Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Third Year Seminary cancelled


  1. Maybe you would like to compose a post on the concept of Emuna in Bossor V'Dom as opposed to the Ribbono Shel Olam.

  2. Interesting. Some explanation would have been nice, in the letter I mean. The article tried to drum up a couple, but still nothing conclusive. Overall just rather odd.

  3. By way of background and context, the following shows that defensive walls are going up around the Haredi world everywhere...

    See Dei'ah veDibur of 22 Cheshvan 5769 - November 20, 2008 at http://chareidi.shemayisrael.com/arshmuelchs69.htm

    "HaRav Shmuel Auerbach: We Have an Obligation to Protect Yeshiva World from Interference

    By A. Cohen and Yechiel Sever

    "We had the golden period of Rabbenu Hagodol. My father and teacher zt"l said Am Yisroel has not had such a leader for many generations, and I heard the same thing said by Rabban Shel Kol Bnei HaGoloh Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita. I heard this from both of them on several occasions," said HaRav Shmuel Auerbach during an enormous gathering in Bnei Brak on Motzei Shabbos Parshas Vayeiro to mark the seventh yahrtzeit of HaRav Shach zt"l.

    "The yeshiva world is in danger. Efforts are being made to constrict bnei Torah. Every effort is being made to make them unable to learn. A yeshiva is a holy entity. Since the days of our forefathers the yeshiva has always been in existence. It must be kept in mind what a yeshiva is, what this concept is that obligates us as a public and as individuals. Rabbenu Hagodol was extremely vigilant and we must continue safeguarding it with all our strength."

    HaRav Auerbach added that the world is full of confusion and distractions, yet we have an obligation to stay on the straight path, especially during this period of material problems for avreichim when many trying to limit Torah learning. Our sole obligation is to reinforce the number of `soldiers' in the yeshivas and the kollelim and not to get caught up by various suggestions intended to diminish Torah in quality and quantity.

    "The yeshivas have to be preserved just as Rabbenu Hagodol entrenched them, learning with toil and depth, not losing any aspect — neither pshat nor sevoro.

    "Once somebody asked Avi mori gaon Yisroel regarding a certain directive Rabbenu Hagodol zt"l had issued. My father got very angry and told him that despite everything we know about Maran and his achievements and the strength of his decisions and approach, more of him remains hidden than revealed, and he is considered a tzaddik nistar.

    "That obligates us, too, when it comes to the path he laid and safeguarded. Don't pretend to be wise because you don't know the depth of his [words and thinking]."

    The enormous gathering was held at Beis Medrash Talmidei Yeshiva Ponovezh Letzei'irim with maranan verabonon on hand along with thousands of listeners. HaRav Auerbach's talk was followed by speeches given by HaRav Tzvi Bergman and HaRav Mattisyohu Salomon."


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