A Letter of Encouragement and Guidance from Eretz Yisroel to the Standing Committee of the Conference of European Rabbis
To the Honorable Erudite Rabbonim and Members of the Conference of European Rabbis shlita, Gathered in Geneva to Fortify Religious in the Diaspora
Every rabbi exerts an influence upon the members of his community through his image in that they see him and learn from his conduct. The Chazon Ish wrote in a letter that in the proximity of a true Torah personage, one can visibly sense his impact upon many people etc., especially so when he speaks, and when he addresses them with words of encouragement for Torah study and yiras Shomayim it is all the more forceful. One cannot even imagine the great merit of one who uplifts the public, for his merit is compounded throughout the future, as is written in Chovos Halevovos.
During these very times, when incidents of anti-Semitism have increased in many places, it is necessary for Jews to hide themselves [maintain a low profile] and not be conspicuous in their speech and actions, as is written (Sanhedrin 14a): Le'olom havei kabel vekayam (Always be dark and live).
The rabbonim should encourage the public and influence people to establish set times for Torah study, and they should increase ongoing shiurim everywhere and at all times to enable the entire public to attend, and also to establish set times for the study of Mussar works on a daily basis, for this will promote extended effort in keeping the entire Torah and will provide benefit for a good and happy life.
It is most important to try and act in every possible way to preserve respect for the deceased and cemeteries in every location. One must plead before the government bodies regarding this in every way possible, but it is understood that this be done through pleasant ways and without public controversy.
Regarding conversions, one must be aroused and reminded of what is already known, that conversions be enacted only through recognized standing botei din, and they should only recognize genuine converts approved by such courts, according to what has already been established in the past.
May the pleasantness of Hashem be upon you to increase Torah and augment it.
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