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Chazal tell us "Oy Lani MiYom HaDin, Oy Lanu MiYom HaTochacha", woe is to us from the day of punishment, woe is to us from the day of rebuke. Isn't this backwards, since rebuke comes before punishment?

Rav Chatzkel Levenstein explains that the thing preventing us from seeing the real truth is our own bias and self interest. It is impossible to be totally honest when the truth will harm you. That being the case, even when facing Hashem in the Olam HaEmes we will not see the real truth because we know that punishment awaits us. We will remain biased until after we have already paid the price. Because of this bias the Tochacha will not penetrate our hearts.

Only after we have already received our punishment and there is no longer any self interest in denial, only then will we clearly see the error of our ways. Then the Tochacha will be self evident. Moreover the pain of the honest tochacha that we feel will be far greater than the Din or the punishment given by Hashem. In the world of truth, living with our past misdeeds is the worst punishment imaginable.

When we get to Shamayim first we will go through a cleansing process of din or punishment, Oy Lani MiYom HaDin. After that we will face something far worse than that, Oy Lanu MiYom HaTochacha. Only then will receive the far greater punishment of facing and living a bitter reality of our past sins.

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Chatzkel - Look Inward For The Greatest Chesed

Although doing Chesed to oneself is not called Chesed, Rav Chatzkel Levenstein says that the greatest Chesed can be done with ones self. How?

Chesed is helping a person fill his needs. If a rich person became poor we have a much greater obligation towards his needs than to a poor person. The rich person lacks so much and is in terrible pain from the loss. The poor person only lacks a little as his aspirations are quite low.

We can do Chesed with our Neshamos. Our Neshama is considered a stranger in an extremely strange land, our body. Helping a stranger is Chesed. This Neshama came down from the Kisei HaKavod where is rejoiced in the presence of the Kedusha of Hashem. Now suddenly it finds itself in cramped body whose every desire runs totally opposed to everything the Neshama craves. The Neshama is trapped and cannot do anything and suffers unbearably.

While surely we'd love to do Chesed for our Neshama, our difficulty is that we cannot fathom how deeply our good or bad deeds affect our Neshama. We project our feelings on it, thinking that the things that make us happy will make it happy as well. Unfortunately that couldn't be further from the truth.

Rav Chatzkel tells a Mashal of a villager who marries the princess. He cannot bring her anything to make her happy for she is the daughter of the King and nothing the villager brings means anything to her. Similarly no worldly pleasures mean anything to our Neshama. Even mitzvos don't satisfy the Neshama for they are mixed with worldly intention and are not the pure fare that the Neshama desires.

Pity your Neshama and do mitzvos and maasim tovim. Give it a small consolation by refraining from bad and doing good. This is a great Chesed that you can do for yourself. After all she is the daughter of the King and He asked you to keep an eye on her. (Midos - Gomel Nafsho Ish Chesed)

Thu, 24 Mar 2011 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Chazkel Levenstein On The Capture Of Adolf Eichmann ym"s

Rav Chatzkel says (Ohr Yechezkel: Middos - Laasos Nekama BaGoyim) that we are all born with an ingrained trait of hatred. Unless we rid ourselves of it, it will haunt us from time to time in our lives even if we think we are above it. Often we may think that we are preaching a good cause but it is a mere cover for our instinctive trait of hatred coming in disguise.

Take the capture of Eichmann, said Rav Chatzkel right after he was caught and brought to Israel. That is all people and the newspapers are talking about all day. The public brags that we merited to take revenge in a murderer and Hashem is the master of revenge. The truth is, says Rav Chatzkel, this idea is nonsense and far from any understanding of Torah.

If we found murder so terrible why are we not shaken by a recent earthquake that took the lives of thousands, asked Rav Chatzkel? Do we think taking revenge on Eichmann is going to bring back six million lost lives? Why is everybody so busy with him, is he the only murderer in the world? What is the relevance of the number of his murders, if it is only a product of his ingenuity and opportunity? Eisav's lifeblood is the sword and anyone is capable of doing what he did.

Our excitement of his capture stems from our desire to be victorious. It has nothing to do with avenging Hashem's name. All talk of that is idle chatter. The lesson we need to draw from Eichmann is that if we do not root out hatred from our heart we can literally become an animal in every sense of the word. And this is only through Torah.

We must see that our outlook is far from the Torah. Al Pi Torah we must not look at the worst Rasha with complete hatred even for committing the most heinous crimes. We should only be concerned with Kavod Shamayim which demands that a Rodef be put to death. But to seek the blood of a murderer is forbidden and we must not be happy with his day of reckoning. We must not forget the concept of Tzelem Elokim.

While these words seem far from us, Rav Chatzkel says that these are the foundations of mussar and someone who is far from mussar can not comprehend this at all. Scary...

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 03:00:00 +0000