HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Zilberstein’s Unusual Promise

HaRav Zilberstein in his sukkah. (Photo: Siach Yitzchak)

For a long time, HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Zilberstein has been pained  by the Chillul Shabbos in Ramat Gan, prompting him to launch the party “Ramat Gan B’Emunah.”

HaRav Zilberstein also supports the party founded by his son-in-law, HaGaon HaMekubal Dov Kook, in Tiveria, “Maaminim B’Tiveria” as well as the party founded by his talmidim in Holon – “Tov L’Holon.”

The Rav’s talmidim say that in recent months, Rav Zilberstein constantly stresses during his drashos, shiurim, and sichos about kedushas haShabbos. and the terrible punishment for those who are mechallel Shabbos or lend a hand to chillulei Shabbos by not acting against them.

More recently, the Rav often asks for the song ‘כי אשמרה שבת ק-ל ישמרני’ to be played at simchos. HaRav Zilberstein often says that we’re obligated to act for the kedushah of Shabbos but we also have to be mechazeik in Shemiras Shabbos and learn its halachos because as is known, whoever doesn’t learn hilchos Shabbos is liable to be nichshal, like the Mishnah Brurah writes in the hakdamah to Chelek Gimmel.

HaRav Zilberstein recently made a rare promise to those who take it upon themselves to regularly study hilchos Shabbos, which was transcribed in a booklet of his Torah teachings published by Kollel Beis Dovid in Holon.

HaRav Zilbersten repeats the promise to his family members and talmidim, saying that people who need yeshuos are constantly turning to him – one needs a yeshuah in health, others want to get married or have children and others are having problems with their children – the Rav says that the answer to everything is Shabbos!

The Rav quotes the words of the Aruch L’Ner that in a year that Rosh Hashanah falls out on Shabbos and therefore the shofar isn’t blown, and therefore the first day of Sukkos falls out on Shabbos and therefore we don’t take the arba minim – and all this is due to kedushas haShabbos so the kedushah of these mitzvos is lacking – the Shabbos bikvodah u’vatzmah is the one that comes and is a mamlitz tov l’ Am Yisrael – but all this is conditional on us being shomer Shabbos in public and private and learning its halachos. Then the Shabbos is a mamlitz tov l’Am Yisrael but if not, then it’s the opposite for Am Yisrael, chas v’shalom.

And here HaRav Zilberstein made a rare promise: “Whoever undertakes to study two halachos every Shabbot with his family members, no matter which sefer he chooses as long as it’s on halachos related to Shabbos, and also undertakes to observe these halachos, I promise him that he will have a good year, a year full of yeshuos in ruchniyus and gashmiyus, a year that Hashem will fulfill all the wishes of his heart for good.”

מי שיקבל על עצמו ללמוד בכל שבת שתי הלכות עם בני משפחתו, לא משנה באיזה ספר, באיזה ספר שיבחר אבל הלכות הקשורות לשבת, ויקבל על עצמו גם לקיים את הלכות אלו, אני מבטיח לו שיהיה לו שנה טובה, שנה מלאה ישועות ברוחניות ובגשמיות, שנה שימלא השם כל משאלות לבו לטובה

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)