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They Lived Their Ideals

If you only had one month, one week, or one day left to live, what would you do differently? For the four kedoshim of the Har Nof massacre, the answer would likely be “nothing.” These men lived their ideals — using their every moment on earth to achieve greater heights of Torah, avodah, and chesed. Four portraits.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rav Moshe Twersky Hy”d: Life is about Maximizing By Eytan Kobre Massive lamdan and baki.Sensitive, striving baal aliyah. Mashpia and role model for countless Jews. Descendant of storied Torah dynasties. All are accurate descriptions of Rabbi Moshe Twersky, the towering cedar felled while at prayer in Jerusalem last week. But it was Rabbi Moshe Meiselman, rosh yeshivah of Yeshivas Toras Moshe, where the niftar taught the second-year shiur, who provided a defining insight into the essence of the man: “Most people have one middah that influences everything else in their lives, with all that they do flowing from that middah. It has been very difficult, almost impossible, for me to collect my thoughts, but I was thinking that in the case of Rav Moshe that essential middah was a taharas hanefesh, a purity of soul. He had one single, pure goal in life: To serve the Ribbono shel Olam. We say every day, ‘Elokai, neshamah shenasata bi, tehorah hi,’ and our goal in life should be to maintain that taharah with which we were born. Rav Moshe truly did so. “Certain people create themselves in the way they think the Ribbono shel Olam wants them to be, and that is how they learn Torah, that is their middos tovos, their harbatzas Torah, asking themselves, ‘What does Hashem want from me and how am I to serve Him in the best way possible?’ Just yesterday, I davened Minchah together with Rav Moshe and I was thinking that there are certain people on whom, when they daven, one can see the shivisi Hashem l’negdi samid, one can behold that taharas hanefesh.”

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