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Rav Avigdor Miller on The Satmerer Rebbe and Da'as Torah

תגובהדורך Yoely » מיטוואך אוגוסט 08, 2018 1:09 pm

Q:
Would you say that the Satmerer Rebbe is a gadol batorah?
A:
Certainly he's a gadol batorah, absolutely.
Q:
Then why did he write such a book,
על הגאולה ועל התמורה
which is against the fighting of the 1967 War and other things that the State of Israel is doing?
A:
What's wrong with the book, let's hear?
Q:
He shouldn't print such a thing. I tried to read it. I couldn't even read it for five minutes. I threw it from my hands after five minutes.
A:
So you're bringing a proof from yourself? Who cares what you think? Are you a gadol batorah? You're merely saying your opinion, that's all. The question is, are we going to ask you, you over there, an unknown man; are we going to ask you for your opinion for the Jewish Nation?! Or shall we ask the great men who have Torah minds, the ones who lead our nation? Who should we ask, you or the great men?
Q:
The great men we should ask.
A:
So keep quiet. Keep quiet! Keep quiet, then. Your da'as is not da'as Torah, so we don't care about your opinion. Da'as Torah means that you go to the gedolei Yisroel and ask their opinion. If you get gedolim to tell you that you're right about it, then you're right. But you can't say something yourself! To throw the book?! Why shouldn't he write such a book. Maybe the gedolim agreed that he should write such a book. Did you ask them?! No, you asked your little head, and you don't like the book. You don't like the book?! That's exactly why you should be reading it.
Q:
So why doesn't he have haskamos? You can't just trust the gedolim.
A:
The Satmerer Rebbe is a great man. He doesn't need haskamos. He gives haskamos.
Q:
But politics and other things, we can't go to the gedolim. We don't just listen to anything they say.
A:
Yes, we do. Absolutely we do. If we are Jews, then that's what we do. That statement of yours is something that cannot pass by unchallenged. It's the difference between being a Jew and a non-Jew. A Jew listens to gedolim, that's it. And if you don't listen, then you're not a Jew. There are no two ways about it; no questions on it. You can't point out instances to prove that you shouldn't listen to gedolim. It won't help because that's a principle of the Torah, that you must listen to the gedolim. And if you don't, then you don't belong here. You belong in Beis Hakisei Rodef Shalom.

I'm sorry that I have to answer you back like this. Ordinarily, I could let it go by, but this can't be helped. When you veer away from da'as Torah, that's it! We have to listen to the gedolim and that's all. I would never yield to you on that. Sometimes you can argue with me, but when it comes to whom do we turn to for leadership, we ask only our great men and there's no two ways about it. Anybody who doesn't want to ask the great men doesn't belong here, that's all. When it comes to a question of policy for the Jewish people, we don't ask this yingeleh, or this man, or this organization. We ask only our great men. It's not just a question of policy; it's a question of being a Jew. A Jew knows where to look for leadership. And if you look elsewhere you're not part of the Jewish people.

TAPE # R-22 (1972)
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על הגאולה ועל התמורה איז די דעת תורה!

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » מיטוואך אוגוסט 08, 2018 1:11 pm

Would you say that the Satmerer Rebbe is a gadol batorah?

Certainly he's a gadol batorah, absolutely.

Then why did he write such a book, Al HaGeulah V’Al HaTemurah, which is against the fighting of the 1967 War and other things that the State of Israel is doing?

What's wrong with the book, let's hear?

He shouldn't print such a thing. I tried to read it. I couldn't even read it for five minutes. I threw it from my hands after five minutes.

So you're bringing a proof from yourself? Who cares what you think? Are you a gadol batorah? You're merely saying your opinion, that's all. The question is, are we going to ask you, you over there, an unknown man; are we going to ask you for your opinion for the Jewish Nation?! Or shall we ask the great men who have Torah minds, the ones who lead our nation? Who should we ask, you or the great men?

The great men we should ask.

So keep quiet. Keep quiet! Keep quiet, then. Your da'as is not da'as Torah, so we don't care about your opinion. Da'as Torah means that you go to the gedolei Yisroel and ask their opinion. If you get gedolim to tell you that you're right about it, then you're right. But you can't say something yourself! To throw the book?! Why shouldn't he write such a book. Maybe the gedolim agreed that he should write such a book. Did you ask them?! No, you asked your little head, and you don't like the book. You don't like the book?! That's exactly why you should be reading it.

So why doesn't he have haskamos? You can't just trust the gedolim.

The Satmerer Rebbe is a great man. He doesn't need haskamos. He gives haskamos!

But politics and other things, we can't go to the gedolim. We don't just listen to anything they say.

