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Letter by Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita and HaRav Shteinman shlita Regarding the Current State of Affairs

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Klal Yisroel is in a dire situation and we have no option other than to rely on Our Father in Heaven and to scrutinize our conduct. There is no way to know the ways of Heaven, but certainly every individual can examine his own conduct.

It may well be that this is a part of Chevlei Moshiach. As Chazal explain, "What can one do to be spared from Chevlei Moshiach? Engage in Torah and acts of chessed." Torah always needs strengthening — certainly in times like these — and every individual should be sure to strengthen his own Torah study.

As is written, every effort must be made to ensure that we do not stumble in the opposite direction of doing acts of chessed, i.e. causing distress to others or the public. Chazal explain that during Achov's generation people worshiped idols, but there was no machlokes. [Am Yisroel] would head out to war and win, which is not the case when there is machlokes, Rachmono litzlan, and one must try very hard to make peace between man and his fellow.

It is also known that HaKodosh Boruch Hu cherishes Shabbos observance and despises the opposite. Recently efforts have been made to avoid activities in places known to desecrate Shabbos openly. In general this has been applied to trips and other nonessential activities, yet nonetheless a segment of the shomer Torah umitzvos public finds it difficult to forgo this and continue to rent places that desecrate Shabbos, which demonstrates that the matter of Shabbos is not of such great importance to them. Rather they feels that it is enough if they themselves do not desecrate Shabbos. This is among the matters one should accept upon himself — not to disgrace the Shabbos.

The matter of modesty also needs to be remedied. It is written in the absence of tznius, "Veshov mei'acharecho" (Devorim 23:15). This requires great chizuk.

We do not claim to know the reason why troubles have befallen us, but certainly any areas we improve can be effective in removing HaKodosh Boruch Hu's wrath.

20 Tammuz 5766

Yosef Sholom Eliashiv Aharon Y. Leib Shteinman

 

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