Torah Does not Go With Tumah
By Yechiel Sever
"Torah does not go together with tumah, and this is what we must realize and guard against - to remove all of the tumos which can interfere with Torah study." These were the words of HaRav Yitzchok Scheiner, Rosh Yeshivas Kaminitz and member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah, at a special gathering organized by the rabbonim of Yeshivas Kaminitz commemorating the 120th year anniversary since its establishment in Kaminitz on the day of the passing of its former Rosh Yeshiva, HaRav Boruch Ber Levovitz on the fifth of Kislev.
HaRav Scheiner words were received with great emotion, as he opened with his poignant greeting, "I bless you with my whole heart that you succeed in every area."
He then added a vignette in the name of the late Dayan HaRav Arye Leib Grosnas from London, talmid of HaRav Boruch Ber Levovitz, who once was with his master in a forest. They were engaged in a Torah discussion when suddenly, HaRav Levovitz said that he felt he could not remain in that place and wished to leave. The disciple could not understand why. But later, when he checked it out, he and others saw that at a short distance, hidden behind a fence, was a monastery. Torah cannot abide being in the proximity of tumah. This is the message which must be extrapolated to these modern times, that one must guard oneself from it and remove all possible pollutions which can interfere with study.