Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rosh Yeshiva at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Yerushalaim, would emphasize the proper relationship that a Jew should have to Torah by saying, “Thank G-d, we don’t choose which mitzvot we do like some people do. We don’t say, ‘This mitzvah is pleasing to me, so I’ll do it, but this mitzvah is too difficult so I won’t. We keep all of the Torah with complete emunah and faith in the Lord.”
We should all strive to be Haredi like Moshe, our teacher, who rushed to do every mitzvah he could and who wanted to observe the Torah in the Land of Israel more than anything else. And one other point – Moshe didn’t want his children to be Haredi in Egypt, or in the wilderness of Sinai. He wanted them to be Haredi in the Land of Israel.
And definitely not in the United States of America.Tzvi Fishman
About the Author: Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon. His recent movie "Stories of Rebbe Nachman" will be available soon as a DVD.The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.
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