Letters from the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a

Family Purity


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


Now, during the weeks of שובבי"ם, set aside time to review hilchos taharah.

Maharosh z”l would relate, that the great tzaddik, R’ Uri Strelisker studied hilchos taharah over one thousand times in his lifetime; Maharosh would say, this comes to show us, that we, who are just simple Yidden, must review these halachos frequently, in order not to be נכשל in them.

I have a gift for you; a small sefer in Yiddish, with all the halachos clearly explained; come up to Yeshiva, and I’ll give it to you.

When one is careful to fulfill everything, which says in the Torah, he will be blessed. But, when one is not careful with our holy commandments, then it is very bitter. Chazal cite (Shabbos 13.) Eliyahu Hanavi related “There was a person who was completely absorbed in the holy Torah, but died very young. His wife was overcome with bitterness, and ran around to Yeshivos and baatei midrashim, and cried “how could such a tragedy have happened? It says in the Torah (Devarim 30, 20) 'כי הוא חייך וארך ימיך', whoever learns the holy Torah, merits longevity. My husband learned so much Torah, Chumash, Mishnayos, and Gemara; how is it possible he died so young??” No one had a reply for her. Eliyahu Hanavi continued; on one occasion, I was staying at this woman’s house. She told me the entire story, and I asked her “did you keep the halachos of taharos hamishpacha?” she replied in the affirmative. So I asked her for more specific details, and she admitted that her husband was lax during the שבעה נקיים; to which Eliyahu proclaimed "ברוך המקום שהרגו" – blessed is Hashem who killed him. Because the Torah states (Vayikra 18, 19) "ואל אשה בנדת טמאתה לא תקרב".

I beg you; help me finish the construction of the building in Uman; through doing so, you are only helping yourself. Baruch Hashem, last week they finished the roof, but they still must complete the steps to be done with the entire exterior.

I spent last Shabbos with ten families who pledged ten thousand dollars for the building; I deliberated for a while, whether I should spend a Shabbos for this purpose, as there are many talmidim who help me with more than ten thousand dollars; but, the reality is, we must finish the building in Uman, to have a safe place for our children. Therefore, I made the effort to show my hakoros hatov. I also appreciate everything you do for me, and I appreciate everyone who helps me, in any way possible; I daven that you should be successful in everything you do.

Good night.