Last week I went to Shimon HaTzaddik.
Just for 20 minutes, before I headed off to the evening prayers of the Rav, Rabbi Eliezer Berland, that happen 8:30pm every night, outside on Ido HaNavi Street.
I got in, sat down – and immediately heard a booming voice coming from the men’s section, telling everyone:
Halacha!! When a person prays for Am Yisrael, all his own sins are forgiven!
OK, I took that as a hint.
And I prayed a bit for Am Yisrael.
A couple of minutes later, the booming voice was back.
Halacha!! I personally heard from Rav Steinman himself that when someone becomes arrogant from learning Torah, all their Torah learning immediately goes straight to the dark side!!
Over Shabbat, I was pondering about why all this Frankist-Reform-funded ‘ortho fem’ stuff is just so poisonous.
And then I remembered that guy from Shimon HaTzaddik, and it struck me that the ‘Torah’ that is being taught by these ortho-fem institutions is all about making the person who learns it believe in their own superiority to others.
I.e., it’s all about the intellect and the ego.
It’s about handing out ‘source sheets for your shiur’ with a billion entries on them, to show how clever and learned you are.
It’s about spending a whole hour telling people about what YOU THINK is written in the Gemara, instead of breaking your head trying to understand WHAT OUR SAGES THINK.
It’s about showing ‘the men’ that you are just as good as they are!!!
(I.e. you can also bore people to death with your pointless shiurim about halachic minutiae that basically, you are in absolutely no position to have a real opinion on, because your middot suck, you’re totally arrogant, and you have no siyatta di shmeya because your Torah learning doesn’t have even a milligram of ‘lishma’ about it…..)
This is the ‘Torah’ of the Jewish demon Torah Scholars.
(BTW, apparently it’s not only Rabbenu, Rebbe Nachman, who wrote about them. Also the BESHT’s leading disciple, R Yaakov Yosef of Polnnoye, and the Zohar, and also the Tanya of the Alter Rebbe also speak of them. See HERE for more details.
You can find a discussion about these Jewish demon Torah Scholars in Likutey Moharan, Part 1:12)
This is the ‘Torah’ that Rebbe Nachman explains even ‘wears out God’ – i.e. it turns everything into an ego-fuelled, pointless, philosophical discussion, that misses the whole point of learning Torah, which is to work on our own bad middot – especially our arrogance – and to learn more emuna.
In the old days, when women weren’t so ‘learned’, the Sages spoke a lot about the simple emuna of women.
And how it could move mountains.
While the men were off with their thumbs, pilpulling away in pointless ‘splitting hairs’ fashion, the women would pull out a Sefer Tehillim, or put their hands on their mezuzah, and just pour their hearts out to God.
And their prayers moved mountains.
The Reform-Frankists who are funding all these ‘ortho fem’ movements and institutions know the true power of a woman’s simple emuna.
That’s why they are going full out to try and replace that simple emuna, our simple, heartfelt, soul-deep connection to God with ‘precious Torah-based rubbish’ instead.
Before I got to Breslov, I used to try with all my might to ‘enjoy’ Torah classes at Matan, and from other ‘ortho fem’ sources that so many of the people I hung out with were raving about.
It was nearly always a struggle to stay awake – at best.
Other times, I’d find the discussion so pointless, so dry, so spiritually ‘dead’ and uninspiring, talking for talk’s own sake – that I’d usually make a break for the toilet, and try to stay there as long as possible.
This is the power of the shiurim of the Jewish Demon Torah Scholars.
They fill your head with ‘information’, but empty out your soul.
That’s why when I hit the simple emuna of Breslov teachings, they totally blew me away.
Listen to this, and you’ll see what I mean:
The first time I heard this, I sat transfixed in my car for a good 10 minutes, because all of a sudden my soul woke up.
Not more boring pilpul, not more boring ‘speeches’ with a million sources discussing something that felt totally irrelevant to my real life and real issues.
But someone talking about how Hashem wants a real, direct relationship with every single one of us; and how everything that’s happening around us, and to us, is part of that direct conversation the Creator is trying to have with us.
All of a sudden, the mitzvot stopped feeling like such a burden, such a bore – however important and necessary – and my soul woke up.
The difference between the ‘Torah’ of these Jewish Demon Torah Scholars, and the ‘Torah’ of Breslov is literally night and day.
The first boosts the ego, and destroys the soul.
The latter uncovers the true power of the soul – and takes down the ego.
I’m not against women learning lishma – for it’s own sake.
I think it’s beautiful, when we women steal a few precious moments from the demands of working, looking after our families, running our homes, to learn a few pages of Tanach, or to read some Rambam, or to learn some Likutey Moharan.
But lishma – for its own sake – means you aren’t getting a ‘degree’ at the end of your learning.
You aren’t getting a diploma, or title.
You aren’t getting an ‘ortho-fem’ platform, or a position in an institution, to start boring everyone else to death with your fab-u-lous insights into the Torah that have absolutely nothing to do with working on overcoming bad middot, getting to know God, or developing some real emuna.
So, now I know why all these ‘ortho-fems’ are bothering me so very much, Freemason-Frankist funding of their institutions notwithstanding.
They may or may not be very nice people personally.
But when you learn Torah for any other reason than lishma, it becomes a sam hamavet – an arrogant potion of death – and not an emuna-dik potion of life.
And that’s why Rabbenu explains about the people who learn and teach Torah like this: (LM 1:12)
“a carcass is better than this person.”
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