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.”