Rabbi Shlomo Margolis - ZT ' L
Rav Shloma was niftar Tuesday February 7, 2012 in Ramat Elchanan in Bnei Brak. Rav Shloma was a talmid of the pre-war Novardoker yeshivos and a talmid of Rav Yaakov Naiman, Rav Avrohom Joffen, Rav Elazar Shach and the Steipler Gaon. He was 99.

After World War II, Rav Shloma established a yeshiva for yesomim in Lodz, Pinsk and later in Prague, and he was instrumental in saving many neshamos who would have otherwise been lost from Yiddishkeit. He eventually procured visas for them and sent them off to learn in yeshivos in France and England. The great talmid chochom, Rav Arye Leib Grosnes, who on the scene from London, England, had in his possession twenty visas of entry for immigrant yeshiva bochurim. Rav Shloma entrusted to him twenty of his bochurim, including his two brothers-in law, Yudel and Ela Dovek, who later emigrated to Boston with him.

Many of his talmidim continued on to become marbitzei Torah themselves, attributing their love for Torah to Rav Shloma. He was a beacon of light to many who lost entire families. Rav Shloma, whose exemplary character traits attracted many of the youth later in Boston and then in Ramat Elchonon, was a warm influence on many talmidim already in Lithuania.

In his sefer, Darkei Hashleimus, released in 2002, Rav Shloma writes about his history and describes a unique society, a brotherhood of five of the elite bochurim of the Novardoker network. Its sole purpose was to encourage and strengthen one another and to ensure future contact with each another. Rav Shloma writes that the following seven resolutions were accepted by each of them, attesting to the greatness of these humble individuals. One of them was Rav Shlomo Podolsky, whose son, Rav Nachum Podolsky, rosh yeshiva of Siach Yitzchak, eventually married a daughter of Rav Shloma. The seven kabbalos were: 1. To correspond each half year with each member. 2. Before proceeding to write the letter, one should learn at least fifteen minutes of mussar about bein adam lachaveiro. 3. Each seventh of Shevat one should celebrate their friendship and also write letters to each other. If it is Shabbos, then this would be postponed until Sunday. 4. Each seventh of Shevat one should study fifteen minutes of mussar concerning conduct with one’s fellow man. 5. To assist one another both physically and financially as one would a brother. 6. To inform each other of a change of address. 7. The eventual goal is to gather together and settle in one place in Eretz Yisroel.

Rav Shloma attested to the fact that he fulfilled the first six resolutions all the years in America and finally fulfilled the seventh one eight years prior, when he settled in Bnei Brak.

After Rav Shloma emigrated to the United States, he served as rov of Bais Haknesses Chayei Adam in Boston for over 40 years, touching numerous lives and bringing many mishpachos close to Yiddishkeit. He was a major force in building Torah andYiddishkeit in Boston. Among other organizations that he founded, he was a driving force behind the Lakewood Yeshiva in Boston, bringing in Rav Leib Heiman to serve as rosh yeshiva there. Rav Shloma played a significant role in Agudas Yisroel and in spreadingYiddishkeit in America in general.

Rav Shloma spent the last 20 years of his life in Bnei Brak. He devoted his efforts to writing and printing his seforim, Darkei Hashleimus, and founded Yeshiva Darkei Hashleimus in Kiryat Sefer.

He merited to see all his children and grandchildren become talmidei chachomim and true avdei Hashem.

Yehi zichro boruch.

Rosh HaShanah   5772 – 2011-2012
As we approach the New Year, we begin to think of another year of life. In fact, we think of long life and of course, the quality of life. Now, mankind is preoccupied with health and prolonging life. This is unfortunately coupled with many forms of our society who are intent on shortening life for their social beliefs. To be granted אריכת ימים - long life - is a true blessing and we marvel at this brocha from Hashem. To this we can ask a question. Is there sore source to be found in the Torah to prolong our lives? In various places the Torah says: "למען יאריכון ימיך" - in order to lengthen your days. How should we understand this phrase? Our Chazal gives a very beautiful insight into the way to bring long life. In פרשת כי תצה it tells the mitzvah of שילוח הקן - sending away the mother bird to take the offspring. Following this is the mitzvah of building a fence around ones porch, and then a mitzvah pertaining to a vineyard, followed by a mitzvah pertaining to clothing. Why in this specific sequence? The question is answered with another saying of מצוה גוררת מצוה: חז"ל - one mitzvah begets another. How should we understand this? If you perform one mitzvah, Hashem will help you to perform another mitzvah. In order for you to have this opportunity, you rust extend your days and years. So this is the long life the Torah is referring to, and maybe this is reason for the popular expression תזכו למצוות. When one finishes a mitzvah we wish him with this phrase "you should deserve to do another mitzvah", that is, you should have a long life to be able to do your mitzvos.

Greeting from Bnei Brak, and I wish you all שנה טובה ואריכות ימים ושנים טובים. Thank you to all Chat Odor friends and neighbors who have core to visit re in these past years.

I wish success to my children in their efforts to spread Yiddishkeit and ray we live in health and happiness and receive משיח צדקינו בימינו אמן.

כתיבה וחתימה טובה

Rosh HaShanah   5771 – 2010-2011
The summer is soon coming to an end. Soon the sounds of Elul will be heard. Soon the Yiddishe heart will turn to the task at hand: Teshuva. We as a nation have much to be proud of in the areas of Torah and Mitzvos. Great strides have been made in a Torah Chinuch for boys and girls. However, it would seem that we need a greater emphasis on Mussar. This is the great medicine that R’ Yisroel Salanter prescribed for all troubles. There is no age limit to the study of mussar. I would suggest to all people, young and old, married and unmarried to study the beautiful sefer, Madreigas Ha’Odom, from the Alter fun Navordohk. It is enlightening, and it is pure and holy psychology. Every Jew wants to be a good Jew and a good individual. How do we know this? I just returned from my great-grandson’s bris in Yerushalayim. I offered a thought on the Parsha of the week, ראה.

"את הברכה אשר תשמעו – ואם לא תשמעו"

When describing the ברכות, the possuk uses the word אשרthat you will listen. When describing the קללות, it uses the term אםif you will not listen. Perhaps we can say that the natural tendency of a person is to listen, as this is what the נשמה – the essence of person – wants, and this is what one must do. On the other hand, the big question is always If you will not listen. This is the big If in life. Hashem tells us to choose life. He is like a policeman directing traffic – go to the Mitzvos and thereby find life.  I know that in Chai Odom they learn Madreigas Ha’Odom, and I tell people that the shul is Yeshivas Chai Odom. From time to time I see the ‘talmidim’ and ‘talmidos’ and it is quite noticeable that they learn Mussar. Again I would like to voice my appreciation to all those individuals that come to visit me. It gives me a chance to talk about Mussar and also to see the wonderful products of Boston.

Here in Eretz Yisrael everything is b”h good. I tell everyone who comes to visit me that they should buy an apartment here. It is a beautiful land, and the people in the neighborhood are truly special. I am so happy that I and my Rebbitzen ע"ה moved here many years ago and we now have a beautiful Yeshiva in the flourishing town of Kiryas Sefer. You must come and see the Bais Medrash, dining room, and shiur rooms. The bochurim are very happy, and the yeshiva enjoys a good reputation. My esteemed son-in-law, Rav Nochum Podolsky, is a very accomplished מחנך and does a wonderful job instilling Kedusha into the Talmidim. I go there from time to time to speak and to shep nachas.

I wish all of you a happy and healthy new year. You should be blessed in both areas of רוחניות and גשמיות, as well a נחת from your children. כתיבה וחתימה טובה

Rosh HaShanah   5770 – 2009-2010
Baruch Hashem, again I send my message from Eretz Yisroel. It should be a healthy year, rich in a material way and also in a spiritual way. We have come again to the month of Elul. The word Elul represents that special time of year when we can draw near to the Almighty. אני לדודי ודודי לי That is to say, that Hashem is ready to meet us even more than half way. We only need to make the effort to reach out to Him and He will do the rest. Yet, even this we find difficult to do. What would be a plan of action to accomplish this goal? How can we bring about this closeness to Hashem? One of the great founding fathers of mussar R’ Itzele Peterburger demonstrates with a “moshol”.