Yes, we do. Absolutely we do. If we are Jews, then that's what we do. That statement of yours is something that cannot pass by unchallenged. It's the difference between being a Jew and a non-Jew. A Jew listens to gedolim, that's it. And if you don't listen, then you're not a Jew. There are no two ways about it; no questions on it. You can't point out instances to prove that you shouldn't listen to gedolim. It won't help because that's a principle of the Torah, that you must listen to the gedolim. And if you don't, then you don't belong here. You belong in Beis Hakisei Rodef Shalom...

I'm sorry that I have to answer you back like this. Ordinarily, I could let it go by, but this can't be helped. When you veer away from da'as Torah, that's it! We have to listen to the gedolim and that's all. I would never yield to you on that. Sometimes you can argue with me, but when it comes to whom do we turn to for leadership, we ask only our great men, and there are no two ways about it. Anybody who doesn't want to ask the great men doesn't belong here, that's all. When it comes to a question of policy for the Jewish people, we don't ask this yingeleh, or this man, or this organization. We ask only our great men. It's not just a question of policy; it's a question of being a Jew. A Jew knows where to look for leadership. And if you look elsewhere you're not part of the Jewish people.

-- TAPE # R-22 (1972))

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תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » מיטוואך אוגוסט 08, 2018 1:14 pm

איצט בשעת'ן אריבערלייגן דעם שטיקל זעה איך אז רבי יואלי האט עס שוין געלייגט. דאפלט איז שטערקער...

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תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דינסטאג אוגוסט 14, 2018 6:55 pm


If it's ossur to think divrei Torah in the bathroom, then what should one think about?

What should we think about in the bathroom? You should think about what a chesed it is that you're able to go to the bathroom normally. You should think about it. Chasdei Hashem! Yes, you should spend time thinking about that. It's a tremendous chesed.

Rofei Chol Basar U'maflee La'asos. Maflee la'asos means that it's a miracle. It's miracles upon miracles. Now, some of the kadmonim didn't always understand this, so there are all kinds of peirushim on those words. But today we know that it's simply miracles and miracles. I'd like to explain a little more about how miraculous it really is but it would take too much time. But it's a miracle. You're able to expell the waste; and you should be filled with happiness that Hakodosh Boruch Hu is doing this miracle for you. Put thought into that.

And then, when you get out of the bathroom and make the bracha of Asher Yatzar make sure to put all those thoughts that you had in the bathroom into the brachah.

-- TAPE # E-247

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ראנאלד רעיגען פאר פרעזידענט!

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דינסטאג אוגוסט 14, 2018 7:02 pm


What about this subject that’s brought up of mixing religion and politics? It’s an accusation lately brought up against Reagan that he’s mixing religion and politics.

And our answer is, we want mixing of religion and politics, because everybody is doing it. If Governor Cuomo went and attended a to'eva banquet to raise money for the To'eva for Political Action, isn't that mixing religion and politics?! Of course it is. That’s his religion. What else is it? Is it public welfare? Is it a benefit for the youth? Is it to make more money for the government? No, it’s religion.

So just as the liberals have their religion of atheism, a religion of hedonism, a religion of corruption, and pornography and breaking down all the values of civilization, so why shouldn’t the President also have religion?

On the contrary, if we see the President speaking about religion, so we might suspect him that he’s trying to get the votes of religious people. And if that’s the case, then he’s getting our votes. Everybody should vote for President Reagan, there’s no question about it. If you didn’t register yet, then this coming Tuesday, the ninth of October is registration day. So go and register, from nine in the morning to nine at night. Find out where in your neighborhood. In this neighborhood it’s on East 8th Street, the public school. Go register and make it your business to vote.

We need your vote; it’s a mitzvah rabba to vote. That’s also one of the things I say that will rise up against a man on the day of judgment. You mean to say you’re going to be lax in this great battle against the forces of evil that are trying to overthrow our civilization? Everybody should vote. I registered already. Everybody should register. It’s your business to register.

We want religion in politics. We want Presidents who believe in a Creator. We want Presidents who believe in values of morality and decency. That’s the only foundation of our society. And therefore, our answer is, if a President speaks religion and makes public pronouncements about it, then he is the man that we’re going to vote for.

-- TAPE # 524 (October 1980)

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אלול, אמאל און היינט

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דינסטאג אוגוסט 14, 2018 7:18 pm


Why is it that in Europe, in the Yeshivas and even among the balabatim, there was a real sensation of Aimas Ha'din during Elul and during Selichos, while here in America we don't see that type of feeling? Aren't we frum just like they were in Europe?

