Erev Rosh Chodesh Av 5768
Dear Friends, ad 120 b'simcha,
This Shabbos, Rosh Chodesh Av, is the yarhtzeit of Aaron haKohen, the High Priest.In the merit of Aharon haKohen, may all our homes and relationships be blessed with peace.
Hillel and Shamai - received from them. Hillel says, "Be amongst students of Aaron, loving shalom and pursuing shalom, loving people and bring them close to the Torah."In the Sfat Emet on Pirkei Avot Ethics Chapter 1, Mishnah 12, I learned that why Hillel says, "be a student of Aaron," and doesn't just say, "pursue peace, love people," etc.
The Gerrer Rebbes say that it is entirely in the merit Aaron haKohen that every person is capable of being a lover of peace and pursuer of peace. Everyone can be a lover of all of Hashem's creations and bring them all close to Torah.
He further says that we should have no haughtiness when we're able to do this, and we should just think/realize that we're no more than students of Aaron the Kohen.
Aaron haKohen, we love you and miss you.ZCHUTO YAGEN ALEINU! MAY HIS MERIT BRING US PROTECTION!
Have a wonderful Shabbos!B'ahava u'bivracha,Sholom