A caravan sets out on a long journey to travel a very far way to arrive at their destination. After many days of their journey they realize they have lost their way. They try this path and that path but are unable to regain their way to their original destination. Suddenly, they see in the distance another group of people. Their excitement mounts since they expect to now be able to find their way. When they finally meet the new group they pour out their words of grief because of their present dilemma. We have been lost for weeks and cannot seem to find our way. To this, the new group responded, “You have been lost for weeks but, we have been lost for months. But you know, let us join forces and perhaps together we can find our way. We surely will not make the same mistakes again. We will help guide each other.

This is the advice for Elul and really for the whole year. We should join together and learn mussar in groups to reinforce each other, to correct our mistakes and to find our way to the destination we desire. Only then will we be assured not to make the same mistakes.

I wish you all a very sincere brocho for health and parnossa, a year of joy and happiness. Also I certainly appreciate all those who come to visit me here in B’nei Brak. May Chai Odom, under the leadership of my son-in-law and daughter and their children continue to grow. May the city of Boston continue to create an atmosphere of Torah and may we all be together here in Israel with the coming of Moshiach.

...כתיבה וחתימה טובה

Rosh HaShanah   5769 – 2008-2009
These lines are being written here in B’nei Brak at the end of the year 5768. We are now in the month when the shofar awakens us with the cry שובו אלי ואשובה אליכם.
How so indicative of the nature of the Almighty’s order in this world is the sequence of Parshios right before Rosh Hashana. We first read the terrible decrees of the “Tochacha” in parshas Ki Savo. This, of course, encapsulates many periods in our history which are too fearful even to mention. And yet, immediately following this is the parsha of Nitzavim. To paraphrase Rashi “they paled at the mention of the tragedies of the “Tochacha” but Moshe comforted them with the words of Nitzavim. You are still here today. Hashem feels the blows to our bodies as if he also suffered.”
Just as a father might strike his child to keep the child from danger, so too Hashem strikes us at times, to keep us from harm. However, just as the father joins into the pain of the child Hashem expresses His pain - אנכי עמו בצרה.
Even in the final theme of Yom Kippur we are reminded - כי לא אחפץ במות המת כי אם בשובו מדרכיו וחיה
In the final chapter of Mesillas Yesharim, the author writes of the true nature of Hashem’s mercy.
Each year is a new chance for us to attain perfection, to renew our efforts on behalf of ourselves and of our families and of our people.
I especially would like to thank all those who have visited me here in Israel in the past year. I appreciate renewing old acquaintances and hearing the wonderful news of the growth of those people, their families and the community.
Also, I personally owe a debt of gratitude to those who assist my very esteemed son-in-law Rav Nachum Podolsky in supporting the wonderful Yeshiva here in Israel in Kiryat Sefer named after the seforim that Hashem allowed me to author, Darkei Hashleimus.
May you all merit great success and joy, may we merit together the coming of Moshiach. A כתיבה וחתימה טובה to all, and a special brocho to Chai Odom and its Mara D’asra Rav Dovid Moskovitz and his wonderful family.

...כתיבה וחתימה טובה

Rosh HaShanah   5768 – 2007-2008
With the onset of Elul a special occasion took place in the Torah city of Kiryat Sefer. As part of the Ohr Moshe institutions, a new yeshiva ktana (High School) was initiated by Rav Nachum Podolsky, Shlita the son-in-law of Rav Margolis. The nasi or President of the Yeshiva is Rav Margolis and its name is Darchei HaShleamus which is the name of his seforim. The highlight of the opening and dedication of the Yeshiva was Rav Margolis’ speech. He thanked the city of Kiryat Sefer for giving him the opportunity to establish a Yeshiva in Eretz Yisroel. He reflected back to his life in חוץ לארץ where he was instrumental in founding Yeshivos in Ivia and Lupsht, in Russia, Lodz in Poland and also the former Yeshiva Gedola in Boston. The present Mesivta also carries his name. Now, Hashem gave him the strength to found a Yeshiva in Eretz Yisroel. It is certain, that in the dark days of Siberia and southern Asia he never dreamed of being in Eretz Yisroel, and certainly never dreamed of starting a Yeshiva there.
Adding to the beauty of the evening was the fact that one of the new pioneering bochrum of the new Yeshiva is the son of our dear close friends Dr. and Mrs. Avrohom Wagshal of Ofakim.
Let all of this be a lesson for us to remember that Hashem is with us in all our endeavors and also there is much work to be done on behalf of his People.
We wish the Rav and Rav Podolsky much success, and may the Yeshiva grow and grow and become a distinguished makom Torah.
May the Rav enjoy good health and continue his holy work for Klal Yisroel.

