it they will want to emulate you. Children naturally want to imitate their parents. If you learn, your children will learn, but if you spend your time playing with your phone, you can be sure your children will do the same.


I hope you read the letters I send you. Good night.