Letters from the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a

#6 - WHEN ONE HAS AN UNWAVERING FAITH IN HASHEM HIS WORRIES FALL AWAY.
Emunah

 


בעזרת ה' יתברך-יום ב' פ' בשלח, ח' שבט, שנת תשע"ט


Dear….


I’ve heard your cry, and seen your suffering over your financial struggles; however, remember: Parnassah comes from Hashem; worries are futile.


Chazal state (Berachos 4:): “Whoever recites 'תהלה לדוד' three times a day is guaranteed Oilam Haba.” The Tefilla of 'תהלה לדוד' is written according to the Aleph-Beis, and has a Tefilla for Parnassah in the middle; this seems difficult to understand; what is the connection between saying a Tefilla written according to the Aleph-Beis, and a Tefilla on Parnassah, with Oilam Haba? R’ Nosson explains (Likutei Halachos, Krias Shema, Halacha 5, 4) “When one accustoms himself to talk to Hashem using all the Aleph-Beis, and sing Tefillos of praise to Hashem, he merits to become a righteous person.” When one is righteous, he conducts himself with Ehrlichkeit and holiness, he ultimately merits Oilam Haba. Likewise, when one internalizes the fact, that Parnassah comes only from Hashem; as we say "ואתה" – and you Hashem, "נותן להם" – grant all, "את אכלם בעתו" – their sustenance at the right moment, such a person, with an unwavering faith is also Zoche to Oilam Haba.


Therefore, dear brother; place your trust in Hashem. Why should you feel so despondent? How will despair help you? Just look how weary you become; instead reinforce your faith in Hashem, and review the following words “ממלא כל עלמין, וסובב כל עלמין, אין שום מציאות מבלעדיך כלל, ובכל תנועה ותנועה שם אלופו של עולם"; this translates as “Everything that happens comes from Hashem, and Hashem is everything that happens, there is no survival without him, and he is hidden in everything in the world”; if you constantly boost your faith with these words, your situation will become easier, and your spirits uplifted; happiness breeds success; once you will be happy, you will automatically be more successful.


May Hashem help you succeed in all your endeavors.

#5 - THE CURE, LIES IN YOUR OWN HANDS.
Emunah, Anxiety

 


בעזרת ה' יתברך-יום ב' פ' בא, ראש חודש שבט, שנת תשע"ט


Mrs….


I received the two letters you sent me.


Your salvation lies in your own hands; there is a way for you to extricate yourself from your painful situation, but you must first surrender yourself entirely to Hashem.


Hashem gave you such a wonderful life, you have a dear husband who is ehrlich, and has yiras shomayim. He learns and is blessed with good middos; you have beautiful children; why don’t you take notice of the many blessings Hashem grants you? Why are you constantly thinking of a dark future, illnesses, confusion, and death? This drives you to baseless fears, until your life comes to a stop.


The reality is, your redemption depends only in yourself. Revise the following frequently, ‘nothing can happen to me, without Hashem’s consent. I’m alive, only because Hashem granted me life to exist, and every breath I take, comes from Hashem. Everything I possess is only from Hashem.’


The more you reinforce your faith in Hashem, the sweeter and easier your life will be. Every time a frightening, or negative thought enters your mind, don’t push it away – that will just intensify your fear, instead, verbalize it, and share your angst with Hashem.


You write, that since your ……a”h passed away, you live with a dread that you might also contract the same sickness and die, Hashem Yerachem. Whenever such a thought enters your mind, instead of panicking, say to Hashem “Hashem protect me and help me, I shouldn’t develop any illnesses.” Instead of suppressing the thought, direct it as a tefilla to Hashem. As the Rebbe teaches (Likutei Maharan, chelek 1, siman 72) The more one tries to banish negative thoughts, the stronger they become. As soon as one has a bad מחשבה, he should immediately transform it into a tefilla.


I am sending you a tefilla to say every day; instead of waking your husband up at night, when all he can do is cry along with you; say this tefilla, and iy”h you will have a complete recovery.


“Hashem, help me be happy; help me not become influenced by my frightening thoughts which give me no peace. My strength is ebbing; I cannot concentrate on anything, and have no energy to my husband and children. My negative thoughts have taken me captive.


Hashem, you are the one that grants wisdom and understanding; help me conquer the yetzer hora, who has taken my mind hostage; I should start seeing the blessings in my life.


יודע מחשבות הושיעה נא! Help me dear father, I should be healthy physically, emotionally, and mentally; I should be able to think logically, and realize there is no one besides you, who controls what happens to me.


Hashem help me merit the brocha from the holy Torah (Devarim 7, 15) "והסיר ה' ממך כל חלי"; Hashem will remove every ailment from you; Chazal explain (Yerushalmi Shabbos 14, 3) 'זה רעיון', this means mental suffering. As R’ Eliezer says regarding this pasuk: (Devarim 28, 48) When one has דמיונות or bad thoughts, it is as if there is a steel yoke around his neck, choking him. Thus, I beg you dear father, remove the- עול ברזל  the steel yoke from me, and make my fears and imaginations disappear. Help me in the merit of the tzaddikim who were Moser Nefesh themselves for you; in the Zchus of R’ Shimon Bar Yochai; in the Zchus of R’ Yitzchok Luria Ashkenazi; in the Zchus of R’ Yisroel Baal Shem Tov; in the Zchus of R’ Nachman M’Breslev; in the Zchus of R’ Nosson M’Breslev, and in the Zchus of Rabeinu Eliezer Shlomo M’Breslev. יהיו לרצון אמרי פי והגיון לבי לפניך ה' צורי וגואלי, אמן כן יהי רצון.


I beg you; every time the negativity seeps into your thoughts, say this tefilla slowly, with concentration, and it will eliminate your illogical fears.

#4 - EMUNAH STRENGTHENS ONE MENTALLY.
Emunah, Anxiety

 


בעזרת ה' יתברך-יום ב' פ' בא, ראש חודש שבט, שנת תשע"ט


Mrs….


I beg you; believe that Hashem controls everything that happens. Through trusting Hashem, you will feel safer, happier, and your life will be easier in all aspects.


Emunah strengthens one mentally, and vice versa, one who lacks faith in Hashem; one who believes the world revolves around nature, and that things occur without a heavenly accounting; through spontaneity and luck –  such a person will always be subjected to frightening thoughts, and baseless fears. Likewise, when one doesn’t believe in Hashem, he will constantly blame himself for everything that transpires; he will live with an endless guilt, and bring upon himself mental illnesses, לא עלינו ולא עליכם. The only antidote for one who is weak mentally, is ‘Emunah.’


The Rebbe constantly spoke about Emunah, he cites (Likutei Maharan chelek 2, siman 5) “The most important thing for a person is Emunah, and without Emunah, a person’s life is extremely challenging. There are many ailments that come from a lack of Emunah; which are mental and emotional Illnesses that people unfortunately suffer from.” The Rebbe continues ”When a person suffers from a mental illness, rachmana litzlon; medication or alternative methods wont heal him, and even tefilla, or zchus avos cannot help him; his only way to escape from his inner darkness is through Emunah”.


Therefore, strengthen your faith in Hashem; look at the miracles Hashem granted you; a dear husband, and a beautiful child. Thank and praise Hashem, and daven to be able to feel pleasure in your life. I’m writing a tefilla for you to say every day; I guarantee, if you say this tefilla at least once a day, you will recover very soon. Say this tefilla as many times as you need to; once, twice, every time you feel worrying thoughts blurring your mind; when you feel the negativity closing in, take this tefilla and say it aloud, and you will feel things change for the better.


“Hashem, thank you for all the wonders and blessings you gave me; thank you for my dear husband, and beautiful child.


Dear father, help me be happy, and be able to feel pleasure in my life. I’m in a pit of despair; I only see darkness, and have such terrifying thoughts which dominate my life.


I beg you sweet father, help me believe everything that happens to me, is only from you. I want to live with Emunah, and feel your presence in everything I do. Hashem, see my pain, how my negative thoughts are destroying my life. I only see my flaws, and live with such a guilt over everything that occurs. This causes me to hate my own self, and I feel that I cannot endure the pain any longer.


Holy father, have pity on me! Help me think positively, and stop blaming myself for everything; help me remember everything comes only from you.


Hashem, see my tears, and feel my pain; אתה חונן לאדם דעת – you give wisdom to all; ומלמד לאנוש בינה – and you grant understanding; thus, I beg you dear father, חננו מאתך חכמה בינה ודעת, grant me the שכל to stop torturing myself with unwanted thoughts.


Hashem, I feel as if my life has no value like this; I have such conflicted thoughts; all I want is to escape. I know though, I have no where to run, only to you Hashem.


Therefore, I beg you Hashem, help me; in the merit of the tzadikim who sanctified your holy name; in the merit of our holy Avos, Avraham, Yitzchok, and Yaakov; in the merit of our holy Imahos, Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel, and Leah; in the merit of the holy Rebbe, R’ Nachman M’Breslev; in the merit of R’Nosson M’Breslev, and in the merit of Maharosh z”l, amen.


By saying this tefilla every day, you will merit a refuah shleima very soon.

#3 - THE REBBE TEACHES US TO LIVE WITH EMUNAH, AND REALIZE NOTHING IS A COINCIDENCE.
Emunah

 


בעזרת ה' יתברך-יום ב' פ' בא, ראש חודש שבט, שנת תשע"ט


Dear…..


Despite going through hard times, and feeling a strong sense of hopelessness; I beg you dear….. don’t despair, or question Hashem’s ways, chas vesholom. Continue believing with a steadfast belief, that everything Hashem does is certainly לטובה.


Chazal relate (מדרש שוחר טוב, קיח) on the pasuk (תהילים קיח) "אודך כי אניתני ותהי לי לישועה"; there was a Yid, a successful merchant, who was preparing to travel across the ocean to amass his fortune. He joined another group of merchants, and together they all invested in a large quantity of goods, and prepared to start their journey. When the day arrived, the Yid was stricken with high fever and the ship left without him. Obviously, his anguish was strong, and he couldn’t comprehend why he was punished in this manner. His plans were canceled, his hopes dashed, and in his mind, he questioned Hashem; why, despite being so ehrlich, did such a misfortune befall him? A few days later he heard the news, that the ship came under attack from pirates, and everyone was killed. When he recognized the miracle he merited, he started praising Hashem with the following pasuk (yeshayuhu 12, 1) "אודך ה' כי אנפת בי, ישב אפך ות'נחמנ'י", thank you Hashem that you chastened me, and then you comforted me.