Let me explain something to you. In the ancient times - and by ancient, I mean a hundred years ago - when they bentched Rosh Chodesh Elul there was a trembling, a tziternish. Yes. As soon as they mentioned Elul there was a tziternish. And that's because in those days people lived with emunah. Today, even though we have very frum people, you have to know that we are saturated with the outside world's apikorsis. So many people, Orthodox Jews, frum Jews, are really apikorsim right underneath the skin. The mind is full of the atmosphere that comes in from the street. And one has to work very hard to fight this influence. You really have to work on it. Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, did they have any significant contact with the goyim? No, nothing at all. They did business with the goyim. They bought and sold. But did they read goyishe things? Never.

But here we are facing a gezeirah. Our children in school must read English books. English books, even if they are not full of apikorsis; they are still goyishe books, you have to know. And the best goyishe books are a harmful influence. I know what I'm talking about. The best goyishe books are a harmful influence. They get into the heads of our children. And into our heads, as well.

That's why we say, "Ribono Shel Olam, kabtzeinu vi'hatzi'leinu min ha'goyim." Hashem, please make us free from the goyim. We want to be able to come together once again, and live the way Jews are supposed to live, without any influence at all from the outside.

And therefore, what's even the question?! We're very far away from how they used to approach Elul because we're very far away from emunah. As Rav Yeruchem, the Mashgiach, once said. He said this about eighty years ago. He said, "We can not even understand the greatness of our great-grandmothers." They had such yiras shamayim that even Rav Yeruchem himself couldn't feel it. The outside world had begun to seep in. It was gradual, but it began to make its way in. And that's how the Jewish world began to spoil.

And although today, boruch Hashem, there is a big movement for teshuva, we have to also make a very big movement for teshuva pnimis. To create a pure Torah mind requires work. A very great movement is needed. We have to work very hard in order to regain just part of the attitude that our great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers once had. The Jewish street was mamish saturated with yiras Hashem. You have no idea - no idea at all - what it was like to walk in the Jewish street.

-- TAPE # E-248

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אמאליגע מלבושים

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » מיטוואך אוגוסט 15, 2018 10:14 pm


How come we don’t dress like the chachomim of old dressed?

First of all, we don’t know how they dressed. Secondly, even they didn’t always dress the same way. There were generations when they dressed one way and there were generations when they dressed differently. I will explain it to you. There were twelve shevatim. Each shevet was entirely different. They lived by themselves, and they didn’t intermarry. They had their own minhagim, they had their own malbushim, ways of dressing. Even the way they spoke lashon kodesh was different. So today, we don’t know whom to emulate. And therefore, we are not breaking the tradition of the past – we have no way of knowing the tradition.

So, what the Jews have done today is to maintain the traditions that the frum Jews of the last century have done, and that’s wonderful. It’s very good; it’s enough. Today we say that all of the generations of shomrei mitzvos are also one shevet – the tribe of Hashem. So, that much we know, and we follow the minhag as much as we can.

We don’t know what the chochomim wore. I’ll give you an example. In the times of the Gemara, they wore only white shoelaces, not black shoelaces. The Gemara tells a story about a man who wore black shoelaces and was arrested by a policeman, “Why don't you listen? What are you wearing black shoelaces for?” So he said, “I am mourning for the churban beis hamikdash.” And the policeman said - it was a Jewish policeman, the Jews had their own policemen - “You think you're chashuv enough to mourn for the churban beis hamikdash? No, you're just showing off!” And he arrested him – for showing off. Later, they released him because he proved himself to be a big talmid chochom.

So, we see that they even had a different kind of shoelaces in those days. And since we don’t know exactly what it was that they did, so we can’t follow their minhagim. And so, today, if you wear the clothing that the frummeh wear, that's how you identify with the shevet of Hashem, and that's what Hashem wants. You don't have to worry about turbans and shoelaces.

-- TAPE #E-91 (November 1996)

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די חשוב'סטע אשה אין כלל ישראל

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » מיטוואך אוגוסט 15, 2018 10:29 pm


The rabbi said tonight that he believes that Moshe Rabeinu was the greatest man who ever lived. Who was the greatest woman who ever lived? And why?

That's a big question. I think it was Sarah. And I think I can substantiate that by saying that she had the greatest husband. Now, although I said that I believe Moshe Rabeinu was even greater than Avraham, but Tziporah, Moshe's wife, was a different story. Although she certainly was a tzidkanis, we don't have any evidence that Tziporah participated in Moshe Rabeinu’s career. The truth is that she didn't. Moshe Rabeinu had to separate from her for many years until the end of his life in order to be with Hashem.

