JERUSALEM (VINnews) — A soldier from the Gur chasidic group sent a letter to his rav, Rabbi Daniel Chaim Alter, the head of the Pnei Menachem yeshiva, complaining that “There is no time to daven and learn and when there is time it is hard to find peace of mind and Shabbos I almost certainly need to desecrate.”Join our WhatsApp group
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The soldier added that “I know in my mind that this is my role and what Hashem wants of me but I can’t accept it in my heart.”
Rav Daniel, the son of the Pnei Menachem and a prominent Talmid Chacham in his own right, responded to his disciple, stating that he had been very touched by the letter. “Your merits are very big. I am jealous of your Shabbos, I wish that it could be observed but if you have to do work for Pikuach Nefesh of the Jewish nation, then this is not desecration of Shabbos but rather sanctification of Shabbos, the Torah and the lives of the people of Israel.”
Rabbi Alter concluded “Let us be strong for our nation and the cities of our G-d, guard us and look after yourself and come home soon in peace and health”, adding added that he “longs and hopes to see” his disciple.
Rabbi Alter’s letter to the soldier