כתיבה וחתימה טובה...

Rosh HaShanah   5767 – 2006-2007
The simple four letters of the word אלול seem to make a profound impression upon all who hear the mention of this word and this month in the Jewish Calendar. These four letters remind us of the pending court case, the upcoming judgment of each and every individual in Hashem’s world. It is the bell ringing to usher in a time of introspection, a time of Cheshbon Hanefesh for all ones deeds and actions of the entire year. This accounting, this judgment is in front of, and specifically in the presence of, the Almighty Himself.
I am personally accountable to Hashem and He is the one who will deal with me – אני לדודי ודודי לי
Also, along with this word Elul comes a wakeup call – the Shofar. As it is written in the Rambam this wailing sound rouses us from our lethargic existence and forces us to come to grips with our life situation, forces us to make a reckoning with ourselves. However, the beauty of our relationship with our Creator is, the attitude of this awesome judge. Just a casual glance at the different passages of T’fillos and the myriad of piyutim gives us an idea of the attitude of Hashem towards His people.
אב הרחמן זוכר יצורים לחיים ברחמים לכובש כעסו ביום דין וחומל בדין כי לא אחפוץ במות המת כי אם בשובו מדרכו וחיה
The theme of this judgment is His eagerness and willingness to forgive, to wipe the slate clean. He loves us and wants us to succeed. He goes out of His way to accommodate us.

Perhaps for this reason He divided the year into twelve months. Rosh Chodesh is זמן כפרה לכל תולדותם. Each and every Rosh Chodesh is a time of atonement for the Jewish people. From this evolved the popular tradition of Yom Kippur Kotton. This is literally a miniature Yom Kippur. That is to say Hashem planned ahead for us a time table of intervals in the year so that we would be able to prepare for Yom Kippur, well in advance. These are steps along the way to think and contemplate our position in reference toבין אדם לחבירו ובין אדם למקום.

And then comes Elul. R’ Yisroel Salanter used to say, the entire year should be like Elul and Elul should be like Elul.

At this opportunity I would like to give my heartfelt wishes to all of the Chai Odom community for a happy and healthy year of peace and prosperity.

A special greeting to my beloved son-in-law and daughter and to all those who help ease the burden of maintaining this mokom kodosh.
כתיבה וחתימה טובה
רב שלמה מרגלית - בני ברק

Rosh HaShanah   5766 – 2005-2006
We look forward soon to greet each other with a traditional declaration תכלה השנה וקללותיה. The year has finished with all its sad happenings. The Jewish people, the past year, experienced a bitter episode in their history, a very detrimental decree – disengagement. Had this decree been issued by foreign nations, we would have called it a pogrom. That is, to drive thousands of people from homes in which they lived for over forty years would be looked at with distaste by all nations. In fact, all the earlier governments rejected such a plan. Right before its implementation, the newspaper reported the plea of Harav Hagaon Eliyashiv to delay the move since at this time it was not of the necessity the government anticipated. And yet, the hierarchy was rushing to institute this senseless operation.
ותאמר ציון עזבני ד' כו' מהיו בניך מרסיך ומחריביך יצאו......                                          
Klal Yisroel is worried that Hashem has forgotten the, they did forlorn. The Navi Yeshia responds. You see in the most difficult times, Hashem miraculously saved the nation as has been demonstrated over the last few centuries. The troubles evolve for you, from your stray children, from the energy within. They forget the victories of Hashem. After witnessing the success of the conquering of Yerushalyim the leaders were blinded and were prepared to return even the holy city to the enemy, had G-d not intervened.

