Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Neriah

Tonight is the 23rd yahrzeit of Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Neriah, founder of the Bnei Akiva yeshivot, educator, revolutionist, author, Rabbi Kook’s disciple, laureate of the Israel Prize. Here are just a few phrases from the great legacy that he left:

*”The commandment of ובחרת בחיים (‘And you shall choose life’) is not like elections (בחירות – ‘choosing’, in Hebrew) that take place once every few years. Choosing the Torah and commandments is a daily matter”.

*”A land that eats up its inhabitants (Numbers 13:32) – the land eats those who inhabit it and do nothing in it, who do not act.”

*”Death was given to the world only so that people would know how to live.”

*”A person who asks ‘what is my duty’ rather than ‘what is my right’ – his world is totally different”.

*”The greatest of all revolutions – is the revolution that takes place in the heart.”

*”I think, therefore I am a person. The more I think, the more I find the essence of the person in me.”

*”Man does not fulfill Mitzvot. It is the Mitzvot that fulfill the man.”

*”The word that I least understand is G-D, and precisely because of this it explains everything to me.”

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Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. Married to Yedidya, the mother of five. Lives in Jerusalem. She works for Israel TV news, writes a column for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, and hosts a weekly radio show on Galei Zahal (Army Radio). Her lectures on the weekly Torah portion are attended by hundreds and the live broadcast attracts thousands more listeners throughout the world.
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