We Must Open Our Eyes
Now, more than ever, the simple Jewish truth is very evident:
there is nothing that we can do, and even nothing that we can
imagine that anyone can do, that will conclusively resolve
the difficult situation that we are in. We have no one upon
whom to rely except our Father in Heaven.
The Luchos and the Broken Luchos are in The Oron -- Part
III: You Need Daas Torah to Start a War
We have already explained that someone who sits and learns
Torah all day wrapped up in tallis and tefillin
of Rashi and Rabbenu Tam is not yet within the category of
being "chareidi," even if he does his best to observe rare
mitzvos such as pidyon peter chamor. A "chareidi" is
someone for whom the secular public is not part of the
historical Am Yisroel and he dissociates and
segregates himself totally from secular and wishy-washy
circles. He feels no connection to their actions and deeds
and finds no common ground with them on topics of religion,
culture, and so on.
A hesped on Rav Shach ztvk"l given on the
sheloshim, by Rav Zvi Friedman shlita
This shmuess serves as a classic example of the way
Reb Dovid would bring out the point of a statement of
Chazal's, for his talmidim. As HaRav Avrohom Pam
zt'l, put it, "He would take a single midrashic
thought and toy with it for an hour, analyzing it,
dramatizing it, expanding it at the risk of distortion,
reexamining it again and again at the risk of tedium, ever
fearful that the point is not yet fully appreciated, ever
straining to exhaust the beauty of the medrash . . .
by HaRav Dovid Leibowitz, zt'l
In every area known to us, physical or abstract, we make use
of a scale ranging from zero to whatever is the maximum.
Between "a rainy day" and a "not rainy day," there is a vast
range of in-between levels which are gauged most precisely by
the barometer and the millimeters of rainfall. The range
between hot and cold is similarly measured off in degrees and
partial degrees to a fine precision.
by Yochonon Dovid
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