The Solution to Obsessive Stringencies

A bochur learning in 770 was very particular in following halacha, but as time progressed, his stringencies began appearing obsessive. The Rebbe’s advice for him: To have more Yiras Shomayim.

A cornerstone of Darkei Hachassidus teaches that being particular with mitzvos must be infused with a relationship with the Eibershter. Frumkeit must not become detached from Yiddishkeit. When done properly, halacha observance is healthy and wholesome.

Reb Yehoshua Mondshine A”H related:

There was a bochur learning in 770, in the year 5727 (1967), who was very particular in following every halacha in full. However, as time progressed, his stringencies began appearing obsessive.

At a personal yechidus, this bochur shared his concerns of his compulsive behavior with the Rebbe.

The Rebbes response changed his worldview:

Zolst mosif zain in yiras shomayim, vet dos memeila aropfallen,” you should add in fear of Heaven, and it will go away by itself.

(Moments Archive; Kfar Chabad magazine)

From The Weekly Farbrengen by Merkaz Anash

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