Letters from the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a

#6 - 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.

#5 - DON'T QUESTION HASHEM'S WAYS
R' Nosson, Emunah, Negel Vasser

 


בעזרת השם יתברך פ' ויחי, צום עשרה בטבת, שנת תשע"ט


Mrs.....


I received your letter.


Maharosh would say "every question is another קליפה. "Tzadikim would say ( tehillim 79, 10) "למה יאמרו הגוים", a goy says "למה"-why? And a yid says " I believe everything Hashem does, is accounted for".


Our duty is to do everything Hashem asks us to, without questions and without reasons. Hashem commands us to instill fear of heaven into our children; if we shall, we will then merit nachas. One is not allowed to then  question 'why by so and so did the children leave yiddishkeit rachmana litzlon, even though the parents did everything to instill in them fear of heaven?' In such situations one must not lesson his emunah- faith in the words of tzadikim.


At the last ladies gathering I told a story Maharosh would tell, how a woman came to the holy Steipler Goan z"l and cried bitterly over her children which had left yiddishkeit, and in general over the tzaar gidul banim she was going through. The Steipler Goan simply asked her: " Do you wash negel vasser every morning?" The woman became embarrassed and admitted 'no' she does not. The holy Steipler then asked her "so what do you want from me? if you don't wash negel vasser the tumuah from at night stays on your hands, and then whatever you touch becomes tumauh, resulting in the entire house being filled with tumuah rachmana litzlon. What can I do if you alone caused your suffering?" I told this story for it to be a chizuk to all the women they should be careful that their children prepare negel vasser before going to sleep, and not get out of bed without it. You write that after hearing this, you became extremely broken, and cried bitterly over your siblings; that your parents did everything in the world to have holy children, they washed negel vasser etc. and still several of them left yiddishkeit.


First of all, look at yourself. Why did your parents merit such a child like you? With such a strong emunah and tznius (modesty) etc. Secondly we  cannot question hashems ways; we have to do what we have to, and Hashem will do what is good in his eyes. Thirdly I ask you: be strong with all your כוחות to continue raising your children with holiness and purity. Don't let the yetzer hora break you, he will do anything to be able to take you away from your family.


Today is the yartzeit of the holy R' Nosson z"l, he would say "when I have all the tricks and plans how to battle the yetzer hora, he then comes to me with a new tactic, one I didn't even think is possible". This is the yetzer hora's way to cause pain and suffering uniquely to everyone.


Prepare negel vasser with simcha each night for your children, be careful with all the halachos and minhagim, and through this you will merit to build a beautiful home.

#4 - EVERY MORNING START YOUR DAY WITH THE THOUGHT, HOW CAN I HELP ANOTHER YID
R' Nosson, Hafutza, Likutei Halochos, Asher Banachal

 


בעזרת השם יתברך יום ג' פ' ויחי, צום עשרה בטבת, שנת תש"ע


Lekuvid....


Today is the yartzeit of the holy R' Nosson z"l. Each year by the yartzeit, Maharosh would awaken us anew to establish a daily shiur in likutei halachos. Maharosh would elaborate that once someone brought the sefer 'של"ה הקדוש' to R' Nosson, and R' Nosson remarked with the following words "by the world this sefer is a 'כל בו'-it entails everything. It includes halacha, mussar, Kabbalah etc. but my likutei halachos is the gan eden of Hashem". Whoever learns likutei halachos is strengthened in serving Hashem and nothing in the world could break his commitment.


Maharosh z"l used to say that his entire strength that kept him afloat during difficult times, when everyone was against him, was due to the fact that he had a steady shiur in likutei halachos. There was a time when Maharosh would finish likutei halachos every month; this was the time when Maharosh started writing letters for 'Asher Banachal' to which Maharosh referred to "all my letters and seforim are Hashem alone". Whoever learns the holy letters and pamphlets from Maharosh doesn't need gratification from this world, they start living with a true connection to Hashem which nothing can sever.


