Letters from the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a

Hischazkus, Yiras Shomayim, Shidduch, Nachas, Bochur


בעזרת ה' יתברך-יום ה' פ' שמות, י"ט טבת, שנת תשעט


The chasunah which took place in yeshiva this week brings me great pleasure.

When we opened our cheder in Williamsburg for the first time; Maharosh z”l regaled that years ago, the person which headed the Breslev shul in Williamsburg was lamenting how hard his job was, and that there are times when he barely  has minyan. While standing on the street in conversation, a school bus passed by, and Maharosh turned to him and said, “give it some time, and buses with ‘Talmud Torah Breslev’ emblazoned on their side will encircle Williamsburg.” The latter replied “you‘re most certainly dreaming; there will never be such a thing”. Maharosh then smiled and said “Baruch Hashem that my dream has become a reality.” Maharosh then requested that we drive past his house, so he can show his rebbetzin the beautiful Mosdos we founded, which follows the teachings of the holy Rebbe.

During the chasunah I thought to myself: ‘one can truly see how Maharoshs vision became a reality;’ Maharosh wrote an endless number of letters on this subject, (see קונטרס לב אבות על בנים; ארך אפים אות ד', ועוד) that one should not waste time and money on expensive simchas, only to celebrate them simply.

On many occasions, Maharosh would ask the bochurim in Yeshiva: “what does a bachur really need? Only one thing, to find their shidduch.” Maharosh would say, all that is necessary is a minyan, and a tallis for the chuppah, and that is it! A bachur’s wish is to be able to quote the בת קיסר who said to the בן מלך after years of yearning for her shidduch (סוף סיפורי מעשיות מעשה ב', ממלך וקיסר) “and now בן מלך we have each other, it is time to go home.” Thanks to Hashem the unimaginable is now coming to fruition.

Someone came over to me during the chasunah and remarked “there is nothing lacking from this simcha, it is so beautiful, but one thing is missing; Maharosh should be sitting here with his famous smile, and be witness, that his hard work was not for naught.” I replied “Maharosh is here! where else would he be?” there, where one learns and reviews the lessons of a tzaddik, and conducts themselves according to his teachings, that is where the tzaddiks neshoma is. The holy Zohar brings (parshas acherei, daf 71:): “A tzaddiks presence is stronger once he has left the world, even more then when he was still alive”.

Tonight, there will iyh be a shiur; don’t make excuses why not to come, even though you think it’s the same old stuff as every week. When the yetzer hora tries too dissuade you with the argument “what is the point? You hear the same דיבורים week after week,” answer him: “and what is your chiddush? The same aveiros again and again……”

True, we will review the same thing as every week; I daven to Hashem that he should help me find a way into everyone’s hearts, and I should repeat only what Maharosh taught us all these years. First and foremost, Emunah; the seder derech halimud – the Rebbes directive of learning and התחדשות, starting anew. The importance of sholom bayis; the chinuch of our sons and daughters; and how careful one must be with his behavior at home, because despite their young age, children absorb and understand everything that occurs.

Use extra caution with your conduct at home, if one wishes to merit nachas, he must behave himself with yiras shomayim. A child which sees that his father is a sample of yiras shomayim, he prepares negel vasser before bedtime; he recites krias shema; he doesn’t raise his voice, or use coarse language, then he too will be ehrlich. The child will then imitate his parents, and also read krias shema and prepare negel vasser; and use only refined speech.

Daven to Hashem, that you should merit to always stay young and energized, despite your age.

Have a good day.

Hischazkus, Mishnayos, Simcha


בעזרת השם יתברך-יום ג פ ויחי, י טבת שנת תשע"ט

Lekuvid my dear...... Talmid yeshivas Tiferes Hatorsh Breslev

I received your letter.

I'm happy to hear that your life changed for the better since you came into the yeshiva, you write that you received a new heart, and that from now you strive only to do good. This is exactly what happens when someone becomes מקורב to the rebbe, the holy rebbe takes his 'לב האבן' literally meaning heart of stone, and instead gives him a 'לב בשר' a good heart. As it says (yechezkel 36, 26) ונתתי לכם לב חדש ורוח חדשה אתן בקרבכם, והסרתי את 'לב האבן' מבשרכם ונתתי לכם 'לב בשר' " 'לב בשר' are the same letters as ברסל"ב (chai maharan siman 339).