The Rebbe’s name is hidden in this pasuk - ות'נחמנ; which emphasizes the fact, that the Rebbe instills such strong Emunah into us, and teaches us to entirely believe that there is no such thing as a coincidence. Hashem is, ממלא כל עלמין, וסובב כל עלמין, ובתוך כל עלמין, אין שום מציאות בלעדיו יתברך כלל.


Maharosh composed a tune to these words; as a bochur, Maharosh would talk to Hashem alone in the forest, and when he would feel frightened, he would sing these words to himself. As a result, he developed such a strong faith in Hashem, that nothing was able to scare him.


Sing these words to yourself 'ממלא כל עלמין...' regularly, and you will also merit unwavering faith and happiness.


Good day.


 

#2 - TRUST HASHEM.
Emunah

 


בעזרת ה' יתברך-יום א' פ' בא, כ"ט טבת, שנת תשע"ט


Dear…..


I’m sure you have heard the following vort on this weeks parsha: why Hashem commanded Moshe "בא על פרעה"; come to pharaoh, instead of "לך על פרעה"; go to pharaoh? The pshat is, Hashem was conveying to Moshe, “come, come with me to pharaoh;” meaning in whichever situation you find yourself, I am there with you. This comes to teach us, always remember, in every circumstance, Hashem is there and you have nothing to fear.


It’s time for you to emerge from your naivete, and worry which consumes you all day. Stop agonizing over the future, remember Hashem is in control, and his power is infinite; he is the one who provides parnassah, and one must surrender to him and realize ‘everything that transpires is for my benefit only.’


Strengthen your faith, and review constantly: “Hashem is in control;” by doing so, you will remove all your fears.


Chazal say (Sanhedrin 67:) A witch once wanted to cast magic on the holy Amora Reb Chanina; to which he replied "אי מסתייעת זילי עבידי, אין עוד מלבדו כתיב", you can try to work your witchcraft as much as you want, but I don’t fear you, because I believe in the holy Torah which states (Devarim 4, 35); "אין עוד מלבדו"; when one completely believes in Hashem, nothing in the world has the power to harm him; no דינים  or sorcery can manipulate control over him.


May Hashem help you succeed in all your endeavors.

#1 - DON'T QUESTION HASHEM'S WAYS
R' Nosson, Emunah, Negel Vasser

 


בעזרת השם יתברך פ' ויחי, צום עשרה בטבת, שנת תשע"ט


Mrs.....


I received your letter.


Maharosh would say "every question is another קליפה. "Tzadikim would say ( tehillim 79, 10) "למה יאמרו הגוים", a goy says "למה"-why? And a yid says " I believe everything Hashem does, is accounted for".


Our duty is to do everything Hashem asks us to, without questions and without reasons. Hashem commands us to instill fear of heaven into our children; if we shall, we will then merit nachas. One is not allowed to then  question 'why by so and so did the children leave yiddishkeit rachmana litzlon, even though the parents did everything to instill in them fear of heaven?' In such situations one must not lesson his emunah- faith in the words of tzadikim.


At the last ladies gathering I told a story Maharosh would tell, how a woman came to the holy Steipler Goan z"l and cried bitterly over her children which had left yiddishkeit, and in general over the tzaar gidul banim she was going through. The Steipler Goan simply asked her: " Do you wash negel vasser every morning?" The woman became embarrassed and admitted 'no' she does not. The holy Steipler then asked her "so what do you want from me? if you don't wash negel vasser the tumuah from at night stays on your hands, and then whatever you touch becomes tumauh, resulting in the entire house being filled with tumuah rachmana litzlon. What can I do if you alone caused your suffering?" I told this story for it to be a chizuk to all the women they should be careful that their children prepare negel vasser before going to sleep, and not get out of bed without it. You write that after hearing this, you became extremely broken, and cried bitterly over your siblings; that your parents did everything in the world to have holy children, they washed negel vasser etc. and still several of them left yiddishkeit.


First of all, look at yourself. Why did your parents merit such a child like you? With such a strong emunah and tznius (modesty) etc. Secondly we  cannot question hashems ways; we have to do what we have to, and Hashem will do what is good in his eyes. Thirdly I ask you: be strong with all your כוחות to continue raising your children with holiness and purity. Don't let the yetzer hora break you, he will do anything to be able to take you away from your family.


Today is the yartzeit of the holy R' Nosson z"l, he would say "when I have all the tricks and plans how to battle the yetzer hora, he then comes to me with a new tactic, one I didn't even think is possible". This is the yetzer hora's way to cause pain and suffering uniquely to everyone.


Prepare negel vasser with simcha each night for your children, be careful with all the halachos and minhagim, and through this you will merit to build a beautiful home.