Letters from the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a

Mishnayos, Seder Derech Halimud, Bochur

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


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.