But Sarah, she was Abraham's partner. That we know. They lived together and their idealism was shared till the end. - They were a team: Avraham megayer es he'anashim v'Sarah megayeres es ha'nashim - Avraham was teaching about Hakodesh Boruch Hu to the men, while Sarah was doing the same for the women.

So it seems to me that it's simple to say that it was Sarah who was the greatest woman who ever lived. Now, I really should say, that maybe Chava was greater. Our first mother may have been greater than Sarah. And so I'll have to leave that open for now.

-- TAPE # 144 (November 1976)

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פערפעקשאניזם איז א מדה רעה

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דאנארשטאג אוגוסט 16, 2018 3:53 pm


How does one curb the middah of perfectionism that's gotten out of hand?

Sometimes people are too medakdek in gasmiyus'dike things, they feel that things have to be just so. And you must know that it is like any other weakness or middah ra'ah that requires a certain amount of fortitude to overcome. You work on one thing at a time, consistently, and you make steps forward.

You can train yourself to overcome your middah of being a perfectionist by making up your mind that you're going to neglect one thing. Just one thing won't be perfect. Let's say it's always bothering you about many things. So today, neglect one thing. Harden your heart and don't bother about it. Just let it be. So now, in one thing you're not a perfectionist anymore. That's already a good step in the right direction.

The next day, choose another thing, and stop being a perfectionist in that one thing. Let that second thing slide as well. Just let it be. Now you already have two things that you let go of. Two things! That's already a big step! After a while you have four or five, even six things that you're not a perfectionist in; it's contagious and it will spread to other things too.

-- TAPE # E-116

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הוי מתפלל בשלומה של מלכות

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דאנארשטאג אוגוסט 16, 2018 5:01 pm


What do you think about the election of Carter to be our next President?

I haven't the slightest knowledge about Carter. But I hope that Hakodosh Boruch Hu will give Him His blessings and give him success. Now that he's been elected, it's a mitzvah to daven for Carter.

It's a mitzvah. You have to be mispallel b'shlom malchus; every Jew has to pray for the benefit of the government. Now that he's been elected, we daven he should be well; he shouldn' catch a cold. He shouldn't be bothered by the liberals. He shouldn't have any wars in his time. And b'yomov tivosha Yehuda, v'Yisroel yishkon lovetach (Yirmiyahu 23:6), in his time the Jewish people should be happy and prosperous and Moshiach should come. That's the best I can tell you.

And that's our duty, to pray for Carter. Every Jew has to pray for Carter. And you have to still pray for Ford by the way, because he's still President until January. So for the duration of his term you have to pray for him.

A Jew must pray for his government. It's very important. It's a mishna in Mesichta Avos (3:2); plain and simple we must pray for the government. And even if you haven't done it till now, it's a good time to begin. From now on think about it sometimes, and say it. Even when you're on the street walking, say a little prayer for the President and for the Vice-president, and don't be ashamed. Don't worry that you might be ridiculed by somebody - let nobody know about it. But you should know that you're doing the duty of an Orthodox Jew.

You must pray for the government! Not because you want to show the government that you pray for them. The fakers come together and wave flags, and they make an official prayer - that doesn't mean a thing. They're not praying for the government, they're just showing off. Pray for the government quietly between yourself and Hashem. And you should really mean it. Have in mind that Carter should be well and that he shouldn't have troubles. He shouldn't fight with his wife. He should have peace at home and peace in the government. Congress should cooperate with him. There's no question that if there will be a tranquil government, then Carter will try to make a good name for himself. No question about it. Any President would like to make a regime that will go down in history as a successful regime.

And so, our best wishes are given to the incumbent, President-elect Carter, and Hakodosh Boruch Hu should help him - and us.

-- TAPE # 144 (November 1976)

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הכל בידי שמים, אפילו נזקי הגוף

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דאנארשטאג אוגוסט 16, 2018 5:39 pm


Since Hashem is in charge of everything, and if a Jew is a victim of crime, is it proper to say that it is Hashem's will?

It's proper to say everything is Hashem's will, but it doesn't mean you have to take it lying down. Like a person that gets a headache, it's Hashem's will, but it's Hashem's will also he should get up and take an aspirin. Certainly he has to heal himself, vrapei yerapei.

And the aspirin to criminals is, to kick out all the liberal judges and put in tough judges. To reinstate capital punishment, and to make youthful felons responsible as if they were adult criminals: that's aspirin.

Certainly everything happens by Hashem's decree, anybody that's a victim, it's done by Hashem. So what about it? We shouldn't take it supinely, lying down and yielding, we have to fight back, because that's also what Hashem wants us to do.


