Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Rav Yisrael Salanter

Rav Yisrael Salanter was a genius beyond belief but he used all of his intellectual capabilities in the service of Hashem. He emphasized the importance of doing a "cheshbon henefesh" which is really a very modern psychological notion of self knowledge and self exploration and also dates back to Socrates who famously cried "Know thyself" [why he spoke King James English, I don't know]. He worked to instill within people fear of Heaven, good character traits and social justice. His messages are still relevant to our very day and the light of his presence is sorely missed by the world. We especially need to remember his teachings as we approach Elul and beyond.....

Here is an appreciation: