Thursday, March 13, 2008

FW: Shiur by Rav Avraham Schorr on Merkaz Attacks - Must Hear

From: Dixie Yid []
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2008 1:40 PM
Subject: Shiur by Rav Avraham Schorr on Merkaz Attacks - Must Hear

have posted an embeded player and a link to downloading this brief
shiur by Rav Avraham Schorr, son of Rav Gedalia Schorr and compiler of
Ohr Gedaliyahu, which he gave right after the Merkaz Harav attack. It
puts everything in perspective for us and to me and shows, by
example, how a real Jew with a heart feels when something happens to
the Jewish people.

-Dixie Yid (

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  1. I couldn't get past the first minute. He pulled a fast one that turned me off. How, he asks, can we go on with our lives when yeshiva bochurim are killed in cold blood? It's a very fair question and one that makes us all feel like dirt. But you can ask it about anything that has happened over the past 20 years.

    How can we go on with our lives when innocent people traveling on a bus are blown up? When families innocently eating pizza are killed? When Jewish soldiers, many in Hesder programs, are putting their lives in constant danger, often losing them? Etc. etc. etc.

    If we stopped everything every time there's a tragedy, the community would come to a halt. We all know that already.

    So while we all feel like trash when he asks how we can continue when a tragedy like this happens, it isn't a valid question. At most, it should remind us of the tragedy. But I hate it when people try to make everyone else feel less religious for doing the right thing.

    And the attitude that yeshiva bochurim dying is more of a tragedy than other people dying, while registering in my heart, does not register in my head.

  2. R' Student:
    Please give Rav Schorr the proper respect and listen to more than the first minute. I agree with Rav Bechhofer: The shiur is an eloquent masterpiece!

  3. R' Student,

    I understand the retisence to allowing one's self to feel the pain of our people when these terrible things are done to us, as I wrote here:

    However, let's not rationalize that response by calling our numb-heartedness "the right thing."

    -Dixie Yid

  4. I agree with DY and respectfully disagree with RGS. "Im yeihareig b'mikdash Hashem Kohen v'Navi" is something more than "im yehareig."

    Unfortunately, the Rav Avraham Schorr SHLIT"A shiur on the meaning of the tragedy of the eight young Kedoshim, HY"D -- which has given significant Chizuk and insight to me and many others -- has been removed due to the objection of the Rosh Yeshiva to having his words available on the Internet.

    Can Rav Bechhofer SHLIT"A or someone else please convince Rav Schorr that having his Shiur here will benefit many Bnei Torah.

  6. We sincerely hope the Rosh Yeshiva SHLIT"A will allow the re-posting of his Shiur, which has benefitted so many of us and has the potential of giving Chizuk to many more of our brethren.

    If he still reluctant, perhaps he will agree to one the following alternatives:

    (1) The posting of the audio of his Shiur at this (Rav Bechhofer SHLIT"A's) site, which is very dignified, Kulo Torah, and under the personal supervision of our Rebbe SHLIT"A.

    (2) The posting of a written summary with instructions on obtaining the tape of the full Shiur in his own words.

    Hatzlachah Rabbah!

  7. The passing of the very distinguished Mechanech and Askan HaRav Eli Teitelbaum TZ"L is a severe loss for us. He hope and pray that he will be a Meilitz Yosher for Klal Yisrael.

    In connection with the admonition by HaRav Avraham Schorr SHLIT"A regarding our obligation to mourn the destruction of the Bais HaMikdash and pray for its reinstatement, my favorite part of the Web site of Rav Teitelbaum ZT"L ( is his Museum of the Second Bais HaMikdash:

    We hope and pray that HASHEM Yisbarach will look favorably upon all the wonderful accomplishments of Rav Teitelbaum ZT"L and our concern and yearning for the Bais HaMikdash, and -- in return -- grant us the Geulah Shleimah BB"A.

  8. LeZakos Es HaRabim.
    A brief Shiur on the significance of this tragic event -- the murder of eight young men while they were learning Torah in a Yeshiva in Yerushalayim -- was given by the distinguished Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Avraham Schorr SHLIT"A a few hours after it occurred, on Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar Sheni. As an audio will not be available here,the following is my recollection of this outstanding Shiur:

    1. As we have learned, "MiSheNichnas Adar Marbim BeSimchah." The timing of this tragedy -- Erev Rosh Chodesh Adar II -- indicates that the Ribono Shel Olam intended to disturb our Simchah with an urgent message. What what He telling us?

    2. The Gemora in Maseches Taanis (29a) states: "KeSheim MiSheNichnas Av MeMaatim BeSimchah, Kach MiSheNichnas Adar Marbim BeSimchah." To the well-know question -- What is the connection between the two? -- the Sfas Emes ZT"L answered: The Ribono Shel Olam expects us to mourn the loss of the Batei HaMikdash. Our reward for doing so is Simchah in the month of Adar. According to Rav Shorr SHLIT"A, the fact that the Ribono Shel Olam disrupted our Simchah this Adar indicates that is He is unhappy with our mourning and concern for the Churban Batei HaMikdash. It is call for us to repent and mend our ways!

    3. Why is our era known as "Ikvisa DiMashicha" (the heels of Mashiach)? The Rosh Yeshiva quoted his father, HaRav Gedaliah Schorr ZT"L, as saying that the heels are the only part of our body where one can cut with a knife and the victim may not feel it. Unfortunately, we have become so callous that we do not sense the imminence of Mashiach!

    It is the fervent hope of the Rosh Yeshiva SHLIT"A that we will mend our ways through genuine Tshuvah and thus hasten the Geulah Shleimah, BB"A.