A Moment with Rabbi Avigdor Miller Zt"l #437
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וְזָרַקְתִּי עֲלֵיכֶם מַיִם טְהוֹרִים וּטְהַרְתֶּם מִכֹּל טֻמְאוֹתֵיכֶם וּמִכָּל גִּלּוּלֵיכֶם אֲטַהֵר אֶתְכֶם (יחזקאל ל"ו, כ"ה)
וְנָתַתִּי לָכֶם לֵב חָדָשׁ וְרוּחַ חֲדָשָׁה אֶתֵּן בְּקִרְבְּכֶם וַהֲסִרֹתִי אֶת לֵב הָאֶבֶן מִבְּשַׂרְכֶם וְנָתַתִּי לָכֶם לֵב בָּשָׂר (שם כ"ו)
וְאֶת רוּחִי אֶתֵּן בְּקִרְבְּכֶם וְעָשִׂיתִי אֵת אֲשֶׁר בְּחֻקַּי תֵּלֵכוּ וּמִשְׁפָּטַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ וַעֲשִׂיתֶם (שם כ"ז)
How Can Yom Kippur Change A Person?

When Yom Kippur is over, you're not the same person. You have changed fundamentally. You have learned the very great lesson of Bitachon (trust in Hashem). You put in the effort of believing in Hashem's management of all your affairs. That is a gem that's settled in your mind and it's a diamond that's going to shine and illuminate all the days of the coming year.

-- Best Day of the Year (#933)
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אמר רבי יהושע בן קרחה: בהבראם, באברהם, בזכותו של אברהם (בראשית רבה י"ב ט')

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What Was The Career Of Abraham?

Abraham made a career of demonstrating to the world the plan and design of Hashem, and for this he was chosen to be the father of the Jewish people.

-- Rejoice, O Youth
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שיחה בשעת התפלה

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » פרייטאג אוגוסט 17, 2018 1:48 pm

לא ישיח שיחת חולין בשעה ששליח ציבור חוזר התפלה, ואם שח הוא חוטא וגדול עונו מנשוא וגוערים בו.
(שו"ע אורח חיים סי' קכ"ד)

How can we stop people from talking during chazaras hashatz and kriyas haTorah?

And the answer is that you have to read to them what is written in the Tur and the Shulchan Aruch. It says kol hasach sicha beteila b’soch chazaras hashatz, anybody who talks unnecessary talk - now unnecessary talk means, if it’s something that’s dangerous, so you have to tell someone watch out. Otherwise, you don’t talk. And if you do talk then, hu chotei, he’s a sinner, v’goarin bo, and you have to scold him. All around that's how it should be; if you see somebody talking everybody should start shouting "Sha! Sha! Sha!" All around.

V’gadol avono m’niso, his sin is too big to forgive. That’s a terrible thing to say. His sin is too big to forgive because it’s a sin of chillul Hashem.

If everybody is standing or sitting in shul and the shatz, the leader, is speaking for them to Hakadosh Baruch Hu, and this nincompoop, this empty head, this letz, turns to his neighbor to exchange idle conversation, it means that he is negating everything that goes on. Nothing is worth anything in comparison to his little unimportant desires. And so it’s chillul Hashem; he’s profaning the glory of Hashem. Gadol avono m’niso! That sin can never be forgiven. Even if you want to do teshuva you cannot repent from chillul Hashem.

And you have to say it over and over in the ears of the people. Now don’t say "Don't be melamed chova on the Am Yisrael", because the Shulchan Aruch says that, the Tur says that. So what you're saying is "Don’t teach Tur to the people." People must be told! You have to throw it in their teeth again and again, until finally some people will listen.

-- TAPE # 371 (May 1981)

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נשים במקומות העבודה

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » מאנטאג אוגוסט 20, 2018 4:33 pm


What is the Torah view of women in the workplace nowadays when supporting a family is often difficult on only one income?

In Mishlei we have a model of an eishes chayil, a woman of valor (=great courage), and it describes her as a woman who earns money. She brings money into the home. She takes wool, and she spins it, and she makes it into garments, and then she sells it to merchants. And her husband sits all day long among the chachomim, the sages, in the gate of the city. So here's a case of a kollel woman. For women who wish to work and support their husbands in the kollel, the eishes chayil is a proof, it's a good proof.

So if a woman is capable of working, and she has a good environment in which to work, very good. But she doesn't have to work, it's not necessary that she work. There's plenty of work raising a family; Ooh Ahh! The seforim say that if you have tza'ar gidul bonim, if you have the stress of raising a family, you don't see even the doorway of Gehenim. When the time comes to leave this world, you won't have to visit Gehenim at all. You had Gehenim in this world already!

