בעזרת ה' יתברך- יום ד' פ' יתרו, י"ז שבט, יומא דהילולא של מוהרא"ש זצוק"ל, שנת תשע"ט
Today is the Yartzeit of Maharosh Zecher Tzaddik Livrocho; Maharosh sacrificed everything he had for Klal Yisroel, and never received anything in return – only hardships and humiliation.
One cannot imagine how degraded Maharosh was during his lifetime; he was discredited, spoken out against, and suffered persecution from all directions. Despite his hardships, he continued strengthening Yidden, especially Bochurim who were very close to his heart; he went out of his way to help them and encourage them.
Maharosh would say, that when he arrives before the Beis Din Shel Maaloh, he will advocate for all the Bochurim they should not be held accountable for their Aveiros; the only reason they sin is that they unfortunately haven’t yet found their Shidduch. Maharosh would cry day and night over the tragedy that girls and boys don’t get married while they are still young and pure; he placed his own life at risk for this cause, and almost received 16 years in jail, merely for attempting to enhance the lives of others.
Maharosh became attached to the holy Rebbe at the age of 16; he found a small Sefer called 'משיבת נפש', a compilation of התחזקות from the Sefer Likutei Halachos; written by R’ Alter from Teplik Z”l. This Sefer ignited a flame in his heart, and starting in year 5724, at the age of 24, Maharosh started writing letters of התחזקות to Bochurim and Yingeleit. These letters eventually became the Sefer ‘Asher Banachal’ which entails over seventy thousand letters; Chizuk for every person in every situation he may find himself.
Today, during such a significant time as Mahaosh’s Yartzeit, we must remember what Maharosh repeatedly told us: “One cannot consider himself a Breslever Chassid except if he learns the holy Rebbe’s Seforim”; as the Rebbe says in Likutei Maharan (Chelek 1, Siman 192) "פניו שכלו ונשמתו נמצאים בתוך ספרו", the face, wisdom and Neshumah of the Tzaddik can be found in his Seforim. Someone who learns the holy Rebbes Seforim is a true Breslever Chassid, and one who doesn’t, has no connection to the holy Rebbe. By being versed in the politics of Breslev, or knowing individuals who belong to Breslev, doesn’t automatically qualify someone a ‘Breslever Chassid’; only one who learns the Rebbe’s Seforim can proclaim himself a Breslever Chassid. Likewise, one who wishes to forge a connection with Maharosh, must learn Maharosh’s Seforim, especially the Sefer Asher Banachal.
Today is the fourth Yartzeit of Maharosh Zecher Tzaddik Livrocha, its time you start thinking how you can also help other Yidden taste the sweetness of the holy Rebbe’s עצות; look at Maharosh as an inspiration; look what a לב טוב, he had. He discovered the light of the holy Rebbe, and saw how it transformed his life; however, the holy Rebbe’s Seforim were then very scarce and most people had no access to them. Instead of being content with the status quo, he started printing the Rebbe’s Seforim so they should be available throughout the entire world. This was his life’s mission, and this is what we must emulate; we must continue spreading the sweetness and awareness, that every Yid has a way to return to Hashem.
People ask: “Who received Maharosh’s inheritance?” and the truth is, we can all take a part in his inheritance; whoever helps print Maharosh’s Seforim obtains a share in it.
Four days before his passing, while lying in hospital, Maharosh wrote a letter to his Talmidim; "השארתי אחרי ירושה גדולה והם שאלןת ותשובות 'אשר בנחל' שמסתכם כבר עד השנה הזו למעלה משבעים אלף מכתבים", I have left an inheritance of seventy thousand letters, the questions and answers of ‘Asher Banachal’,"ולכן אני מבקש את כל אנשי שלומנו תעזרו לי שיצא כל חלקי שאלות ותשובות 'אשר בנחל' לאור עולם", and I request all my Talmidim to help me print all the volumes of “Asher Banachal”, "כל אחד שיקח על עצמו כמה כרכים להדפיס את זה", everyone should take a volume to print, "וזה הירושה היחידית שהשארתי ממני", this is the inheritance I am giving over to you. Take a part in printing Asher Banachal and you will merit to share Maharosh’s legacy.
Maharosh writes in his צוואה: “Thus, I request from you my dear children and Talmidim, publish all my letters, and make sure they are printed repetitively. You cannot put 'כל הזכיות שמורות' on any of my Seforim, no one has the exclusive rights to print them. Everyone can publish them, and I guarantee, that whoever publishes a volume of ‘Asher Banachal’ will merit heavenly salvation. These letters have rescued thousands of Bochurim and Yingeleit, and fortunate is for the person who takes a share in its printing.”
May Hashem grant us the privilege to continue printing, publishing, and distributing the Seforim our entire lives; we should follow in the footsteps of Maharosh, not to be distracted by anyone’s doubts, only continue engaging in helping Klal Yisroel.