Last friday afternoon I heard some devastating news. My beloved Rosh Yeshiva and teacher, Harav Binyamin Kamenetzky, z”l had unfortunately passed away. His mission on this world is over, but his legacy of Torah and kindness, is far from over. Let's teach the younger generation what it felt like to know a gadol, and strive each day to be more like him!
Recently it has been a struggle, because so many people I know and love, have returned their neshamos to Hashem. The job of the evil inclination is to make us all feel depressed when someone finishes their mission on this world, and he tries to get us to feel sad and depressed because of it.
In this week’s parsha, Parshas Acharei-Kedoshim, Aaron was instructed to go speak to Hashem. In order to reach that level there was a list of actions for Aaron to do. Aaron made sure to put on a special pair of clothing and bring himself to be pure enough to go into such a holy place.
In the next few days, I would like to add something into my daily life in memory of R’ Kamenetzky, and I hope you will join me. Every day we leave whatever we were previously doing (whether it is being on our phone, learning or sleeping etc), and walk into shul. Let's try to take a break and raise ourselves to the level of tefillah!
In these times, our job is to keep fighting the evil inclination and stay happy. But what is the alternative if we can't complete that goal? Do we spend our life of Torah wasted because we can't face the darkness or, do we stand up to it and take the pain in order to be stronger.
Furthermore in these times we should all have the power of happiness that our mission is almost complete. Therefore when someone's goal on this earth is finished we can look at the sense of accomplishment not the feeling of loneliness. Lets count up our days towards shavuos, and count down the days till we transform the world!
Have an amazing shabbos!
All the best
Avroham Y Ross