Friday, 06 January 2012

How Does One get Out of Here?

by Ur-a-Jew (See all authors)

Boruch Hashem for Shabbos, I really need it. I saw a wonderful dvar torah from Reb Zilberstein (who I consider my rebbe, even though I've never met him) on Parshas Ki Sisa (in Borchi Nofshi). If I had time I would translate and copy it over word for word since it is so fundamental. It was about getting up after a fall. In essence, Reb Zilberstein says that the measure of a man is what he does after a fall. He brings down a story with Reb Yonason Eibkichsaz who was once sitting learning in his house late one Shabbos night. Suddenly he hears a noise and sees two feet coming down the chimney followed by the rest of the body. The would be robber is stunned when he sees Reb Yonason standing there. Reb Yonason turns to him saying, no doubt you have come to ask me a shaileh and when you found the front door locked you came down the chimney. What's your shaileh? The person turns to Reb Yonason and says, I have one question, "how does one get out of here?" That, says Reb Zilberstein, is the question we have to ask ourselves when we fall.