Letters from the Rosh Yeshiva Shlit"a


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

Dear… Talmid in Yeshiva Tiferes Hatorah.

I received your letter together with your broken smartphone.

I was very happy to receive your letter and find in the envelope your destroyed phone; with this action you fulfilled the mitzva of "ובערת הרע מקרבך", (Devarim 17, 7) because a smartphone without a filter is in the category of the following three Aveiros where a person must rather be killed than transgress on them, 'עבודה זרה', 'גילוי עריות' , and 'שפיכת דמים'.

A smartphone robs a person of his Emunah, as the Rebbe says (Likutei Maharan, Chelek 1, siman 31) ‘Bris’ and ‘Emunah’ are contingent in each other, as it says in Tehilim (89, 29): "ובריתי נאמנת לו"; meaning that when one is פוגם בברית, especially if he Rachmana Litzlon watches dirty movies and then sins in הוצאת זרע לבטלה רחמנא לצלן, he then starts questioning and having doubts in Hashem. The more he sinks in this terrible Aveira, the more his doubts increase until he is drawn to כפירה. Aveiros extinguish a person’s Emunah, as the Rebbe quotes (Sefer Hamiddos, Ois Emunah): "הפשע של אדם מכניס כפירה באדם", these Aveiros bring כפירה; that’s why a smartphone is such a harmful object.

Now that you took the strength to get rid of your smartphone stay strong with your conviction and don’t be like a dog who returns to the food he just expelled. Shlomo Hamelech states in Mishlei (26, 11): "כלב שב על קאו, כסיל שונה באולתו", A fool is comparable to a dog, who returns to the food he just threw up - he lacks the intelligence to realize that it is rotten and therefore unsafe to eat; likewise, a fool keeps on returning to his previous follies.

Establish a shiur in Mishnayos; start from Seder Zeroim and gradually work your way through; continue with Seder Moed until you complete the entire Shisha Sidrei Mishna. Once you finish immediately start again, and continue this way your entire life. This will protect you from all harm.

The holy Rebbe said (Sichas Haran 19): “Even a person who has strayed far from the Kedushah, and  has already descended so low that he is lying in שאול תחתית; yet, if he takes upon himself to learn Mishnayos every day, he will manage to extricate himself from his sins, because the power of the Torah is infinite, and one cannot imagine the positive effect it has on a person.”

Daven to Hashem to give you the strength to continue overcoming your Yetzer Hora; even if it’s hard for you to talk to Hashem, say the following “Reboinoi Shel Oilam, give me the strength to guard my eyes and refrain from looking at Aveiros, help me resist my urge to watch movies and garbage. I find myself constantly returning to my Aveiros, just like a dog who returns to his filth. Hashem help me have the power to withstand my difficult Nisyonas.” Beseech Hashem and you will find the energy to conquer your Yetzer Hora.

Send me more letters; at least once a week.