Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Roshei yeshiva- Yeshiva world targeted by Hurricane sandy calls for Chizuk in Limud HaTorah kavod Hatorah.
Hurricane Sandy not only devastated the east coast but the Olam hatorah, the Yeshiva world was plunged into darkness as Lakewood was hit with blackouts for 2 weeks causing a tremendous amount of Bittul torah as many youngeleit were learning without electricity for days and many other yeshivos were misplaced such as Long beach, bell harbor, Darchei torah and other Yeshivos in queens and the Five towns.
Rav Reuven Feinstein Shlit"a said at the Dirshu convention that HKB"H wants to awaken us and let us know that life cannot be as it was before as if nothing had happened. He added that we should strengthen ourselves with Torah learning of a practical nature - ללמוד לשמור לעשות ולקיים - not just learning for the sake of learning. He also added that in order to raise Talmidei Hachamim, we need to be stronger in learning Beki'us.
Rav Yitzchak Sorotzkin Shlit"a from Telz Cleveland and mesivta of lakewood said that the hurricane was due to Yeshiva boys who are lacking in Shibud Hatorah and Ameilus Batorah, who go home for Shabbos every other week and miss Sedarim because of a wedding here and a Bar Mitzvah here. This is understood by the fact that the hurricane hit the Torah world, and specifically Lakewood, causing a huge amount of Bitul Torah.
On the other hand, Rav Yerucham Olshin Shlit"a Rosh Yeshiva of BMG in Lakewood said that the hurricane was due to the attitude of some people who degrade the whole concept of Kollels and consider those who learn in Kollels babied by their parents who support them and lazy from doing work. We see this from the fact that during the power outage caused by the hurricane, people learned Torah in the dark and in the cold, showing that Bnei Torah will continue to learn even with hardships.
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