Chosid, Yerei Shomayim, and a Lamdan. Ever notice how the Rebbe places the Lamdan last?…
In the classic Brocha of the Rebbe to every Bar Mitzvah Bochur, the Rebbe blesses the boy to be a Chosid, to be G-d fearing, and to be a Learner. The acronym of these three words חסיד, ירא שמים, למדן spells חי’’ל a soldier, seemingly implying that a soldier in the Rebbe’s army has these three qualities.
It is intersting to note that although תלמוד תורה כנגד כולם, that Torah learning is above all, and seemingly the role of Yeshivos is to teach Torah and the skills of learning Torah, the Rebbe places the Lamdan as last in his Brocha.
׳׳די תלמידים זאלן זיין פרומע ערליכע אידן, ווארימע אידן, חסידישע אידן׳׳
Some parents feel that their son must be in a Yeshiva that focuses on learning above all, and any other activities only detract from their goal of raising him to be a Lamdan. This line of reasoning continues that if, unfortunately, my son is not successful in his learning, then I must send him to an “alternative” Yeshiva where they will accommodate him with alternate programs and activities.
in light of this line of reasoning, it is interesting to consider the Rebbe’s order of words in his Brocha. By placing Lamdan last, is the Rebbe implying that this is the least importnant of the three middos?
I would like to suggest that the Rebbe may be guiding us on how to achieve the greatest success in being a Lamdan, by ensuring that the first two midos are addressed.
[Whereas] in previous generations the main role of the Yeshivos was the learning of Torah and thriving in it, and the practical fulfillment of Mitzvos and observing of Minhagei Yisroel was a given for every Jewish boy and girl through the Chinuch provided in the home and the environment … Today the times have changed and among – the main – roles of the Yeshivos is to make the Talmid, first and foremost into a Yerei Shomayim, to an observant Jew, and then into a Lamdan, and – in the Yeshivos of Chabad – into a Chosid, as well…
…the Yeshivos must arrange their matters so as to achieve first of all the main goal – די תלמידים זאלן זיין פרומע ערליכע אידן, ווארימע אידן, חסידישע אידן – the students should be Frum, sincere, warm Jews, Chassidishe Jews…
(Igros Kodesh Vol. 4, pg. 214)
With this video we’d like to open the discussion to the community to discuss this question. Does offering today’s Bochurim the opportunity to engage in programing and activities that build up their character, self confidence and self esteem, detract from their growth as a Chay”il, or enhance their experience and enable them to reach their true potential as a Lamdan and soldier of the Rebbe?
(See follow up post, True Lamdan – The Steps)