Rabbi Shapira served as a Rabbi in the Warsaw Ghetto during the worst days of the Nazis. Despite deprivation and untold suffering, he bravely offered comfort, teaching, inspiration, and Torah. Rabbi Shapira did not survive the war. He died in Trawinki concentration camp in 1943.
His writings survived only because he hid them. After the war they were found with the following note attached “now that we are in danger every day, God help us, I hereby request of you, my previous loved ones, that if God shall help…[and these manuscripts] …arrive in your hands, do what you can to publish them…and spread their distribution among the Jewish people. Please publish all my writings. I hope and trust that everyone who studies from these texts will find the blessings of our holy ancestors supporting them in this world and in the next” his first Torah (teaching) is about our Torah portion. He says that righteous people should not ever settle – they are always needed, and the work of the righteous is never done.