Pillar of Emunah: Reb Sholom Mordechai – “Gam Zu Letovah”

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rubashkin2The following was written by Reb Sholom Mordechai on Motzoei Shabbos, just a day after he learned that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld the 27 year sentence imposed on him. The letter was written to his close friends and family:

A GUTE VOCH MIT BROCHO, HATZLOCHO, YESHUOIS, REFUOIS, NACHAS, UN CHEIN; UN NISSIM!
FREILACH, LOMIR DEM SHABBOS BAGLAYTEN, UNGRAYTEN A SEUDAH GOR SHEIN;
YETZ KUMT DER VOCH,
A NAYER VOCH,
MEN DARF HUBEN KOIACH BAYKUMEN ALTZ VOS OIF GETLICHKEIT FARSHTELT!
AL TIROH AVDI YAAKOIV!
MIR ALEH HUBEN A SHEVUA TOIV, TOIV, TOIV………

Dear Family Sheyichyu,
GAM ZU LETOIVO, GAM ZU LETOIVO,
WHEN WE SEE FROM HASHEM WHAT IS DOING FOR US WE KNOW THAT GAM ZU LETOIVO,
BARUCH HASHEM, THANK YOU HASHEM
BARUCH HATOIV VEHAMATIV

Picture Nochum Ish Gam Zu when he realized that the box with the precious contents were full of simple dirt,
He said GAM ZU LETOIVO which means “Also this is for GOOD!”
He says that because he knows that HASHEM IS GOOD AND ALL THAT COMES FROM HASHEM IS GOOD.
Seeing the replacement to the contents in the box he was carrying for Klal Yisroel, he did not let the worldly measurement of value to interfere with the ETERNAL TRUTH of the TORAH as he received it from Moishe Rabbeinu at Har Sinai.
He was not going to let himself be deluded by the value that people put on things, he knew one thing, STEADFAST, and IRONCLAD and that is: That HASHEM IS GOOD AND WHAT HASHEM DOES IS GOOD!
So when he saw a change to what he had planned, he knew that the change is for THE GOOD – and that is exactly what happened, the dirt gave the Emperor more pleasure than his precious box of jewels would have been able to do.
When he said “GAM ZU LETOIVO”; ELIYOHU HANOVI appeared and explained to the king that the dirt was from Avrohom Avinu and had wondrous qualities, and when it was seen to be true then the king gave NOCHUM ISH GAM ZU back all the money so that he could bring the Yidden the Jewels that they sent, and all that NOCHUM ISH GAM ZU asked for he received.
It is also important to remember that the story in the Gemara does no stop here; it continues to tell us that the wicked people that took away the Jewels were punished by their own scheme when they tried to bring the Emperor the dirt that they put into the box!

As it is important to know that HASHEM saves the Yidden, it’s also important to know that the wicked collaborators will be buried in the dirt that they dug as it says in Tehillim “BOIR KORO VAYACHEPEREIHU”.
The Shaar Habitochon says clearly that there is also the Bitachoin that the wicked will be punished for their wickedness.

Also it’s important to know that all YIDDEN at all times have said “GAM ZU LETOIVO!”
We know that Reb Akiva, who was a talmid of NACHUM ISH GAM ZU, said “KOL MA DEOVID RACHMONO LETAV OVID.” There is a difference between the two sayings; yet the YIDDEN in subsequent generations say “GAM ZU LETOIVO,” which teaches us that the way for us to do is “GAM ZU LETOIVO,” which means that we SEE the GOOD that is in everything that is happening, even when it looks like dirt – we are looking at good and at a Miracle waiting to happen!

We are going to make the Miracle happen and reveal itself when we say and know GAM ZU LETOIVO, and WE DO NOT CHANGE IN OUR AVOIDAS HASHEM. We show that we know that HASHEM is doing this and that its GOOD and this will bring out the good.

(Behashgocho Protis, the last few weeks since RE’EH we have been discussing this in the Shaabbos Dvar Toirah, so please go back and read them.)

IT’S MALAVE MALKA TIME, AND ELIYAHU HANOVI WILL BE COMING TO MY MELAVA MALKA TONIGHT AND TO YOURS.

Here is a story,
When the Alexander Rebbe was older and his health was not good, the doctors recommended that his son take him to the country where the fresh air would help the Rebbe his father.
They were there alone and one night the Alexander Rebbe was in great pain, and he though he was going to pass away and was crying from pain and the thought of passing away in such a place away from his family. His son said to him “TATE, I SWEAR THAT YOU WILL BETTER! DON’T CRY.” Then the son went out, raised his eyes to Heaven and said “OIBESHTER, is this Kovoid Hatoirah, there are no doctors here and if Chas Vesholom he passes away then who will look after this holy man?” The night passed and the Alexander Rebbe felt better and the pain went away.

