Rabbenu Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah's Teachings from the Chafetz Chaim


1.    The Chafetz Chaim said: Fufilling a Mitzvah in the Land of Israel is twenty times greater than fulfilling it outside of the Land (Sichot Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah – Vayikra p. 265 and Le-Netivot Yisrael vol. 1 p. 160, 202).

2.    Ha-Gaon Reb Leib, the son of the Chafetz Chaim, told our Rabbi that when they began to build "Rishon Le-Tzion" his father said to him: "Reb Leib, it has begun," i.e. the beginning of the Redemption (Sichot Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah – Bereshit pp. 457-458 and Devarim pp. 485-486, Be-Derech Ha-Torah Ha-Goelet p. 98).

3.    "A few years ago, a Torah scholar told me that a few young men wanted to avoid military service in a non-Jewish army and wasting time from learning Torah.  They wanted to physically injure themselves in order to be disqualified from the Polish military.  But the Chafetz Chaim opposed this: 'A person is not permitted to injure himself.  The body is not his.  And why avoid?  Practice in the Army.  The Messiah will arrive soon.  There will be a State.  And when there is a State, there will be a need for an army.  Prepare here.  You have the opportunity to prepare for the army of the State of Israel'" (Sichot Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah – Devarim p. 263).