February 18, 2008

Out of Steam?

Filed under: Website Kvetching — Reb Moshe @ 12:35 am

I have filmed only one Torah Video this month and it is yet to be edited. It is not that I don’t want to teach Torah anymore but I simply don’t have the funds to warrant the time. This breaks my heart daily and to me it is a great suffering. Maybe it will become similar to the books I have written. Just another thing left aside waiting for a miracle. But I am not out of steam. I’m simply awaiting for salvation and trying what I can to bring forth the needed redemption. Please have ilovetorah in your prayers.


  1. B”H things will work out again.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — February 18, 2008 @ 4:20 am

  2. Reb Moshe, please do not think that your efforts are in vain. Nothing in Ha Shem’s world remains without consequence. I’m just reading your sefer “Kavanos Halev” and I’m learning so many new things I didn’t know before. I would like (with your permission) as soon as I’m not so busy to translate it into German so it can reach more people around the world.
    I remember what a wise man once said: A jew doesn’t have the right to despair. :))

    Comment by Teodor Todorov — February 19, 2008 @ 6:29 pm

  3. thanks, I am glad you are enjoying it. Rav Koltler Shlita also read it. Translating it is good but I first need it edited in english so the translation is exact.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — February 20, 2008 @ 12:29 am

  4. Of course, when I have enough time to start any translation, I will contact you, to see what we can do, to coordinate. Shalom.

    Comment by Teodor Todorov — February 20, 2008 @ 4:31 am

  5. I just discovered your site and I am overwelmed by your wisdom, warmth, depth, and humility. I have hardly begun to explore. Please do not shut down. You should link your site to more places to make it more well known. I can’t believe i never hit upon it. The work you do is mindboggling! Don’t despair and Hashem will surely help you. You make reference to your books, that your site will share a similar fate? What happened to your books. I would love to read them.

    Comment by Debby — February 20, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

  6. You want to know the truth, I can’t compete anymore with free movies and tv on the internet. This is a growing market and it is why people turn their computers on. People want to learn from Hollywood how to live their lives instead of from Torah.

    Comment by Reb Moshe — February 20, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

  7. B”H

    Do not despair. Harav Ginsburgh last week gave a series of lectures on hashra’ah (inspiration). The gematria of hashra’ah = tikvah (hope)= 511. We must have tikvah and have energetic hashra’ah always in our service of Hashem.

    The way to bring this influence practically down into our lives is through the desire to heal others, and more primarily, the entire world. To affect this we must bring the ray of Divine light that creates the worlds into our very own. To go from a general state of being inspired (such as by being in the presence of a tzaddik) to true inspiration (maintaining and developing the inspiration even after leaving the tzaddik’s presence) one must go through two levels:

    Chazak – Strength
    Amatz – Courage

    Chazak: To be inspired with strength is specifically to study Torah in an inspired way, where we are constantly receiving new and wondrous ideas.

    Amatz – To do a mitzvah courageously. Such as standing up to the current government in Israel or the like. Each person must ask advice from a spiritual mentor what courageousness would be mean for them.

    Through these actions, we come to a true, inner ability to heal the world. No longer is our inspiration in an external way. We clearly see how to change circumstances, and go about it diligently.

    Sometimes being courageous is choosing to feed one’s family over the noble ambitions of kiruv or other mitzvah work.

    We all need to learn how to approach the world, and the hope of spirituality procreating ourselves through the ideas we generate, in a manner of tikkun. More specifically, to fit the lights from the world of tohu (chaos) into the vessels of tikkun (rectification). This is accomplished through diligence (netzach) and sincerety (hod).

    Comment by Yonason — February 24, 2008 @ 8:34 am

  8. When I was at the kotel, it was the first time in a year that I was able to go. I spent the entire time thinking how I could share the experience with all of you. Maybe it is time to put my family first but the entire world is my family. Now sign off the Internet and go read a book before you all become illiterate! lol

    Comment by Reb Moshe — February 24, 2008 @ 8:19 pm

  9. B”H

    You should know that Rabbi Moshe Segal (1904-1985, a Lubavitcher Chassid who was active in the struggle to free the Holy Land from British rule) made the following Chasidishe Tanaim in addition to the traditional Tanaim:

    [Loosely paraphrased:] My activities are to go according to three priorities:

    1) The Jewish People
    2) My Parents
    3) My Wife and Family

    Specifically, #3 is the start of all Ahavas Yisroel. The first person to have Ahavah for is one’s wife, then the rest of the Jewish people.

    For the famous Yom Kippur shofar blowing account (which according to Rabbi Ginsburgh, son-in-law of Rabbi Segal, typifies Tiferes within Yesod – the power of ibberkergebinkeit, being given over to a cause), can be read here:


    Comment by Yonason — February 25, 2008 @ 7:12 pm

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