If you raise a family, you're going to sit on a golden throne in the Next World like a queen. You're a queen if you raise a big family. There's plenty of work at home; a homemaker is a tremendous job. It needs wisdom, and other great abilities. You have to be patient and a wise diplomat in order to be a homemaker.

But in case a woman wants to support her husband while he's learning, that's also an ideal. It's a voluntary ideal; nobody can force you to do it, but if you choose to do it, go ahead, why not?

But there's another question, however. Should a woman be in a place mixed with men? That's a different story. That's a very delicate question. This I will say, that you must exercise caution. Now I know this from much experience. People call me up every day. My phone, my two phones, are ringing every day with questions, and I know what happens. It's very unhealthy when the two genders mix. Just like here, you're sitting separately, it's wonderful, you're an Am Kadosh. And in the workplace too, as much as possible don't mix. As much as possible! That's just my private advice, but it's built on solid experience. Don't mix. Don't mix!

-- TAPE # E-42 (December 1996)

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טעלעוויזיע לשם שמים...

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » מאנטאג אוגוסט 20, 2018 4:35 pm


If we would listen to you, and not watch television and not read the New York Times, then how could Orthodox Jews keep themselves informed of current events which might affect the Jewish community?

The truth is that the vast majority of Orthodox Jews are not the ones who manage the affairs of the Orthodox community. So you can leave that for the big minds who are actually responsible for the Orthodox community. The fact that you are going to listen to television or read the New York Times is not going to help the management of the Jewish community at all. It's only for your own amusement and your own entertainment that you're doing it, and that's just your excuse.

-- TAPE # 144 (November 1976)

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תשובה, א גאלדענע בלעכל איבער טיפע קריצן

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » מאנטאג אוגוסט 20, 2018 5:01 pm


Shouldn't proper Teshuva erase the wrong impressions on one's mind?

And I have to tell you what the Kuzari himself says in someplace else, and he says you'll never erase. You can never erase any impression on your mind. And even if you'll repent, he said, you heard, let's say, love songs in your youth, and now you have outgrown these things; you ridicule it. You cannot erase them from your mind, that's what he says. However, a note of consolation which he doesn't say, but we'll add it anyhow.

Let's say somebody was given a mahogany table, and he didn't realize the value of this piece of furniture, and he was careless, and he even allowed it to be scratched. Now, a deep scratch in mahogany you cannot undo. You can't take off that deep scratch. A shallow scratch you can varnish over, a deep scratch is going to be there. So even though you'll varnish it and it will glisten more than before, you'll take it to a master furniture craftsman, but a deep scratch, there'll always be a depression in the wood, you can't change it.

What can you do? If you'll be prosperous enough to buy an expensive gold plate that will cover the entire table, then it becomes a more beautiful object than before, and the scratch you won't notice. It's there however, that depression is still there.

So you do Teshuva, you're covering with gold the surface that had been marred. Of course, it would have been better if he had never marred the surface; but if you overlay it with gold, it's like the Shulchan. The Shulchan was made of expensive wood, but on top of the wood it was a covering of gold.

So that's what a Baal Teshuva is, he's covered with gold, and he is better than he was before. He is better than an ordinary mahogany man. A mahogany Jew, just an ordinary Frum Jew who never did any big sins, but he didn't overlay it with gold! A Baal Teshuva overlaid it with gold, he's more precious

But you can never erase what was done; that's why your mind has to be guarded.


A Moment with Rabbi Avigdor Miller Zt"l #103
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הנושא אשה צריך לבדוק אחריה וכו' אמה ואביה

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דינסטאג אוגוסט 21, 2018 5:12 pm


How much emphasis should I put on yichus when choosing a shidduch?

It depends; if it's yichus that she comes, let's say, from Dovid Hamelech, then forget about it. But if it's yichus that she comes from good parents, her father is a talmid chochom, a decent man, and her mother is a quiet decent woman, then that's the best yichus there is.

Now, if you have two girls who are exactly the same, and one claims yichus from Dovid Hamelech, so you can choose the one from Dovid Hamelech - if they're both the same. But the best yichus is a good upbringing and good chinuch. If the girl went to a good Bais Yaakov school, a frum school - not a modern school - that's a very good yichus. If the girl is quiet - by the way, you should look for a quiet girl, not for a lively vivacious girl. And the girls who are lively should act as if they're not, so that he shouldn't know that you are so lively. But don't get a lively girl. That's a yichus! The best yichus you can find is good character and good upbringing.

-- TAPE # E-94 (January 1997)

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כל המשנ"ה, דעת"ו על העליונה

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דינסטאג אוגוסט 28, 2018 7:28 pm


Can the Rav offer me some advice for how I might be able to alleviate some of the stress that I feel?

