Wednesday, April 19, 2023

a FULL chair

 A woman once wrote a letter to the Lubavitcher rebbe, she wanted to add another empty chair at the Seder table —in memorial of the victims of the Holocaust, in order to educate her children. The Rebbe replied to her: "Don't add a empty chair. Add a FULL chair. Bring another Jew to sit the table with you!" Our victory and revenge is to have another Jew in the world —another Jew who feels Jewish, who is proud, whose ways of life will be more Jewish.  This is our real victory!

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

22nd yahrzeit of the Rav Avigdor Miller


The 22nd yahrzeit of Rav Avigdor Miller z'l is today, the twenty-seventh of Nissan (April 18th). 

Rav Avigdor Miller on Visiting The Grave of A Tzadik

What is the function of going to a kever of a Tzadik? 

And the function is what we spoke about today. And that is, in order to advertise to the world that the greatest thing in the world is to be a tzadik. And in the zechus of you going there and demonstrating that you appreciate the greatness of a tzadik, Hashem will reward you and listen to your tefilla. But you’re not praying to the tzadik, chas v’shalom.

Hakodosh Boruch Hu says, “If you understand how much I love this man, and not only him, but I even love his body because his body was kadosh. And now you come there, where his body was placed, for that purpose of showing that you appreciate the greatness, the holiness, of his body, then I’m going to reward you by listening to your tefilla.”

That’s the purpose of kivrei tzaddikim.
TAPE # E-8 (May 1995)

How should one pray at the grave of a tzadik?

At the grave of a tzadik you're supposed to pray to Hashem in the merit of this tzadik, in the zechus of this tzadik. Suppose he gets on his knees and prays, “Tzadik,” he says, “Tzadik, please save me.” That's wrong. You don't say, “Tzadik save me.” You can say “Tzadik, please pray to Hashem for me. Your zechus should help me.”
TAPE # 689 (June 1988)

Saturday, April 8, 2023

teach hebrew

In the 1948 meeting notes for the Maimonides school, we see the following:

Question was raised of teaching children Hebrew in Hebrew. Mrs. Soloveitchik pointed out that the Hebrew Dept. of the school stressed the religious content so that the Hebrew language had been neglected. However, for the past few years, the Rabbi [Soloveitchik] has asked the Hebrew teachers to use more Hebrew and great attention to the language and grammar is now being paid. (Minutes book of the Maimonides School, May 29, 1948, p. 16 in Farber, An American Orthodox Dreamer, p. 116)