A Random Selection of Short Q&A’s [#2]

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Q:
What can one do to fight the bad midah of ga’avah?

A:
If you’re married then just listen to your wife. She’ll tell you who you are. If you’re not married, then “asei li’cha Rav.” It’s not easy, but find yourself a Rav and tell him, “I’m a ba’al ga’avah.” And he’ll take care of you.
TAPE #E-212

Q:
Is Hashem punishing us for our sins by forcing Medinas Yisroel to give back land to the Arabs?
A:
I don’t know. I can’t tell you. That, I can’t tell you. The truth is that they have so many sins of their own, that they don’t need our sins to point the blame at.
TAPE #E-221

 

Q:
How can one fulfill “asei li’cha Rav”?
A:
What’s the problem?! Find a Rav and make him your Rav. I don’t understand the problem. Are you lacking talmidei chachomim in Boro Park, in Brooklyn, in Monsey? There are frum, capable people everywhere. We have Roshei Yeshiva to go to. And even those who are not Yeshiva people are not limited. There are tzadikim everywhere. Is a lack of talmidei chachomim the problem?!
TAPE #E-227

 

Q:
What does it mean that Yakov Avinu had a “kefitzas ha’derch”?
A:
I can’t tell you. A miracle I’m not able to explain. I’m not able to explain such a thing. What can I do? I’m not capable of explaining it. It was a nes, wasn’t it? So I can’t explain it.
TAPE #E-257

 

Q:
If someone behaves properly, will that person be rewarded for influencing others to become better?
A:
Absolutely. Anybody who is good and people see that, and are inspired to become better – that person will get schar for being mizakeh the rabim who follow his example.
TAPE #E-229

 

Q:
Why did Yosef demand that all the Mitzraim get a bris milah in order to be fed during the famine?

A:
I’m going to leave that unanswered for the time being. That ma’amar has to be studied by me.
                                                         TAPE #E-212

 

Q:
The Rav spoke tonight about the need to avoid bad influences. What should I do if a person who is a terrible influence on my family moved next door to me?
A:
I’m leaving that up to you. I won’t tell you what to do. But you really know yourself what you have to do.  You know that it’s not good. It’s not good. It’s definitely not good.
TAPE #E-256