Continue learning mishnayos every day and try to say חי פרקים, mishnayos had the power to eradicate the bad in a person and cleanse his soul. Mishnayos even has the power to save a person who has fallen into a deep pit of aveiros. Maharosh would say the acronym for 'העלית מן שאול נפשי' is משנה - simply meaning that when a person says mishnayos he is taken out of שאול תחתית.

I'm very happy to hear you have crawled out of your depression and you try extremely hard to be happy. The holy rebbe says (likutei maharan chelek 2, siman 25) "מצוה גדולה להיות בשמחה תמיד" it is a great mitzvah to always be happy, "ולהתגבר להרחיק העצבות והמרה שחרה בכל כוחו" and to try your utmost to get rid of your depression and misery, "וכל החולאת הבאין על   האדם, כלם באין רק מקלקול השמחה" all disease and sicknesses that afflict a person only come from depression and sadness. The rebbe says further "וגם חכמי הרופאים האריכו בזה, שכל החולאת הבאין על האדם, כלם באין רק מקלקול השמחה", even the doctors admit that all problems and sicknesses, result from not being happy, and simcha is a cure for everything. When a person is happy he relieves himself from all pain and suffering.

Regarding to that you feel unwanted and not important here in yeshiva; you should know this is just another tactic of the yetzer hora to demoralize a person and take him away from the tzaddik. He does it to everyone that wants to be מקורב to the rebbe.

Let me tell you a story that will give you great chizuk. When R' Yidel became close to the rebbe, people came to tell him that the rebbe is angry at him. R' Yidel did not know that this is all the yetzer horas doings, that the yetzer hora will try everything in the world to distance a person from the tzaddik. He was hesitant to go to the rebbe and ask him what is really going on. After 3 days like this, he couldn't bear not seeing the rebbe and thought to himself 'whatever will be will be, but I have to go see the rebbe'. The rebbe understood with ruach hakodesh what R' Yidel was going through, and when R' Yidel stepped into the rebbe's room the rebbe remarked "when a person comes to a place of שקר, אמת tries to win him over, but if the person stands strong and doesn't waver in the face of שקר, then 'שקר' turns to 'קשר'. The rebbe then concluded "you will now be connected to me your entire life".

You can see from this story how hard the yetzer hora tries to confuse a person with negative feelings and thoughts, his only goal is, that the person should leave the rebbe. Therefore one must daven and stay strong that שקר should become a קשר של קימא - an everlasting bond to the holy rebbe.


R' Nosson, Hischazkus, Teshuva


בעזרת השם יתברך-יום ג' פ' ויחי, י' טבת, שנת תשע"ט


A heartfelt thank you for donating the yartzeit seuda for R' Nosson z"l, may Hashem grant you success and blessing in all your endeavors.

The holy R' Nosson loved and tolerated every yid. Maharosh would tell the story of how there was a maskil in breslev who desecrated the shabbos publicly. He would officially write on shabbos rachmana litzlon. There was a time that he had a התעוררות to go to R' Nossons shalosh seudos. He entered the shul, his hands still dirty from the ink with which he was writing on shabbos, and immediately when people noticed they wanted to chase him out. R' Nosson wouldn't allow it, and instead he told his people "he certainly has a reason for coming, he is probably going through hard times etc." The yid continued coming to R' Nosson every week, and eventually did teshuvah and became a rightous person. R' Nosson would say in regard to this yid " I shall be able to accredit myself with him on the עולם האמת". This was R' Nosson, there was a special place in his heart for every single yid. He would say "compassion and kindness were most important by the rebbe; I will continue to endow the compassion from Hashem onto every jew, no matter who he is".

R' Nosson was once in discussion with his talmidim that one must use all his resources to be strong, because everyone has to battle extremely hard nisyonas (heavenly tests). He said "why was the holy R' Shimon Bar Yochai who he was? Only because he had a certain amount of hischazkus! Why was the Ari Hakodesh who he was? Because he had his amount of hischazkus! Why was the Baal Shem Tov the great person he was? Because he had the hischazkus he needed! Why was the holy rebbe who he was? Again, because he had the hischazkus! And why am I who I am? because I have the hischazkus!" We can learn from this that every tzaddik has his share of nisyonas and hardships, but only because they stayed strong and didn't let anything break them did they achieve there מדריגות ( levels in avodas Hashem).

Once again thank you for donating the seuda.