Letters from the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a

#6 - WHEN ONE SEEKS REFUGE IN THE HOLY TORAH HE IS PROTECTED FROM ALL HARM.
Limud HaTorah

בעזרת ה' יתברך – יום ד' פרשת משפטים, כ"ד שבט, שנת תשע"ט


Dear…


Even though I have written countless letters to you on the greatness of learning a Daf Gemara a day, I’m writing yet another letter to you because I hope you still do so.


Gemara is a safe haven where one can escape to while going through hardships; even though you are preoccupied with the hassle of daily life, you should be careful not to let the opportunity to learn the Daf slip by. The pages of Gemara are the sweetest place to seek refuge בעת צרה. As Chazal relate (Shemos Raba 27, 3): “There were hunters trying to capture a bird, so she escaped to the kings palace knowing that in such a place nobody will dare shoot at her”; likewise, when a person is going through difficulties the best place to go hide is by Hashem, there, no one can harm you.


Therefore, I beg you dear…, start a routine of learning a Daf Gemara a day; even if you don’t understand what you are learning say the words without comprehending. Don’t mock this concept, because it’s not a joke. This world is an illusion, what is ridiculed here is not necessarily ridiculed in heaven, and what people respect down here is not necessarily respected up there. What we must believe is, that if a Tzaddik said something it is certainly significant.


Thus, I implore, start anew; take a Gemara Chulin and start Daf 64 – today’s Daf. Your entire life will transform, and likewise your wife will also be happy to see you learning.


Be well.

#5 - WHEN ONE LISTENS TO THE HOLY REBBE HE MERITS A BLESSED LIFE.
Limud HaTorah

 


בעזרת ה' יתברך-יום א' פ' בשלח, ז' שבט, שנת תשע"ט


Dear….


Don’t wait until Friday to start being מעביר סדרה, instead begin on Sunday, continue on Monday, and so on, and by the end of the week you will be done with the entire Parsha.


Your week will feel different when you learn some Chumash and Rashi every day; the Baal Hatanya z”l said: “A Yid must live in the present”, meaning one must live with the weekly Parsha. He must learn some Chumash and Rashi daily, and find encouragement therein for his challenges.


Set aside a time every day to learn some Mishnayos; Mishnayos cleanses a person from his Aveiros, and propels him to higher levels in Avodas Hashem. The holy Beis Yosef would learn forty, or even fifty Perakim Mishnayos at once; in this Zechus he merited a heavenly Malach who came and learned Torah with him.


Dear….! Run away from Machlokes! There is nothing that is so despised by Hashem as Machlokes; especially between us; Talmidei Hichel Hakodesh; we came to the Rebbe for one reason; he should help us with our problems, and struggles; therefore, we must be vigilant, and not let the Yetzer Hora interfere, because all he wants is to make us lose this world and the next.


We must fulfill what the holy Rebbe requested (Chai Maharan 292): “The world will marvel at the intense love you have for one another.” This is what Maharosh would constantly review and repeat; this is what I guaranteed Maharosh, and I will sacrifice everything to keep that promise; between us there will only be שלום ושלוה.


If you want to bring me pleasure, come and share your Siyumim with me; yesterday evening by Melave Malka, all the Bochurim and Yingeleit related what they gained through the holy Rebbe. There was a Yid here from England who came specially to spend a Shabbos in Hichel Hakodesh; he made a Siyum on Mishnayos and Mesechtas Sukkah; his face shone with the Simcha of a Bar Mitzva Bachur, when he starts his adult life. Another Bochur finished Mishnayos for the seventh time; he disclosed that before he knew about the Rebbe, he always found excuses why not to learn; now, while penning this letter, I received a txt from a Yid who finished Mesechtas Taanis for the forty-eighth time, and Mishnayos for the eighty-ninth. This invigorates me to continue achieving.


See what one can merit when they listen to the holy Rebbe.


May hashem help you succeed in all your endeavors.

#4 - RISE EARLY TO LEARN TORAH.
Limud HaTorah

 


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


To my dear…..


Thank you for your donation for the rent; in the merit of tzedakah may you be blessed in everything you do.


I want to encourage you to attend the Gemara shiur every morning; especially now that you are married, make sure to come daily.


It is essential for a yingerman to rise early to learn Torah, and it is a segulah for shalom bayis. It brings chein to a person, as we see in Mishlei (Mishlei 5, 19) "אילת אהבים ויעלת חן", and Chazal elaborate (Eiruvin 54:): "שמעלת חן על לומדיה"- one who learns Torah, is blessed with chein.


