One More Kiddush HaShem, One Less Anti-Orthodox

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  1. Steve Brizel says:

    Great story! This is one reason why Elu Metzios is one of the Perakim in Shas that is learned by beginners and advanced students of the Talmud-to enable one to be live a life of Kiddush HaShem

    • Yaakov Menken says:

      Just this morning, I related to someone the following story: someone (is reported to have) once suggested to Reb Moshe zt”l that the chadorim should start teaching boys Gemara using Maseches Berachos, because it’s more applicable than the conventional starting point, Bava Metziah Perek 2, Elu Metzios. He is reported to have replied that it is this way b’davka, so a boy should know that Ben Adam L’Chaveiro is every bit as much a part of Torah. Contrast the Mishnah with the usual playground chant, “Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers” — the positive influence of the Gemara cannot be overstated.

  2. Aba says:

    Beautiful story thanks for sharing

  3. Steve Brizel says:

    R Asher Weiss in one of his shiurim on Hashavas Aveidah ( Minchas Asher, Parshas ki Setze)  quotes the Maharam Shik who points out that there is a kiyum of Hashavas Aveidah in helping someone return to ( or strengthen ) their commitment to Torah and Mitzvos. Perhaps, this helps us understand why Hashem Yisborach BKvodo uVatzmo took the extraordinary steps of the 10 plagues in a land that was replete with AZ and was spiritually a center of decadence  followed by the splitting of the Red Sea and Matan Torah to redeem His People. Perhaps that is why Hashavas Aveidah is a mitzvah where one sees evidence of  the performance of the mitzvah in yeshivos , shuls and every Jewish community, not just with relation to lost objects and money, but with seemingly lost individuals as well.

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