Letters from the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a


בעזרת ה' יתברך-יום ג' פרשת תרומה, א' דר"ח אדר א', שנת תשע"ט


Strengthen your commitment to go to Shul three times a day and Daven with minyan, in this merit you will have Parnassah; Maharosh would say “When one Davens with Minyan, he will have a דבר שבמנין.”

Even if you woke up late and there are no Minyanim anymore, you still go to Shul; in Shul one davens, however when one stays home, or davens in his office etc. he ends up not Davening. Likewise, this is what the Shulchan Aruch determines, that even if one does not have a Minyan he should daven in Shul. (אורח חיים, סימן צ, סעיף ט)

Don’t view yourself as a failure; R’ Nosson would constantly quote the following Pasuk (Iyuv 3, 19): "קטן וגדול שם הוא" – only in heaven will one know who is considered big and who is considered small; meaning that many times someone is distinguished here on earth, people seek to honor him etc., but up in heaven he is not worth mentioning. However, there could be a person here on earth that feels he is insignificant, nobody looks in his direction, yet in heaven he is very valuable; because despite his hardships and difficulties he still goes to Shul three times a day, and finds a moment here and there to pour out his suffering to Hashem, this is what is important up in heaven.

“If you shall be happy” – exclaimed the king - “Then I will also be happy” (Sippurei Maasos, story 13); all Hashem wants from us is to serve him with Simcha, therefore make sure to flee from sadness and depression.

May Hashem bless you in all your endeavors.


בעזרת ה' יתברך-יום א' פרשת תרומה, כ"ח שבט, שנת תשע"ט

Dear… Talmid in Yeshiva Tiferes Hatorah.

It hurts me to hear that you went away for Shabbos to a place without a Minyan or a Mikve; I cannot understand why you did so; there are so many Ehrliche places where one can go, why must you go somewhere where you don’t have a Minyan to Daven, and can’t hear Krias Hatorah? I will judge you favorably that you didn’t consider the consequences of your actions, you just tagged along without thinking.

It really doesn’t bother me that Bochurim go away for Shabbosim, (although it is not something I would recommend you to do, but I will not object to it); there were many occasions that Bochurim went away for a Shabbos to a place with a Beis Chabad, or somewhere with a Minyan and a Rav, a place with a Mikve etc. this is reasonable. But, the fact that you and some other Talmidim from Yeshiva went away without any consideration to these requirements causes me great pain.

Thus, I want to request from you; you came to learn in Hichel Hakodesh, absorb the message this place conveys: don’t run after anyone. You tag along like a spare tire; this is not what life is about, and not what Hichel Hakodesh is about.

I have a lot more to write on this matter, but I cannot continue, because of the pain it causes me to hear that Talmidim from Yeshiva behaved in such a manner.