Many thought that there were those who, although they did not possess a love of Torah, had a love of Tzion kindled inside of them. Now, it is quite obvious this is a mistake. It is impossible to have a genuine love of Eretz Yisroel without Yiras Shomayim. For self benefit they would forfeit the whole land.

Although painfully so, we could apply the story of Shlomo Hamelech and the two mothers to our present situation. The argument erupted as to who was the real mother f the live baby. Upon hearing the verdict thay they should kill the baby and divide the baby, one screamed and the other was silent. Shlomo said the one that feels the pain and cries is the real mother; To her belongs the baby; to them belongs the land.

Tha Torah tells us of a mitzvah to appoint a king. This mitzvah however is tied into another mitzvah, the king is obligated to write a sefer Torah and read from it.  The Abarbenel tells us that a leader who does not read and adhere to the ‘Torah could be detrimental to the Jewish nation. This we see with our own eyes.

An objective of our Tfilos in Elul should be a renewed yearning for the Moshiach and a fulfillment of השיבה שופטיך כראשנהReturn us the leaders of old”.

I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year. To Chai Odom, its Mora D’asra and all the mispallelim and friends.
כתיבה וחתימה טובה.....                                                                                             
רב שלמה מרגלית בני ברק.....                                                                                    

Rosh HaShanah   5765 – 2004-2005
We are quickly approaching the holiday of Rosh Hashana. Many of the holidays that we celebrate during the year have names that signify the reason, purpose and cause for celebration or remembrance. Rosh HaShana, however, is described by a mitzvah which is performed during these days of awe. The Torah does not choose to refer to it as the Day of Judgment or the day of Tshuva, or the day of His monarchy. Rather, it chooses the sound of the Shofar, the message of the Shofar to be the emblem, the banner of these times. Why? Why is it called ייום של שופר - יום תרועה Perhaps the answer can be found in the famous explanation of the Rambam of the mitzvah of blowing Shofar. He states that although Shofar is a mitzvah in the Torah and we don’t really pretend to understand its inner meaning, we could perceive a very practical reason based on the words of the Navi.

עורו ישינים משנתכם ונרדמים הקיצו מתרדמתכם וחפשו במעשיכם וחזרו בתשובה וזכרו בוראכם

Wake up from ones slumber. Wake up from one’s daily routine. Wake up from the habits we are addicted to. Most of all, change the focus from a materialistic world to a spiritual one. Take inventory of one’s actions, of one’s approach to life. Man easily forgets he is part of a great reckoning and also a private reckoning. It would seem that the Torah understands human nature and realizes that there would be no plan of action on the part of man if he is not first awakened to the task at hand. Thus, the name shofar indicates the essence of the mission of mankind in these days, Yomim Noraim.

Taking this even further, the custom in Klal Yisroel and a הלכה in שולחן ערוך is to blow Shofar the entire month of Elul. That is, the entire month is a month of awakening in expectation of the יום הדין . The entire month is one long wake up call.

We find ourselves now in very dire and serious times. We find ourselves in the times described by the Gemora as the days before Moshiach. The first sign or indicator is the spread of “chutzpa” in the world, a brazenness which infiltrates even the holiest congregation. Certainly the time of Moshiach is getting closer and closer.

If this is the case, then anyone with a sense of logic and reasoning will not satisfy himself with cheering and yearning for Moshiach. One must prepare for this event by tshuva and maasim tovim. The Shofar of Moshiach is also a wake up call. Wake up from one’s lethargic existence and get excited about Torah and mitzvos.

At this moment, I would take this opportunity to wish all my friends at Chai Odom and of the greater Chai Odom family a happy and healthy New Year. May we all be inscribed in the Book of Life and may we merit together to receive the coming of Moshiach speedily in our times.

Regards from all our friends in Bnei Brak.

Shloma Margolis – Bnei Brak

Rosh HaShanah    5764 – 2003-2004
It is written “Could a shofar blow in the city and the people would not show fear?”