Sleep eight hours a night without exception. Eight hours every night without exception! No chasunahs, no other simchas. No excuses. If you start sleeping eight hours every night, and you do it for a long time, you will discover a great change in your nervous system. A great change! If you take my advice, and you're consistent about it, you'll never want to go back to your former sleeping habits. You'll be a different person altogether.

Now, that's not the only thing. But it's one of the first things to do. Most people, you'll discover, are subject to stress and other nervous disorders because of lack of sleep. Sleep is one of the greatest gifts of Hashem. It's a pleasure to put your head down on the pillow and drift off into a sweet sleep. A pleasure! So make sure not to abuse this gift. Use it the right way and you'll be a happy man.

-- TAPE # E-221 (April 2000)

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התקן עצמך בפרוזדור כדי שתכנס לטרקלין

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מיטוואך אוגוסט 29, 2018 11:34 am

Is There Pleasure In The Afterlife Even For Lowly People?

Alas for the man who permits himself to be deluded by the darkness of the Evil Inclination! Such men are not able to enjoy the Afterlife, for they are not prepared; they have accustomed themselves to delight in the false pleasures of the body. The conditions which made the righteous happy in the Afterlife, make the unprepared unhappy.

-- Rejoice, O Youth

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תשובה פאר אלע אפגעפארענע וואס טראכטען וואס איז דער חילוק צווישען יהדות און אלע אנדערע רעליגיעס.
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השמים שמים לה' והארץ נתן לבני אדם - Plan and purpose

תגובהדורך SPUSMN » מיטוואך אוגוסט 29, 2018 11:37 am

How Do We See That The World Was Made For People?

There are no accidents in a purposeful world. The fact that Man rules the world demonstrates that the world was made for man.

-- Rejoice, O Youth
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אידן, בערד, אנטיסעמיטן

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דאנארשטאג אוגוסט 30, 2018 5:48 pm


Why is there such an importance affixed to having a beard? Why can't a person be a good Jew even without a beard?

You can be a very good Jew without a beard. Only that you're not advertising your identity. A beard is a flag. If you walk down the street waving an American flag, then you're going to be the target of all the bums, of all the beatniks, of all the liberals. Whereas, if you carry the American flag inside, beneath your lapel, you might be a big patriot, but you're not suffering for it.

I'm not saying that you have to wear a beard in order to be a tzadik; but you're not suffering forJudiasm. So if you want someone to spit in your face like a woman did in mine -- I was walking up the subways stairs and a woman looks at me and spits directly into my face. I didn't let her get away with it, by the way. I said, "You have to come upstairs with me or something will happen to you. And I'm going to have you arrested." And I said it not so quietly like I'm saying it to you. There were people standing around; they wanted to defend her but they saw the look on my face -- I meant business! So she tried to beg off. Nothing doing; I made her climb the stairs all the way up and I stood outside looking for a police car. But you know, you look and you look, and you wait. So I told her to go home. What could I do? I would have pressed charges. And if she hadn't come up with me, she would have had something to remember! I wouldn't let her get away with it. She spat into my face!

And this didn't happen once. It happened more than once. Here I was standing by the roadside, and a motorist spits in my face as he passes by. He wouldn't spit in your face. Because he thinks you're a brother Italian!

Three times people spat in my face. Stones have been thrown at me. Once I was bruised! All because of the beard. Now, you think I would sell that? I wouldn't sell any one of these incidents! Now, it could be that if you offered me a very big sum I might weaken. But for a mere five hundred dollars, I wouldn't sell it. It pays to suffer for being a Jew. Even to suffer unwillingly it pays.

And so you could be a wonderful tzadik without a beard. I'm not criticizing you for not wearing a beard. I'm just saying that you haven't borne the burden of being a Jew yet.

But I once heard from someone that you have to be ro’u lekach to have a beard?

This gentleman is saying that in order to have a beard you have to be worthy of it. To put on a beard without being worthy is like traveling under a false banner. Well, there may be something to that. But I'm not going into that subject now because I'm not pressing anybody, I'm not urging anyone to wear a beard. This man merely asked me what's the virtue of a beard. So I told him the virtue is that you're suffering for your people. You're suffering for your Torah, you're suffering for your G-d. But I'm not saying that you have to stick your neck out and suffer. If you want to, you can; it's up to you. But in the Next World, I'm telling you, there won't be any beards to grow.

-- TAPE # 27 (May 1974)

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השי"ת איז נישט מוותר בלי תשובה!