In the morning, the Rebbe asked his son, “Tell me, for sure you had Bitachoin that I would become better. But where did you get the Koiach to swear? How were you SO SURE that I will become healed?”
The son answered that he has a kabolo from the HEILIGE RUZINER, when Dovid Hamelech in kapital YUD GIMMEL (yud gimmel middois Horachamim) says AD ONO AD ONO the whole world explains this as a series of three questions. BUT the pshat is the first two is the questions of ‘How long will there be a hester ponim?’ and the third AD ONO is the answer. The third AD ONO means AS LONG AS there are still EITZOIS BENAFSHI as long as there are by the person an “idea” how he can help himself then Chas Vesholom there could be a hester ponim and its no good, BUT WHEN THERE ARE NO MORE EITZOIS BY THE PERSON THEN THERE IS NO MORE A HESTER PONIM, AND HASHEM’S RACHAMIM RABIM SHINES FORTH.
Says the son to his father, “When I saw that there was no idea of how to help, no doctor here, I knew for sure enough to swear that there will be no HESTER PONIM and you will be well!”

So Kinderlach, here is the lesson of the story:
What really worried me all this time was that there were those that thought they had an idea of what to do to help, there was too much put in to thinking that the children of Eisov will have even a resemblance of mishpat to the child from YAAKOV, so there was the thought that a yeshua could come from there. NOW BARUCH HASHEM WE SEE THAT WE MUST LOOK FOR THE YESHUA FROM HASHEM AND HE WILL FIND THE RIGHT KELI AND SIBAH HOW TO BRING IT DOWN IN THIS PHYSICAL WORLD.
We see as long as there were ideas of what to do, there could still be a hester rachmono litzlan, BUT NOW WE SEE THAT THERE ARE NO IDEAS. SO JUST AS THE SON WAS ABLE TO SWEAR BECAUSE HE HAD TOTAL EMUNAS CHACHOMIM IN THE TORAH THEY TEACH, I SWEAR THAT THERE WILL BE NO MORE HESTER PONIM AND HASHEM WILL FREE ME FROM PRISON RIGHT AWAY EVEN BEFORE THIS ROISH HASHONO TOF SHIN AYIN BAYS WHICH IS IN 11 DAYS.
PLEASE BE READY FOR ME TO BE HOME FOR ROISH HASHNO GEZUNTERHAYT UN FREILICHERHEIT 🙂

We have to remember AL TIVTICHU BENDIVIM that there is NO yeshua from them.
WE HAVE TO HAVE TOTAL BITACHOIN IN HASHEM by ADDING IN OUR LEARNING AND DAVENING AND MITZVOIS BEHIDUR AND ALL WITH GREAT SIMCHA OF DOING THE MITZVOS OF HASHEM,
THE MELECH IS BASODEH AND WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO SEE HIM AND TELL HIM WHAT WE NEED.
BY THE MELECH WE WILL TRUE MISHPAT, TRUE RACHAMIM BAMISHPOT.

A GUTEH VOCH
BESUROIS TOIVOIS
KESIVA VECHASIMA TOIVO LESHANA TOIVO UMESUKO
Tatty

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35 COMMENTS

  1. No way we can judge, and obviously he has a tremendous amount of Bitachon. I just wonder why he made a prediction about what would be a mere 11 days from now.

  2. i never saw such a letter like this its amazing. everone could teach himself something from this. just reading and looking at it made me cry. now we know that the only thing is tefila.everyone sould say some tehalim for him every day.

  3. daven davendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendavendaven
    daven
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  4. Thanks for posting this piece. It gives all of us so much chizuk. Our tears, and heartfelt tfilois for reb smr and his family will biezrat hashem not be in vain. And we will see eisavs mapulu speedely in our days, umen.

  5. Faith & trust in Hashem is the key to success in Yiddishkeit

    Turn to Hashem alone -& no others-for help & you shall lack nothing (tehillim chapter 34)

  6. Nebach, to be soivel so much, not being able to be home… America is not the same as it used to be, this is a perversion of justice.

  7. Bli neder. I am going to print this and tape it on the wall in my house.

    This is vort for us to learn going into Yom HaDin.

    Thank you Reb Sholom Mordechai. May Hashem bring you home immediately.

  8. Reb sholom Mordchai you are so special you have given all of klal yisroel a chizuk and emunah and Bitochon may you be freed before the 11 days

  9. THERE WILL BE NO MORE HESTER PONIM AND HASHEM WILL FREE ME FROM PRISON RIGHT AWAY EVEN BEFORE THIS ROISH HASHONO TOF SHIN AYIN BAYS WHICH IS IN 11 DAYS.

  10. Simply amazing…may he be freed to the love and warmth of his family and community ASAP!

    also does anybody know the name for davening for Jacob Ostreicher who’s currently imprisoned in Bolivia?

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