The Navi specifically mentions the element of anxious fear upon the sounding of the alarm in reference to “a city” and to “a people” and not to an individual. Why is this the case? It would seem that psychologically each person thinks to himself, at the time of emergency, I will escape, evil will not befall me. This results from either his belief in his own ability to avoid the problem, or his belief that he is not the object of the enemy’s focus. However, this is only in a physical sense and only when one worries about the individual. In the realm of a spiritual existence which hinges upon a community, a city, a people, the person’s anxiety is doubled. Not only is he worried for himself, but also for the “klal”, the greater numbers surrounding him. We Jewish people understand, especially on Rosh Hashanah, that we do not stand alone. Our responsibilities are to each other and we are judged as a group. Our hope for survival is only as a part of this precious nation of Israel. We must never pray only for ourselves but always include “We and all of your nation Israel for a good life and peace”.

Hence, when the shofar blasts “in the city”, the nation as a whole will certainly shake with trepidation.

It is with this thought in mind that we proceed to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. However, this alone, of course, will not change the course of events. In one of the most famous parts of the Yomim Noraim liturgy we say “the Heavens and all the celestial beings shake from the expectations of the awesome decree of who will live….” But soon after on the heels of this piece of the davening comes the shouts of “Tshuva, tfila and tzedaka have the power to nullify the evil decree. This means that since HaShem is “chaifetz chesed hu” - desires to do the utmost kindness with His people, then if we  involve ourselves in these activities, while by the letter of the law we would not deserve His favor, but since He is chafetz chesed, we are assured of all the good in this world.

May this year be a “shnas geula ve’yeshua, shnas shalom tova uv’rocha”.

(Excerpted from the new sefer of the Rav “Darchei Shleimus, cheilek beis”... now available)

Pesach   5763 – 2003
From Rav Margolis excepted from his new Sefer

The Holiday of Sukkos is also named the holiday of Simcha, of joy. Upon reflection, it would seem that this would be more appropriate for Pesach. Isn’t this the holiday at which we received our freedom and became a nation, what greater joy than this? Furthermore we sit around our beautiful tables filled with delicacies expounding upon the Haggada with all the family present. On Sukkos we leave our homes to sit in the, sometimes cold, sukkah and not always large enough for the entire family. We are always worried about rain, heat, etc, is this true Simcha? In fact Shavuous which is the time we received the Torah is also designated for a feeling of Simcha as the ‘Gemara in Pesachim 68 says all agree on Shavuous one must enjoy with a festive meal. It seems that Pesach is considered in a different category.

We must therefore conclude that the Simcha being discussed is not a physical one but rather a spiritual one which will be celebrated with a physical Simcha – There is a possuk in Vayikra –

HuLakachtem Lachem BaYom HaRishon VeChule BeSimchatchem Lifnei HaShem Elokechem Shivat Yomim

The Chazal comment about this possuk that the word "Rishon" refers to the clean slate that a person received after Yom Kippur and now starts the first new account. The Lulav and Esrog symbolize the greatness of the Jewish people and this, in turn, creates an aura of joy which permeates the entire chag, hence Zman Simchateinu. In fact this uplifting spiritual existence allows us to experience the ingathering of crops, the acquisition of wealth and still we remain steadfast in our faith. Now, we may leave our homes with the confidence that Hashem watches over us.

With this we can better understand the Yalkut thillim in the possuk of "Ve Nismecha Bo"

The medrash comments, in what lays the joy? Is it the day or is it Hashem? Comes Shlomo Hamelech and concludes "Bach" in you, in your Torah. The Simcha is not in the day but in the Torah. This is why Sukkos concludes with Simchas Torah. We are not a physical nation but a spiritual nation.

May Hashem grant us redemption from all our enemies in our time and we should experience the everlasting spiritual uplifting with the coming of Moshiach.

New Book Release Announcement

We are excited to announce the publishing of a new book by our revered Rav Shloma Margolis, Shlita

"The Path to Perfection" Volume II "Darchei HaShlemos AL Mahamere Chazal"

Selection of thoughts and views pertaining to the essays of our Sages and various Torah topics. It will soon be available in book stores and through the Shul.

