Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipskar, director of the Aleph Institute, shares a fascinating unpublished response that he received from the Rebbe advising him to turn to “true Torah leaders” with questions on education and the like and not “outside books.”
By Anash.org writer
Self-development is a popular topic, and many are looking for ways to improve their own selves and how they educate their children. With the number of secular books available on “self-help,” some are inclined to turn to them and extract kosher advice for life.
Rabbi Sholom Ber Lipskar, shliach of the Rebbe to Bal Harbour, FL, and director of the Aleph Institute, shared a fascinating unpublished response that he received from the Rebbe on where to look for guidance on education and wellbeing.
In a conversation with Anash.org, Rabbi Lipskar shared the background story:
“In 5741 (1981), I was going through some things, and I began looking at various self-help books. At some point, I notified the Rebbe of what I was reading, and this was the Rebbe’s response.
“Interestingly, the Rebbe had given me the same response eleven years earlier in 5729 (1969). That’s why this maineh begins, כמענתי מאז, as I have answered in the past.”
The Rebbe’s response (free translation):
“As I have answered in the past:
“In the realm of education and the like, to learn and teach and follow its ways, you can rely – with an assured heart – upon the true Torah leaders, without any need whatsoever to look in outside books. If you see an urgency to do so, you should consult a practicing rov who knows you.”
The text of the Rebbe’s response as transcribed at the time by Rabbi Lipskar:
בשטח החינוך והשייכות לזה
ללמוד וללמד ולהתנהג על פיהם
ובלב בטוח יכול לסמוך על גדולי התורה האמתיים ואין צריך כלל וכלל לחפש בספרי חיצוניים ואם יש נחיצות בזה יתייעץ עם רב מוה”ר המכירו