October 30, 2007

Some Privacy Please

Filed under: deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 8:06 am

I wanted to share some intimate moments I have with Hashem on my journeys around Tzfat but when I do share them, the files usually return corrupted and unusable. It is obviously the will of Hashem that I grow more as a person before sharing this. The Horelstyple Rebbe told me a few years ago that if I always share everything, I leave nothing for myself and I am left empty. As much as I tried heeding this advice over the years, I learnt that it was quite a difficult task in both aspects. A Righteous person even hides holy things from their spouse unless they know telling with help the other partner grow.

You know how many people I have met on the streets that after five minutes talking to them, I knew every sefer and every mitzvah they have done. Part of making friends is opening yourself up to another to let them in but it doesn’t mean bragging about your accomplishments. Then again, for a holy man, these things they speak of are very little compared to their real achievements so for them, they have really not opened up at all.

There was a holy Jew that was constantly engrossed in Torah study but nobody knew this because every time he heard a footstep, he closed his book so as not to be caught. Nobody has to know how holy you truly are, this is between you and Hashem. Do you know how many students today correct their teachers if the Rebbe stubble’s on something. Nobody would dare do such a thing in the old days. You never correct your teacher and if you do, you do so by hints or by saying it in way that comes out more as a confused question.

Everything has its time and place. Sometimes by being religious in public, one inspires others and even their friends.


  1. But I always thought that Torah was not ours for ourselves, that Torah belongst to us all as jews collectivley, that we have no right to hold it from anyone.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — October 30, 2007 @ 9:47 pm

  2. rebbe shimon would not talk to rav abba for 30 days because he withheld torah from him that he had learnt but at the same time, the people he learned the torah from were bannished to exile for releasing torah that was too high for the time

    Comment by Reb Moshe — November 7, 2007 @ 5:51 am

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