HaGaon HaRav Yitzchok Zilberstein Addresses Tragedies Befalling Klal Yisroel: Torah Protects Us


Following the many tragedies R”L which have occurred in the chareidi community in Eretz Yisrael and around the world since the beginning of bein hazmanim, the Rov of the Ramat Elchanan neighborhood of Bnei Brak, HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Zilberstein Shlita said the following to the Yated:

“These days are ‘days off’ in yeshivos, and their Torah is what protects us, and the Koach HaTorah which protects against tragedies is missing, especially when many are present in places that are intended to exchange forces, in the sphere of וקווה ה’ יחליפו כוח, which then demands a measure of caution.

הימים האלה הם ‘ימי פגרה’ בישיבות שתורתן מגנא ומצלא וחסר כוח התורה שמגן מפני אסונות, בפרט כאשר רבים מטלטלים עצמם בדרכים ונמצאים במקומות המיועדים להחלפת כוחות, בבחינת וקווי ה’ יחליפו כוח, שאז נדרשת משנה זהירות

The Rav told Yated Neeman “when we depart from yeshiva, even bein hazmanim, it is not just leaving the beis medrash, but leaving reality for a moment, leaving the source of our sustenance temporarily, to change koach, but the lack of koach, without limud [Torah] weakens us, as Torah watches over, Torah protects, Torah is our beis medrash. Leaving during bein hazmanim is our שער יכניה . Leaving [limud], even for a short period, is dangerous”.

Therefore, we must exercise a measure of caution, ונשמרתם מאוד לנפשותיכם, to continue learning more because it is our essence (בנפשינו הדבר),” the rav added.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Editor, please correct spelling error!
    When you wrote over the Passuk Rav Zilbershtain quoted, וקוי ה יחליפו כח, you spelled it וקוה ה. Please correct that.

  2. Years ago when I was a child my father would come up to our bungalow for a few days vacation. He always had a learning seder every day before we went any where. (He was a business man who always learned in his spare time) One day we went on a trip and he didn’t learn first. Someone driving around a curve sideswiped our car and damaged the bumper (a minor accident). My father attributed that happening because he hadn’t learned first before setting out.

  3. Therefore, we must exercise a measure of caution ונשמרתם מאוד לנפשותיכם, to continue Hence that this edict/verse is always chanted on the 1st Shabbos of Summer bain-haZemanim. From this fact we see the extent and depth of the sages’ far insight, when formulating our Hebrew calendar.

  4. anewuser,

    I don’t think you’re in a position to disagree with Hagaon R’ Yitzchak Zilberstein shlita! You are right on both points, however what he is saying is that obviously the fact that there is a HUGE “cutback” in Torah learning- internationally- during these weeks, affects klal yisroel, and likely the nations of the world as well.