Rosh HaShanah    5763 – 2002-2003
            In ספר חובות הלבבות שער יחוד המעשה פרק ה' he admonishes man to remember one thought.  The greatest enemy to man is the yetzer hara (man’s innate nature to follow the wrong directive).  Yet, man sleeps while the enemy is on the prowl.  The nature of a human being is that when the enemy is roaming around in the neighborhood, he cannot fall asleep, nor let his guard down.  The problem then is, that man does not recognize the Yetzer Hara as an enemy.  Man falls asleep.  The Yetzer Hara is constantly alert in an effort to mislead his victim, and to persuade him/her to go off the proven path of Torah.

However, there comes a time when each person must awaken and take accountability for his actions.  This is the last month of the year, the month of Elul.  Elul is a month when one must realize that time is slipping away.  It is in this vein that the Rambam interprets the sound of the shofar.  A shrill reminder: “Wake up, return, and remember your Creator.”  What does the Creator request of man?  To this question the Torah answers, דברים י יג)) “What does Hashem ask of you?  Only to fear Him, to guard his mitzvos, for your own good.”  The Navi expresses this thought as well in מיכה ו' ח' “What does Hashem ask of you?  But to do acts of righteousness and kindness.”  For your own good!  “Jealousy, glory seeking and addiction to habits destroy ones life”.  (Pirkei Avos)   Planting the proper ethics and midos in a person only extend his life expectancy.  Midos Tovos combat the depression caused by the aforementioned bad character traits.

Shlomo Hamelech described it perfectly in Koheles 5:11, “Sweet is the year of the one who works (and is satisfied with his lot), but the satisfaction of the rich doesn’t allow them to sleep.”  For forty years Hashem sustained the Bnei Yisroel in the midbar to demonstrate to them that there is no reason to be jealous etc. for Hashem tends personally to the needs of man.

To reach this magnificent level we must all strive to reach yiras shamayim in all our endeavors. Then and only then does Hashem assist us in our war against the yetzer hara.  May we all rise levels in our Avodas Hashem and fend off the enemies that wish to consume our holy nation.

I wish you all a happy and healthy new year. To all my friends and family in Chai Odom I say,

"לשנה טובה תכתבו ותחתמו ושנת גאולה וישועה".

Pesach 5762 – 2002
From his sefer Drachei Shleimus

The Torah commands parents time after time to impart the lessons of “Yetzias Mitzraim” to their children.

In order that you should tell into the ears of your son…
And it will be when your son will say to you…
And you should tell your son…

Why does the Torah mention this obligation in so many different ways? The Drachei Shleimus written by our beloved Rav, Rabbi Margolis explains: The Torah stresses this concept to inform us that the primary obligation of educating ones child is on us, the parents. Information can be passed on from teacher to student but “Yeras Shamaim” - fear of G-d and “Midos Tovos” must be taught at home. Parents set the tone - they create the atmosphere in which a child is nurtured. It is not enough to exempt ourselves from our obligation of Chinuch by sending our children to school. Chinuch begins at home “Ki Yshalcha Bencha” when your son asks you, not just his teacher educating him.

Wishing you all a “Chag Kosher VeSameach”

Rosh HaShanah    5762 – 2001-2002
In a short time, the sound of the Shofar will echo around the world. The Rambam describes this sound in the Laws of Teshuva: "It wakens us from our spiritual slumber." That is to say, it summons us to inspect our actions. Perhaps we have caused strife or pain to our fellow man. This, of course, is the most difficult of the service of man to his Creator. To seek forgiveness from one's fellow man is a supreme prerequisite to seeking atonement from G-d. This is the exact reason why the Torah chose to refer to this holiday as "Yom Teruah," the day of the sound of the Shofar calling to us. We must tend to an inventory of our actions of the entire year. Prepare for the year 5762. Express regrets for the mistakes of last year and accept a resolution to improve in the new year.

Rav Shloma Margolis's Sefer  – 2002
It is with great pride and thanks to the Almighty that Chai Odom receives the publication of the beautiful sefer of our beloved Rav Shloma Margolis. The name, Darkei Hashelemos, The Ways of Perfection, epitomize the ways and hopes of our revered teacher. May he enjoy many years of health and happiness. The new book is available at Israel Book Shop or through the shul.