Therefore, strengthen your commitment, and continue coming every morning to the shiur on the daf Gemara; my entire energy for my day is from the daf Bavli and Yerushalmi; once I finish giving over the two shiurim, I feel I have accomplished my share for the day.


I’m waiting to see you again in the morning; this is a precious stage of your life; when you can learn Torah with a pure mind. 

#3 - LEARN AT LEAST ONE PEREK MISHNAYOS A DAY.
Mishnayos, Limud HaTorah

 


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


Dear….


Have you opened a sefer yet today? Have you listened to the holy Rebbe who requested us (Sichas Haran, 23) To “eat a perek Mishnayos, and drink a kapitel Tehillim?” have you opened a Mishnayos and said a perek yet??


As soon as you finish reading this letter, take a Mishnayos and say at least one perek. Even if you don’t understand what you are saying; continue learning without comprehending. This cleanses a person from his aveiros. When one starts learning Mishnayos, his speech becomes pure, and he starts weighing his words. Halacha dictates that a beheima which "פיה דומה לשל חזיר"- her mouth resembles the mouth of a chazir, is a baalas mim. (Rambam 2,2) Likewise, one who isn’t careful with his language, his mouth is unclean, shows what kind of a person he really is. Thus, I beg you: “set aside your cell phone for a few minutes, and take a Mishnayos in its place. Say at least one perek, and through doing so you will eliminate your sins.”


Be careful not to use ניבול פה; you once had all the chein in the world, but since you relinquished control over your mouth, and your language is hefker, you lost all your chein.


The holy Rebbe cites (Sefer Hamiddos, אות חן) Whoever desires to acquire chein – then "ישמר את פיו מדבור אסור", he should guard his mouth from forbidden speech. Instead of bantering with friends, go home and converse with your wife, give her encouragement, and listen to how her day was.


Chazal state (Tannis 10:) in regard to the pasuk in (Melachim beis, 2, 11) "ויהי המה הלכים הלוך ודבר, והנה רכב אש וסוסי אש ויפרדו בין שניהם". "טעמא דאיכא דיבור, הא ליכא דיבור – ראויין לישרף" ‘Fortunate for one with a pleasant speech; because they spoke they weren’t burned.’ A husband and wife must communicate with each other; they must be open to dialogue with each other, and not keep hurt or resentment bottled up inside. Blessed is one that conducts himself in this manner; and one who does not will suffer the consequences.


One more request; please find time for הפצה; through spreading the Rebbe’s light you will have a share in bringing Moshiach.


Good night.

#2 - DON’T WALLOW IN SELF-PITY.
R' Nosson, Limud HaTorah, Appreciation

 


בעזרת ה' יתברך-ג' פרשת שמות, י"ז טבת, שנת תשעט


…….


 Forgive me for not having time this morning to send you a letter; I’m very busy now with multiple things. Yesterday night there was a chasunah here in yeshiva, the chosson is a Talmud from our yeshiva ‘Tiferes Hatorah’ and the kallah is a student from our school ‘Bais Faiga’. In the morning I had a bris in Boro Park for h’avriechs ………. twins. Now that I have a few minutes, I will write a few lines.


A yid once came to R’ Nosson z”l regarding another yid, part of אנשי שלומינו who was extremely poor. He remarked “what a רחמנות - a pity on him, he is destitute without a penny to his name”. R’ Nosson answered (in a tone of surprise) “he is a רחמנות?”, “Moshe Chinke is a רחמנות!” (Moshe Chinke was one of the Rebbes talmidim, who later became one of R’ Nossons biggest opponents.) He continued “true this specific person has no money and therefore seems like an object of pity, and Moshe Chinke is wealthy and powerful, but in reality he is the real רחמנות, because who knows what will await him after 120 when he will be held accountable for his deeds…..”


To you dear brother I say the same, you look at yourself and think ‘what a pity on me, I have nothing…’ you envy so and so who on the outside looks like they are leading a fine life. Thus, I want to ask you (in a tone of surprise) “you consider yourself a רחמנות? You are not a רחמנות, you live with Emunah! You believe in Hashem! Even when you fall down, it hurts, and presses on your conscience, so why wallow in self-pity? Stop envying another, and instead thank Hashem for all the blessings in your life!


I still have a lot more to write on this topic, but since my time is very limited, I’ll end here. What gives me the strength to continue, is to hear that you are connected to the Torah, and you learn some mishnayos and gemara every day; זה חלקי מכל עמלי.


Good night.

#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.