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The Gemara in Brachos (35b) quotes Rebbi Shimon that one cannot succeed in Torah if he is constantly busy with work, while Rebbi Yishmael says that one may work and study Torah.  The gemara concludes that many did as Rebbi Shimon suggested and did not succeed. If they followed this lofty ideal what went wrong?

The Likutei Basar Likutei quotes from the Baal Asara L'Mei'a that to be successful studying torah full time and receiving financial sustenance from Hashem without doing any "hishtadlus", one must be 100% pure in both actions and his intention. If he plays the game but does not have a pure heart, totally devoted to Hashem, it will not work. This can be learned from the words of the gemara, "many did as Rebbi Shimon".  Their actions were okay but their hearts were not pure and therefore they did not succeed.

"How much beauty, How much goodness. He heart was full of only Truth. Our Master Bar Yochai"

Tue, 12 May 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Rebbi Shimon Bar Yochai - Alone Against The World

The Gemara in Succah (45b) quotes Rebbi Shimon, "I have seen the people "on top" and they are few. If there are 1,000, I and my son are among them. If there are 100, I and my son are among them, if there are 2, I and my son are among them."

The Likutei Basar Likutei explains that Rebbi Shimon is saying that even if doing the right thing is not very popular and not in vogue one must nevertheless act properly. Says Rebbi Shimon, no matter how many or few people choose to follow the right path I and my son will. Even if it means we are the only 2 standing against world.

Bar Yochai Fortunate is the one who gave birth to you, Fortunate is the Nation who learns your Torah!

Tue, 12 May 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Yisroel Salanter: (Un)Holy Arguments Will Never End

The Mishna in Pirkei Avos says that a "Machlokes L'Shem Shamayim Sofo Lihiskayem." This seems strange. If the argument is really for the sake of Hashem why will it last forever? The mishna should say that it will eventually be resolved.

It is said in the name of Rav Yisroel Salanter that sometimes when arguing, people tend to hide behind the cloak of religion. Rather than admitting that their position is based on their own personal interest they say they are taking a stand "L'Shem Shamayim". Therefore the Mishna says if one admits that his position is really self interest he can eventually compromise and the dispute can be resolved. However when someone claims that he is fighting for the honor of Hashem he will always claim that although he personally would concede ground to the other side but he has no right to compromise on Hashem's "Cheshbon" and therefore the argument will never be resolved. The lesson to be learned is, don't turn personal disagreements into religious battles.

Thu, 19 Feb 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Little Shlomo Zalman Auerbach Wanted The Money As a child in the legendary Yerushalayim Cheider, Eitz Chaim, Rav Shlomo Zalman was a prodigy.  His family lived in poverty yet his Hasmada and diligence despite his frail health and constant hunger were legendary even back then.  It is told that when the first "Horseless Wagon" (a.k.a. car) rolled into the streets of Yerushalayim all the children in the cheider ran out to see it, except little Shlomo Zalman who remained glued to his seat learning without interruption.

There was one inexplicable phenomenon which always puzzled his Rebbeim and peers.  The children of the cheider would be tested on Mishnayos and gemara Ba'al Peh.  Rav Shlomo Zalman always knew more than everyone else.  When it came time to choosing a prize, while most of the other children chose seforim, Rav Shlomo Zalman always asked for money.  No one could figure out why the saintly child who needed nothing in this world would forego the opportunity to get a Sefer and opt for money instead.

When Rav Shlomo Zalman had amassed enough prize money he went to the store and bought a hearing aid for his mother who was hard of hearing.  The mystery was solved.  No sefer was as precious to him as opening his mother's world open up again to all the wonderful sounds around her.

Tue, 26 Feb 2008 03:00:00 +0000
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Wed, 12 Dec 2007 03:00:00 +0000
The Death of Rav Rechumi and The Widow's Anguish

The Gemara says that R. Rechumi died as a result of the anguish that he caused his wife by not arriving home at the expected time. R. Chaim Shmuelivitz asks that certainly his wife had even greater anguish at the news that her husband passed away and was never going to come home, so why was this an appropriate punishment?

R. Chaim answers that if someone causes anguish to another person it is tantamount to starting a firs and will cause destruction like a fire. The destruction that is caused is not a punishment it is simply the natural byproduct of the fire that was started by means of causing anguish to another person.  Once it ravages out of control it can cause damage even to the victims.  This is the destructive power of anger.

