Rabbi Yechiel Yitzchok Perr shlit”a really needs no introduction. Longtime rosh yeshivah of Yeshiva Derech Ayson of Far Rockaway, as well as a descendant of the Alter of Novardok zt”l, Rabbi Perr is known for his signature, incisive style, especially apparent in his mussar va’adim.
Mind over Man is based on Rabbi Perr’s daily va’adim in Sefer Madreigas Ha’adam, the work recording the Alter’s discourses. An excerpt from this engaging, thought-provoking book appears below:
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My father was a rav in a mostly non-Jewish neighborhood in South Ozone Park, down Rockaway Boulevard. Every year on Memorial Day, they held a big parade with soldiers and boy scouts, music and drums. At the end of the parade, there would be an official ceremony with speeches and prayers. My father was invited every year to deliver a prayer at the event.
One year when I was young, I walked with him to the parade. Noticing the time, I said, “Dad, you’re going to be late.”
Uncharacteristically, he responded, “I want to be late.” This surprised me, because he was a meticulous person and a stickler for being on time. Read the rest of this entry »