The following appeared in the pages of the monthly magazine Kol Beroma printed in Bnei Brak as a review article of Rav Shloma Margolis’s sefer.

To wander through the pages of the sefer of Rav Shloma Margolis is to wander through that generation of the Second World War. That was a generation which knew that the need to strengthen Torah meant to literally sacrifice one's life for that goal.

"Darkei Hashelemos " is a sefer that takes us through those tragic years but elevates us to the heavenly heights of spirituality.

If one was not there, it would be better never to know of such a situation. How could they continue the learning of Torah in such difficult situations, in ghettoes and under such conditions?

Not many of us know that Rav Margolis was able to establish Yeshivos before and after the war under the Navordok umbrella. Many of his talmidim have continued on to become teachers and leaders themslves. They attribute their love for Torah to Rav Shloma Margolis. He was a beacon of light to many students who lost entire families. Reb Shloma, whose exemplary character traits attract many of the youth here in Ramat Elchonon, already in Lithuania, was a warm influence on many talmidim.

In his Sefer which contains original thoughts on each Parsha, there is an approbation from HaRav Zilberstein. He lauds the author and the title of the Sefer for, in fact, the author drank the waters of those who sought perfection among the many Roshei Yeshiva of the Navordok Yeshivos. Hagaon Harav Yaakov Edelstein Shlita writes about Rav Margolis that he was able to disseminate Torah before, during and after "the great flood".

In the introduction to the Sefer, Rav Margolis details the history of his life and the world around him, with emotional language. For the Yeshiva person it is worthy to study word by word this part to realize the ability of one to endure all the oppression and depression and still continue to exist as a Torah Jew. In detailing the events, the reader is introduced to the Yeshivos that the author helped begin. One for the young men in the vicinity of Pinsk, one in Lubatsh and after the war in Lodz, Poland.

Afterwards, due to the financial pressures of the times, the Yeshiva was forced to relocate to the city of Prague. At this point in time, the great sage Rav Arye Leib Grosnes arrived on the scene from London, England. He had in his possession twenty visas of entry for the immigrant Yeshiva bochurim. Rav Margolis entrusted to him twenty of his bochurim, including his two brothers-in law, Yudel and Ela Dovek, who later emigrated to Boston with him.

In a portion of this history the author describes a unique society, a brotherhood of five of the elite bochurim of the Novardok network. Its sole purpose was to encourage and strengthen one another and to ensure future contact with one another. Following are the seven resolutions that they accepted upon themselves, testifying to the greatness of these humble individuals. One, by the way, Rav Shlomo Podolsky of blessed memory later settled in Eretz Yisroel and his son Rav Nachum Podolsky , Rosh Yeshiva of Siach Yitzchak , eventually married the daughter of Rav Margolis. 1. To correspond each half year with each member. 2. Before proceeding to write the letter, one should learn at least 15 minutes of mussar about Bain Adom L’chavero. 3. Each seventh of Shvat one should celebrate their friendship and also write letters to each other. If it is Shabbos then this would be postponed till Sunday. 4. Each seventh of Shvat one should study 15 minutes of mussar concerning conduct with ones fellow man. 5. To assist one another both physically and financially as one would a brother. 6. To inform each other of a change of address. 7. The eventual goal is to gather together and settle in one place in Eretz Yisroel.

The author attests to the fact that he fulfilled the first six resolutions all the years in America and finally fulfilled the seventh one eight years ago when he settled in B’nei Brak.

The publishing of this volume marks a festive occasion for his friends and neighbors of Ramat Elchonon, who see in Rav Margolis an image, shadow and reflection of a generation of the past.

The author has merited to see all his children and grandchildren become Talmidei chachomim and true servants of Hashem. The education of the past is now surfacing in the traits and conduct of the many grandchildren who come to visit and leave a lasting impression on all of us in Ramat Elchonon.

May he continue to teach and write his Torah thoughts for many more healthy and happy years.

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