Fri, 02 Nov 2007 03:00:00 +0000
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Tue, 24 Jul 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Ahavas Yisroel at Its Best - Chilul Shabbos For a Michalel Shabbos

The Mishna gives as an example of a Machlokes that is not L'Shem Shamayim "Korach V'Adoso"; Korach and his constituency. Shouldn't it say Korach and Moshe? This question can be answered with a story about the Satmar Rav, Rav Yoel Teitelbaum zt"l. He was known to love every Jew regardless of religious level. If so how is it that he was such an ardent anti Zionist? Were the Zionist not Jews as well?

Typically if you search for the origins of longstanding feuds they are very hard to find. It starts with an argument over a particular issue but degenerates into a personal fight that lingers on well after the initial cause is long forgotten. Not so with the Satmar Rav. He hated Zionism not Zionists. The Zionists in turn hated him because he hated them. He didn't care that they hated him and continued to keep as the object of his scorn the Zionist principles and not the Zionists themselves.

The Brisker Rav himself was once Michalel Shabbos to plead before the authorities for the life of a Non Religious Jew who had caused the Frum community much grief!

The great tzadikkim knew how to perfectly juggle the paradox of hating the ideal or action but not the actor himself. They maintained perfect Ahavas Yisroel while vigilantly defending Torah against any breachers. That is the meaning of Korach V'Adoso. Only Korach and his group fought. Moshe on the otherhand took a number steps in order to end the Machlokes and prevent the death of every beloved Jew. Moshe was not involved in any argument whatsoever.

Tue, 12 Jun 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Rebbi Akiva: Never Give Up!

Imagine how a Rosh Yeshiva feels when a young student from his yeshiva passes away suddenly. It would surely be the talk of town for a long time. Dare to grasp what it means to a Rebbi when a group of boys suddenly die in a freak accident. Can we begin to fathom how Rebbi Akiva the greatest of all sages, who had a Yeshiva of 24,000 students felt when suddenly in a short period not one, not 100 but every single one of his 24,000 students die. 24,000 future Gedolei Hador!

He is left with absolutely nothing and is now 80 years old. He has all the reason in the world to be depressed. Yet instead he puts up a sign that he is opening a new Yeshiva and looking for new students. Only 5 boys answer the call. Down from 24,000 to 5, yet apparently he still feels it is worth his while even at his advanced age. Those 5 students became the leaders of their generation.  Only with Mesiras Nefesh like that does the Torah live on!

Wed, 02 May 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Leaving Galus and the Hidden 50 Why in the Haggadah do we discuss the passuk (D'varim 26:5-10), "Arami oved avi..."- An Aramean tried to destroy my father...? This passuk is said when you give Bikurim and happens to mention Yetzias Miztrayim. In Shmos there are three full perakin that discuss in detail the entire Yetzias Mitzrayim as it happened. In there we can find many passukim that say "Hashem took us out of Mitzrayim". So why this far flung passuk in Devarim??

In the beginning of Beshalach it says Bnei Yisrael came out of Egypt 'chamushim'. Rashi translates it as 'armed'. The Zohar says it's a hint to the word 'chamishim' which means 50. In Egypt we sank to the 49th gate or level of impurity and we needed the strength of the 49th gate of purity to get us out.

Since the galus in Mitzrayim is the model of every galus, when we will eventually fall to the 50th level, there must be hidden somewhere in it the power of the 50th gate. So according to the Zohar the verse hints that Bnei Yisrael came out 50, as in 50 times or through 50 gates, each gate being an exodus of it's own. The exodus from Mitzrayim is mentioned 50 times in the Torah. The 50th one is no doubt related to the 50th gate, the final, full and complete redemption. The mentioning of the exodus in D'varim by the first fruit offering is that 50th time!

Sat, 31 Mar 2007 03:00:00 +0000
The 4 Sons: Is the Chochom a Rasha?

One peirush says that the Chochom is actually not a tzaddik at all, he is a (wise and sophisticated) Rasha.  He asks a complex question in a knowledgeable way as opposed to the second son who just blurts out his question with arrogance.  Nevertheless the Chochom shows his true colors by saying "Eschem" (you) just like the Rasha.

That is why the Baal Haggadah writes "Kneged Araba'ah Banim Dibrah Torah", the Torah speaks against the 4 sons.  This shows they are all not good.

Wed, 28 Mar 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Eliyahu or Hashem? "I have seen worthy people host a bris in their home to merit having Eliyahu Hanavi appear in their homes during the Bris, and it is all the more worthwhile to maintain a proper Jewish home in order that Hashem himself comes to our home." - Pele Yoetz -

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 03:00:00 +0000