Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Rabbinical Haskamahs - הסכמות של רבנים

These are approvals from great Rabbis for heeding the words of the mentally disabled:
ניתן לראות את ההסכמות של רבנים לאוטיסטים בעברית כאן:


By: Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky

2018 Upland Way
Philadelphia, Pa 19131

Erev Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av 5760

Some time ago I saw this thought written by a great person:
Every soul enters this world in order to accomplish its mission in life. Most people are sent into this world to complete their own life's purpose and also to influence others, according to their ability. However, there are lofty souls who are unable and do not require a personal tikun, but are sent to this world strictly to teach others.

Perhaps these souls are sent to point out to us man's great strengths and what lies within us. These souls who spent their time in utero studying Torah, and achieved such greatness that they saw from one end of the world to the other with unlimited clarity, were brought into the world to make us understand man's great knowledge and abilities.

Therefore, it is worthwhile to print this book in English, so that people may understand the secrets and greatness of the human being. One must not forget the directive, "You shall be wholeheartedly faithful to Hashem, your G-d," and not use these abilities to predict the future.

With best wishes for hatzlacha,

[Rabbi] Shmuel Kamenetsky

Comments of HaRav Hagaon Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Steinman shlita

The great gaon, HaRav Aharon Leib Steinman has personally 1 told me that he regards this new form of communication with the mentally disabled as a manifestation of profuse Divine compassion meant to arouse the slumbering who, due to the vanities of our time, have forgotten the truth, and their entire lives immerse themselves in empty and futile pursuits. He also regards it as a means for strengthening bnei Torah in all those areas which require strengthening in our time.

Their words of mussar are like searing flames of fire, which greatly arouse all those who examine them. Therefore it is befitting to disseminate and publicize them.

HaRav Steinman was personally present at FC sessions with the mentally disabled, and marveled at their answers to his questions. According to HaRav Steinman, it is very important to examine their words of mussar, in order to take stock of one's ways. These messages should not be disregarded.

Hakodosh Boruch Hu is sending us an illumination from Above, which many people overlook or deprecate.
Therefore HaRav Hagaon Rav Steinman greatly encouraged me to publish this book which conveys these messages to the public at large. However, he also asked me to caution that one may not use these messages in order to derive practical advice or for halachic guidance. He also warned not to ask the mentally disabled questions about the future. We have merited the revelation of this remarkable phenomenon only for the purpose of drawing the hearts of the Jewish People closer to their Father in Heaven.

(1) HaRav Steinman saw this letter, and authorized its insertion in the book.

The Recommendation of
HaRav Hagaon Rav
Nosson M. Wachtfogel, zt"l
Mashgiach of Beth Medras Govoha of America,
Lakewood, New Jersey

25 Sivan, 5757

"The nation which walks in the darkness, saw great light." We are currently living in an era in which immense darkness and confusion prevail. Many Jews are not even familiar with their Father in Heaven, while many [in Torah observant circles] are still far from perfection. The Creator Blessed be He pitied His nation, and in His vast kindness sent us a means for arousing people from their deep slumber, in the form of a new mode of communication with the mentally disabled. This form of communication demonstrates to us that the spiritual world is revealed to the disabled. Even though in the eyes of the world, these people are regarded as lacking in understanding and in cognizance of their surroundings, this new form of communication called Communication by Support [or Facilitated Communication], shows us that their knowledge of the spiritual aspects of the world, and their perception of their Creator, and of [the workings of] Divine Providence, as well as their knowledge of mussar in on a very high level. [This phenomenon] has already greatly strengthened many Jews, causing them to return to their roots or to strengthen their link with Torah and mitzvos. Therefore, I feel that it is very important to publicize the book, Ve'Nafshi Yodaat Me'od (the Hebrew version of Secrets of the Soul) and the messages of the mentally disabled, which result in the drawing of the hearts closer to our Father in Heaven.

Due to my many commitments, I was unable to read through this book, and asked a talmid chacham, whom I trust implicitly, to review it. He indeed reviewed a large part of the book, and conveyed its content to me. In addition, his first hand observations of this form of communication caused him to conclude that it is authentic and highly valuable.

Alongside this, we must stress that while the messages conveyed to us by means of the disabled are worthy of strengthening and drawing close the hearts, one may not practically implement their advice without consulting a Rav, since as it is known, the Jewish Nation is led only by the Torah sages.

May all those disseminating these important messages, with the purpose of sanctifying Heavne's name and magnifying His Blessed Name and magnifying His Blessed Name in the world, be blessed. May Hashem Yisborach help them, and may they succeed.

[Rabbi] Nosson Wachtfogel

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