Therefore I want to be you mechazik, start learning Asher Banachal everyday. Asher Banachal is a compilation of the holy rebbe and R' Nossons teachings, it will strengthen you to daven 3 times a day with minyan; this will encourage you to learn mikra, mishna, gemara and halacha on daily basis, and it will awaken you and bring you back to our father in heaven.


I want to encourage you to take part in 'הפצה'-spreading the rebbes light to the entire world, you cannot fathom the greatness therein. Chazal say (Avos 5, 18) : "כל המזכה את הרבים אין חטא בא על ידו" 'whoever is מזכה another yid is saved from sin'. There is a fire burning and people are being harmed every day. Bochurim and girls are throwing away yiddishkeit; they refuse to listen to anyone anymore. Yet the rebbe does have a way to talk to their hearts, and the rebbe has a way to bring them back. Therefore by going הפצה and spreading the rebbes teachings we can save the entire generation.


Thanks to Hashem we are zoche to have a printing room in yeshiva where seforim and pamphlets are printed all day. When Maharosh visited the printing room for the first time he was extremely happy and he expressed himself "R' Nosson would have been very gladdened by such a printing room". Whenever there was a simcha or melave malka in yeshiva, Maharosh would request to see the printing room; this was his entire life to print and distribute the seforim to all.


My goal is to establish talmidim who should constantly have in mind 'how can I help another yid?' What can I do that my neighbor should have shalom bayis (harmony at home)? What can I do that another yid should know he can also learn? Each day when you wake up, start your day thinking 'what can I do today to help another yid?' take along CDs booklets, and seforim  wherever you go so if you meet someone you can infuse them with life.


Nowadays it is not embarrassing to distribute the seforim anymore. Everyone knows how much they accomplish and that they are the only way to save our, and future generations. Nowadays young girls and boys are spending hours glued to the internet, they watch inappropriate things which leads to inappropriate actions and aveiros rachmana litzlon. No one has a way to stop the catastrophe, but the עצות from the rebbe which  Maharosh taught us are the only way to save our generation.


Hashem should help you succeed in all your endeavors.


 

#3 - THANK YOU FOR DONATING R' NOSSONS YARTZEIT SEUDA
R' Nosson, Hischazkus, Teshuva

 


בעזרת השם יתברך-יום ג' פ' ויחי, י' טבת, שנת תשע"ט


Lekuvid...


A heartfelt thank you for donating the yartzeit seuda for R' Nosson z"l, may Hashem grant you success and blessing in all your endeavors.


The holy R' Nosson loved and tolerated every yid. Maharosh would tell the story of how there was a maskil in breslev who desecrated the shabbos publicly. He would officially write on shabbos rachmana litzlon. There was a time that he had a התעוררות to go to R' Nossons shalosh seudos. He entered the shul, his hands still dirty from the ink with which he was writing on shabbos, and immediately when people noticed they wanted to chase him out. R' Nosson wouldn't allow it, and instead he told his people "he certainly has a reason for coming, he is probably going through hard times etc." The yid continued coming to R' Nosson every week, and eventually did teshuvah and became a rightous person. R' Nosson would say in regard to this yid " I shall be able to accredit myself with him on the עולם האמת". This was R' Nosson, there was a special place in his heart for every single yid. He would say "compassion and kindness were most important by the rebbe; I will continue to endow the compassion from Hashem onto every jew, no matter who he is".


R' Nosson was once in discussion with his talmidim that one must use all his resources to be strong, because everyone has to battle extremely hard nisyonas (heavenly tests). He said "why was the holy R' Shimon Bar Yochai who he was? Only because he had a certain amount of hischazkus! Why was the Ari Hakodesh who he was? Because he had his amount of hischazkus! Why was the Baal Shem Tov the great person he was? Because he had the hischazkus he needed! Why was the holy rebbe who he was? Again, because he had the hischazkus! And why am I who I am? because I have the hischazkus!" We can learn from this that every tzaddik has his share of nisyonas and hardships, but only because they stayed strong and didn't let anything break them did they achieve there מדריגות ( levels in avodas Hashem).


Once again thank you for donating the seuda.