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דאנארשטאג אוגוסט 30, 2018 5:53 pm


There is a statement that anybody who says that Hakodosh Boruch Hu is a vatran, which means that He waive a man's sins and not punish, so that man who says such a thing, he'll be punished just for saying that (Bava Kamma 50a). But don't we see that Hakodosh Boruch Hu says that if we repent, then even if our sins are as scarlet as crimson, He'll whiten them like pure white wool?

Now that's a scholarly question, but the answer lies in the words themselves. Hakodosh Boruch Hu never forgives! He's not mivater on anything. If a man did a wrong, if he did a sin, then even though fifty years have passed by, and in between, this man became a tzadik, he became a big Rosh Yeshiva with a long white beard, still Hakodosh Boruch Hu won't forgive him. Hakodosh Boruch Hu won't forgive him unless he repents, unless he does teshuva. But with teshuva, He forgives. But without teshuva, He will not be a vatran; He won't waive anything.

-- TAPE # 21(March 1974)

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הכנסת אורחים

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דאנארשטאג אוגוסט 30, 2018 5:58 pm


How far should a person go to fulfill the mitzvah of hachnosas orchim?

And the answer is it depends on the circumstances. If you have to go to work, so your job is hachnosas orchim to your wife and your children. You have to pay rent for them. So you have to weigh one thing against another. And if the orei'ach, the guest you're considering, happens to be a dangerous person; let’s say you see him walking up your steps mumbling to himself, so watch out. Let him stay in the street. If you want, you can carry something out for him into the street, but make sure to close your door behind you.

So everything depends on the circumstances; how far you should go depends on the situation. If it's a meshulach from Eretz Yisroel or a chossid from Williamsburg and he’s walking in the hot sun all day long trying to collect a dollar or so for his fourteen children, when he comes to your house try to finagle him to take a glass of water from your kitchen. He wouldn’t eat anything else in your house, I can assure you. He’s afraid that your milk is not cholov Yisroel, he’s afraid that your bread is not kosher. But ask him, "Maybe you want a glass of water? Maybe you want an orange." Ah, if you can deceive such a man, if you can trick him into taking an apple from you, then you have lived for a purpose that day.

It’s a pity that people don’t understand that. They give him a dollar and let him go on. And he goes farmatert, weary and thirsty, from house to house. This man has a lot of children and he works hard. He works in the factory. But on Sundays he’s off, so Sunday he goes collecting money to pay tuition for his children. That’s what they do. They have to pay tuition. The Satmarer cheder doesn’t give tuition for nothing. And so on Sundays he collects tuition for his children. So if you see him on the street and you give him something, it's not a bad idea to invite him in for a drink. If you can pour something down his throat, you’re a lucky man. So how far you should go depends on the circumstances; it depends on the giver and on the recipient and on the circumstances.

-- TAPE #371 (August 1981)

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נטורי קרתא

תגובהדורך מונאוויטש » דאנארשטאג אוגוסט 30, 2018 6:03 pm


The Neturei Karta recently published an advertisement in the New York Times protesting against the State of Israel. Do you think it's right to air our dirty laundry in public like that?

This gentleman is asking me if the Neturei Karta did the right thing by advertising against the Zionists. Look, there's no question that there is a necessity to clarify public opinion. The State of Israel today is headed by atheists, right? You don't doubt that, do you? Who are the people who have power in the State of Israel? Atheists! Apikorsim are the ones in control!

Now, listen to me. Golda Meir was invited by President Nixon to a very big dinner at the White House. And they served there every kind of treifeh food. And as Golda Meir sat there, representing the State of Israel - she was the Prime Minister after all - she was fressin all the tarfus. And together with her, all the big people of the State of Israel were there. I don't want to say that the Mizrachi were present; no, they wouldn't eat tarfus. They do a lot of things, but that they wouldn't do. But they had plenty of people who are more powerful than Mizrachi - Mizrachi is not powerful - I'm talking about the really powerful people in the State; and they were sitting there gorging themselves on kol minei tarfus.

The State of Israel has no longer any proper censorship on the movies. And they are producing the very "finest" movies today - movies that can be accepted even in Scandinavia and other filthy countries in Europe.

So all over the world people are looking at the State of Israel and they're thinking, "That's the Jewish People!" Because these resha'im heading the State claim to speak for the Jewish People! Which means that the Jewish People are represented by atheists who do not believe in Hashem and who do not believe in the Bible. Because the Bible says that it's forbidden to eat chazer; and Golda Meir ate chazer at President Nixon's dinner.
So we have to speak up and tell the world that there is a Jewish religion and that these apikorsim don't represent us. That's all! There's a Jewish religion and those who keep the Jewish religion do not approve of these people. And therefore there is a certain necessity for such an ad.

-- TAPE # 29 (May 1974)

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