IKS Baal HaTanya Story
The past summer (2018), a chassidishe yid called Irgun K’vod Shomayim (IKS) and told over the following incident:
A little while ago, he was mekabel upon himself to be part of the master list of people promoted by IKS who have pledged to refrain from using their cellphones and to not talk during davening. This pledge was very difficult for him due to his nature as well as peer pressure from friends starting conversations with him. Nevertheless, he was mekabel upon himself to refrain from talking and using cellphones during davening and he fervently hoped that certain yeshuos that he desperately needed would come to fruition. Very shortly after he was mekabel this pledge, he had a vivid dream one Friday night.
He dreamt that he was walking down a street that was unfamiliar to him when he came upon a large building that appeared to him to be a bais medrash. Bright lights were radiating from its windows. He wasn’t quite sure what he had happened upon, but then he heard beautiful niggunim emanating from that building. He was unfamiliar with the niggunim, but he thought they were reminiscent of tunes from Chabad. He then heard a voice asking him if he wanted to go inside, so he replied, “Yes.” He was told to “go inside.”
Upon entering the building, he met a gabbai who looked at him and remarked, “You’re an ainekel of the Baal HaTanya. Therefore, go straight in.” He proceeded to enter into what turned out to be a giant bais medrash filled with lots of people – all of whom were bright, shining, and dressed in white. They were singing the beautiful niggunim that he had heard outside. All around him there were tables set with food, but no one was eating. In front, he recognized the Baal HaTanya who was shining extremely brightly. The Baal HaTanya beckoned to him to please come forward and sit next to him. Upon sitting down, the beautiful singing slowly subsided and the Baal HaTanya began giving divrei Torah.
In the middle of the shmooze, the Baal HaTanya began to focus his remarks on the current generation and the challenges that our generation face. He pointed out that we are living in a time where so much is going on and competing for our attention and, unfortunately, what’s happening in shul is a lack of recognition of the presence of the Ribbono Shel Olam. The disrespect shown to Him in the shul is extremely destructive. The Baal HaTanya then turned to this chassidishe yid sitting next to him and said, “For people who are mekabel on themselves to be exceptionally careful with these inyanim, they will be zoche to see yeshuos of all types.” The singing then resumed in a most lovely and melodic way.
The scene repeated itself as the singing gradually subsided and the Baal HaTanya spoke divrei Torah once again. Amazingly, the same thing occurred as before – in the middle of the divrei Torah, the Baal HaTanya focused again on our generation and the need for every single yid to focus on the Ribbono Shel Olam and bring Him into their lives. He also again disdained the disrespect taking place in our shuls towards the Ribbono Shel Olam. Again he turned to this chassidishe yid and told him, “but people who are mekabel on themselves to be careful in these practices will have the yeshuos that they need and are going to end up in a very good place.”
These events happened a third time. After that, this yid suddenly woke up and he realized he was singing one of the niggunim. The man’s wife turned to him and said, “You don’t sing. And you certainly don’t sing in your sleep. What is this niggun? It sounds beautiful.” The man explained to his wife how he had just seen the Baal HaTanya and described all the things that he heard. Baruch Hashem, since the dream occurred, this chassidishe yid has begun seeing a lot of the yeshuos he so desperately needed and is eagerly anticipating all of them coming to fruition.
What we can learn from this yid’s dream is obvious. Rabbosai, we are living in a time that is extremely difficult, a time when we are being pulled in all directions. Nevertheless, we can band together to increase k’vod shomayim. One way to accomplish this is to join the master list where people are mekabel to be extremely careful to not talk and to not use a cellphone so as to not disturb himself or anyone else during the course of the tefilah from beginning to end. If we focus on that, we can be zoche to be close with the Ribbono Shel Olam and be zoche to much yeshua for us and for everyone in Klal Yisroel.
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It's abundantly clear when learning Shulchan Aruch WELL, that disturbing (with talking, cellphones......) IS very disrespectful during any parts of Davening. עיין סימן קכ"ד וסימן קמ"ו בשולחן ערוך, וגם בהרבה מראה מקומות המובאים בספר "כבוד בית ה