#2 - EVERYONE CAN FIND A WAY THEY CAN HELP REVEAL HASHEMS LIGHT TO THE WORLD
R' Nosson, Hafutza

בעזרת השם יתברך יום ב', פ' ויחי, ט' טבת, שנת תשע"ט


Lekuvid.....


Tonight is the yartzeit of the holy R' Nosson z"l. Before R' Nosson passed away he said "עזרא הסופר is is leaving the world, and 'טריף פסול' (meaning ניאוף and אפיקורסוס) will dominate. Unfortunately nowadays there is an abundance of טריף פסול ; but, just one page of the rebbe's seforim is a tikkun for everything". And he left off with "your duty is to publish the seforim they should be 'יפוצו מעינתיך חוצה'; stay strong with 'money' with 'commitment' and don't let any aggravation stop you". (Ezra Hasofer passed away on asarah beteves, R' Nosson was hinting through this, that he has the neshuma of Ezra Hasofer.)


R' Nosson's yartzeit is the time to strengthen our commitment, to distribute the rebbe's seforim throughout the entire world. We have to be strong with money, with an unyielding will, and even be prepared to face aggravation at times. Someone can bring money to print the seforim, another could come and do the actual printing, and a third can distribute the seforim at peoples houses. Most importantly everyone should find a way HE can take part and spread hashems glory to the world.


R' Nosson's adversaries once challenged him by asking "what will you do when you arrive to עולם האמת and you are sent to gehinnom?" R' Nosson's reply was "I'll inform everyone I meet there, where the rebbe is, and send them all to him". This was the essence of R' Nosson, nothing was about him, his only objective was to inform more people, that there is a rebbe who can help them.


This is the resolution we have to make on such a day, that we will continue spreading the rebbe's light to the entire world.


May Hashem help you in all your endeavors.

#1 - HASHEM IS SO GOOD TO YOU
R' Nosson, Chazak, Chumash, Hisbodedus, Thanking Hashem

בעזרת השם יתברך-יום א פרשת ויחי ח' טבת שנת תשע"ט‎


Lekuvid....


With hashems help we finish this week sefer bereishis, we shall say 'chazak chazak venischazak'; how fortunate for the person which learns a little chumash and Rashi every day, and by the end of the week he finishes the entire Parsha.


‎This weeks parsha starts with ויחי יעקב- yaakov lived. Maharosh explains, Yaakov avinu was always happy and uplifted despite all his suffering- His suffering with Eisav, with Lavan, with Rochel, with Dinah and lastly with Yosef. Although he had many hardships throughout his life he was constantly happy and only focused on the positive. He lived life to its fullest.


‎If you really want a way out of your own suffering heed the words of the holy R' Nosson "when a person complains about his lot Hashem takes notice and says: 'look at this person, look how much he has going for him and he still finds reason to complain, I'll show him what suffering really means'. Now when a person thanks and praises Hashem, Hashem says: 'look at this person he has nothing, yet he still is happy and appreciative, I'll show him what good means'! And ultimately such a person is zocheh to a good life.


And to you I say the same; it's true that you are going through hard times and it is just getting worse and worse, but surely there are things that are good and positive in your life. Hashem is waiting for you to thank and praise him for all he gives you.


‎This doesn't mean you shouldn't continue asking and davening to Hashem for the things that are important and bothering you, of course you should continue to daven and beg Hashem for a yeshua. But, why shouldn't you also take notice of the many benefits that you do have? why don't you submit to Hashem and believe that he certainly knows what is best for you? we say Hashem is טוב ה' לכל ורחמיו על כל מעשיו , ( tehillim 145, 9) he is good to all, and his compassion is over all his creations. If you accept hashems will, Hashem then will fulfill your wishes.


‎Tomorrow night is the yartzeit seuda of the holy R' Nosson Z"l. Take a glimpse at his life, he was persecuted throughout. Even in Breslev he was oppressed, he had difficulties with all his children, and despite everything he would always say "I have great blessings" he only thanked and praised Hashem, and his only wish was to be able to strengthen another yid.


How fortunate for us that we have such a rebbe with such talmidim.