Letters from the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a

#2 - IF ONE KEEPS IN MIND THE REASON FOR HIS EXISTENCE, HE FORGETS HIS SUFFERING
Chinuch, Krias Shema, Tefilin

בעזרת השם יתברך-יום ד', פ' משפטים,כ"ד שבט, שנת תשע"ט


Lekuvid....


How fortunate for us that we are aware of the holy rebbe, which constantly reminds us the reason for our existence in this world. That we should find time to do good deeds, because that is only what remains of a person, after 120.


During the times of R' Nosson z"l there was a big rebbe which lived in the city of Teplik. His chassidim would flock to him, each looking for help and guidance with his problems. One had issues with the poritz, another felt someone was stealing his livelihood, a third had problems with a goy etc. His approach was, to curse anyone who interfered with his talmidim. When R' Nosson was told about this he expressed himself "Gevald! To curse people the entire night? If he would only talk about tachlis- the real point of life, they would all  forget their hardships".


Therefore how lucky are we, that we merited to know of the holy rebbe and his talmidim, which remind us again and again to turn to Hashem. Like the Baal Tefillah proclaimed (sipurei maasos, story 12) "There is no other purpose on this world, except to serve Hashem".


Go to shul every day with tallis and tefillin, and take pleasure in the mitzvah of tefillin; here in shul we dance after davening every day with lively music, because this is our life, our happiness, that we merited another day with tallis and tefillin.


Take notice of your beautiful children, sing krias shema with them at night, and say berachos with them-this is avodas Hashem! The holy R' Nosson would say "the chinuch of my children is as important to me as tikkun chatzos" ; R' Nosson would go to sleep early, so he would be able to rise to tikkun chatzos, but as soon as he had a household of children, he would wait for them to come home from cheder, teach them to say berachos, and say krias shema with them. This world restrict him from going to bed early, but he would say, "this is just as important, as my avodah at chatzos".


May Hashem help you succeed in all your endeavors.

#1 - DON'T BE STINGY WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR FAMILY
Krias Shema, Sholom Bayis, Tzedukeh

 


 בעזרת השם יתברך ליל א' פרשת ויחי אור לט' טבת שנת תשע"ט


Lekuvid....


   When your wife asks you for a few dollars to take a car service home because it's too cold for her to walk, why should you be so stingy and deny it to her? when it comes to your needs money doesn't play a role - you buy cartons of cigarettes and coffee every day etc. Let's not talk about all the wine you buy for shabbos, which costs a pretty penny; you don't sit down and think if you can afford it or not, so why when your wife asks for a few dollars do you make such a fuss??


   Our holy sages state ( chulin 84: ) "לעולם יאכל אדם וישתה פחות ממה שיש לו, וילבש ויתכסה במה שיש לו, ויכבד אשתו ובניו יותר ממה שיש לו", A person should save and spend less money on food then that is in his budget, and to clothe himself he should only spend how much is in his budget, but when it comes to his wife and children he should even spend more than he really has. And for a person which conducts himself in this manner the pasuk says, (tehillim 112, 5) "טוב איש חונן ומלוה יכלכל דבריו במשפט". I hope you won't be hurt, for telling you what to do. Believe me it's only because I have pity on you. More pity than all those who call themselves your 'good' friends. Heed my words and give your wife money to spend, if you want to save money save when it comes to your own needs.


Remember to say krias shema before going to sleep, and say to Hashem in your own words 'Hashem forgive me for whatever I did etc. I promise tomorrow i'll be erhlich (pious). Just a few words will get rid of all the דינים against you.


Good night.