Letter of Maran HaRav Eliashiv and HaRav Shteinman on
Bolstering Torah Study, and Caution During Bein Hazmanim
For many years, when the yeshivas are not in session, such as
the months of Nisan, Tishrei and Av, many take advantage of
this time, as well, for Torah learning in what are known as
yeshivos bein hazmanim.
Yet at the same time there are some who take trips to various
places some of which are dangerous to visit [because of both]
spiritual dangers and physical dangers. In fact every trip
involves [an element of] danger. As Chazal said, "He who
says, `What a lovely tree! What a lovely pasture!' is liable
with his soul."
This [awareness] is demanded of bnei yeshivos more than
other people, for they have had a taste of the Torah and
[therefore] they should not idle away their time, but should
help with the holiday preparations if necessary, or rest a
bit if needed because they have exerted themselves in Torah.
However this time period should not be used for excursions,
even if one's intention is to see the gadlus of
Hashem Yisborach, for as a result of these excursions
every year there are some who suffer accidents, may Hashem
Yisborach spare us.
The gedolei roshei yeshivos periodically told us their
opinion on the danger these trips involve. Nevertheless
almost every year terrible things transpire. Even this year,
as soon as the official studies ended in the yeshivas two
bochurim lost their lives, and this cries up to the
heart of Heaven.
Please, talmidei hayeshivos! Happy is your lot that you
chose the path of Torah. Why should you follow convoluted
paths that bring so much sorrow? And please beware not to do
things that endanger human life. Make use of this time for
rest if you need it, [devoting] the majority of your time to
Torah study, and in the merit of Torah study and guarding
your health, may you merit to rise along the correct track
and ti grow in accordance with the will of HaKodosh Boruch
Hu and all Am Yisroel.
Yosef Sholom Eliashiv
Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman