Sunday, February 16, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
And in a similar vein, I'm reposting a piece I wrote back then as well:
Thursday, February 13, 2014
From a recent talk the Rebbe gave. HT to my dad for the audio file and VosIzNeias for the translation.
“My sons, Hakadosh Baruch Hu knows his yidden. Imagine for yourselves that Moshiach is coming. Let’s try to picture for ourselves that we are standing now on a Motzei Shabbos and we all hear the sound of the shofar. Moshiach is here.
“The first thing that we need to do is to rebuild the Bais Hamikdash. We all know how the chareidi world operates, Baruch Hashem. Picture for yourselves how this Bais Hamikdash will be built. Let me tell you what is going to happen.
“The first ones who will enter the picture will be Agudas Yisroel who will say ‘Of course we are the ones who will build the Bais Hamikdash. We are the ones who worry about all the needs of the chareidi community. Is there any doubt that we should be the ones in charge?’ They will convene a whole assembly of gedolim in order to decide what needs to be done.
“Meanwhile, R’ Meir Porush will come and say, ‘And what about me? The Agudah represents everyone? I want this to be under my auspices.’ And then there will be a second group of Rabbonim discussing how to build the Bais Hamikdash.
“The Litvaks will come next and they will start to scream. ‘Gevald! The chasidism should build the Bais Hamikdash? They will all be dancing because they don’t know anything about the actual halachos of building the Bais Hamikdash. They will offer to find one Kohein who actually knows the halachos of the avoda. But they will tell us: “for this part, you are going to need the Kollel Chazon Ish. For that part you are going to need the avreichim in Brisk.” What are you, crazy? We will build the Bais Hamikdash.’
“Then will come Satmar, from both sides, and they will say, ‘You are all Zionists! You are unfit to build the Bais Hamikdash.’
“The Chabadniks will also get involved. ‘You are all crazy! Moshiach is ours! It is our Rebbe, our Moshiach, what are you talking about the Bais Hamikdash? You are all insane.’
“You understand that Moshiach will come and, nebuch, it will be another long galus just until we can all agree who will build the Bais Hamikdash.
Therefore, Hakadosh Baruch Hu has made the decision for us saying, ‘Listen to me, my children. It is enough for me that you will come to the Bais Hamikdash. I will build it on my own, because there is no other way the Bais Hamikdash could ever be built.’”
I love this piece.
Prior to Creation, there was only the infinite Or Ein Sof filling all existence. When it arose in G-d's Will to create worlds and emanate the emanated...He contracted (in Hebrew "tzimtzum") Himself in the point at the center, in the very center of His light. He restricted that light, distancing it to the sides surrounding the central point, so that there remained a void, a hollow empty space, away from the central point... After this tzimtzum... He drew down from the Or Ein Sof a single straight line [of light] from His light surrounding [the void] from above to below [into the void], and it chained down descending into that void.... In the space of that void He emanated, created, formed and made all the worlds. (Etz Chaim, Arizal, Heichal A"K, anaf 2)
Monday, February 10, 2014
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Look at the Eden of spiritual life, at how it blazes into each corner and crevice of life, spiritual and of this world, right before your eyes of flesh and your eyes of soul....
Gaze at the wonders of creation, at their divine life—not like some dim phenomenon that is placed before your eyes from afar.
But know the reality in which you live.
Know yourself and your world.
Know the thoughts of your heart, and of all who speak and think.
Find the source of life inside you, higher than you, around you. [Find] the beautiful ones alive in this generation in whose midst you are immersed.
The love within you: lift it up to its mighty root, to its beauty of Eden.
Send it spreading out to the entire flood of the soul of the Life of worlds, Whose light is reduced only by incapable human expression.
Gaze at the lights, at what they contain.
Do not let the Names, phrases and letters swallow up your soul.
They have been given over to you.
You have not been given over to them.
Rise up, for you have the power.
You have wings of the spirit, wings of powerful eagles.
Do not deny them, or they will deny you.
Seek them, and you will find them instantly.
Orot Hakodesh I, pp. 83-84