Baruch Hashem, R' Boruch Leff, a mechanech in Baltimore and writer for Yated, Aish.com, and other publications has given me permission to post a series of pieces which quote my rebbe, Rav Moshe Weinberger, from his book Are You Growing?, which is available on Aish's website at a 40% discount here. He asked me to point out that these pieces were not written by Rav Weinberger himself, but represent R' Leff's understanding of things Rav Weinberger said in various shiurim. Enjoy!
Someone oncecame to Rav Moshe Weinberger (of Woodmere), shlita,and told him that his resolution for the year was to start wearing a gartel for davening. Rav Weinberger asked the man, “Why do you think youshould wear a gartel?” The manreplied, “Rebbe, you wear a gartel andI figured that I would begin to respect prayer more if I also wore a gartel.”Click here to get Dixie Yid in your e-mail Inbox or here to subscribe in Google Reader.
RavWeinberger responded, “Whether or not you should wear a gartel is its own subject. But don’t think you are doing teshuva just because you have decided tostart wearing a gartel. Repentancemust begin from within, not from without. If you want to work on bettering yourdavening, work on the root, the pnim, the inner self, the inner reasonwhy you don’t daven as you shouldnow. Merely putting on a gartel has nothing to do with a true path of teshuva.”