Letters from the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a

#5 - LISTENING TO MUSIC WHILE LEARNING MISHNAYOS.
Mishnayos, Seder Derech Halimud, Bochur

בעזרת ה' יתברך-יום ד' פ' בשלח, י' שבט, שנת תשע"ט


Dear….


I received your letter.


Stay strong with all your might and continue serving Hashem; it brings me great pleasure to hear you are completing  Mishnayos for the second time, and you are מעביר סדרה every day.


Take no notice of the לצים who ridicule the Seder Derech Halimud; remember what Shlomo Hamelech said (Mishlei 31, 25): "עז והדר לבושה, ותשחק ליום אחרון"; and Chazal say, regarding this Pasuk (Shemos Raba 53, 2): "אימתי התורה משחקת לאדם?" When does the Torah show its beauty to the person? When does one reap the fruits of his labor?  "הוי ליום אחרון", on his last day; Hashem then unveils all the Torah the person learned during his lifetime; all the Pesukim of Chumash; all the Perakim Mishnayos; the Dafim Gemara; we will then see the validity of the Seder Derech Halimud, and the greatness of whoever followed it with תמימות ופשיטות.


When one mocks the Rebbe’s Seder Derech Halimud, he scorns it, and claims it isn’t considered learning; the Pasuk in Rus "אני מלאה הלכתי, וריקם השיבני" is applied to such a person. The Zohar explains (Zohar Chadash, Rus): His Neshumah cries "אני מלאה הלכתי", I came down to the world full of Torah, but: "וריקם השיבני", I am returning barren. However, one who learns with the method of the Seder Derech Halimud, returns his Neshumah overflowing with Torah.


Regarding your question if one may listen to music while learning Mishnayos; if this helps you learn Mishnayos better then it is ok.


Regarding etc.; remember the expression: “Look at me but don’t touch me,” if your……. has issues etc. stay far away from him.


You write that on numerous occasions you came up to me, and I didn’t answer the door; please understand, there are times when I am busy and it is simply not possible to answer. However, there is another door, and every time you knock, it is answered. Approach Hashem for everything you need; Chazal cite (Megilah 12:): Mordechai Hatzaddik had several names, "בן יאיר"- he illuminated the Yidden’s Life with his Tefillos; "בן שמעי"- He beseeched Hashem, and his Tefillos were answered; "בן קיש"- 'קיש' is an expression of knocking, "שהקיש על שערי רחמים ונפתחו לו", he knocked on the heavenly doors, Hashem should remove the evil decree – and he was answered.


May Hashem help you succeed in everything you do.

#4 - 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.

#3 - SIMCHA IS MOST IMPORTANT WHILE SERVING HASHEM.
Mishnayos, Simcha, Shidduch

 


 


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


….


Stay strong, and continue focusing on being happy, solely with the fact that you were created a yid.


Simcha is the most important aspect in avodas Hashem; when a person is happy, and serves Hashem with simcha, he merits divine protection, which also saves him from פגם הברית. As it states in tehillim (104, 34-35) “אנכי אשמח בה', יתמו חטאים מן הארץ, ורשעים עוד אינם” through rejoicing with Hashem, then: “יתמו חטאים מן הארץ” there is no more sin. (Likutei Maharan chelek 1, siman 169)


If you say mishnayos you will acquire a pure mind; try not to be influenced by your conflicted thoughts, just continue learning and saying tehillim. The first letters of tehillim and mishnayos spell מ"ת, indicating that these two cleanses a person from the impurity of the dead; likewise, mishnayos and tehillim revive a person from his dead, emotionless state, and infuse him with new life to continue achieving.


Nonetheless, you cannot merit this, only if one has the middah of תמימות – simplicity (to believe without asking questions); the last letters of tehillim and mishnayos spell ת"ם – we must listen to what tzaddikim advise us without skepticism.


You did the right thing by throwing away the number someone gave you, which would have led you to aveiros rachmana litzlon, in this merit you will find an ehrliche zivug. Don’t despair, in no time you will find your shidduch.

#2 - 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.

#1 - THE YETZER HORA FINDS A WAY TO CONFUSE EVERYONE WITH NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
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.