Daily Writings on Kabbalah and Torah – 3rd Av, 5769
Everyone has different abilities depending on the tribe they represent. Let us all unify and work together in the battle against the Sitra Acher.
WISDOM CAN ONLY BE LOWERED TO A CERTAIN POINT – IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT READ IT OVER TWO THREE TIMES AND THINK ABOUT IT
Regarding the location of the ten tribes
– During the reign of Rechovam the kingdom split in two.
– The tribes of Yehuda and Binyomin remained under the house of Dovid. The remaining ten tribes, under the kingdom of Ephraim.
– Sanchariv eventually exiled the ten tribes long before the remaining two.
– Here is what happened to these tribes….
1- There were members of all ten tribes living in the land of Yehuda. In addition many escaped there during the war.
2- Yermiyah the prophet, brought back members of the tribes unifying them with the rest of the nation.
3- Jews who were exiled to areas close to Bavel eventually regrouped with Yehuda.
4- There were groups that lost their tradition and intermarried. These were the descendents of the biggest sinners, those responsible for the exile.
5- There were groups that lost their tradition but only married amongst themselves. These are the groups claiming to belong to the tribes, some have customs loosely resembling Judaism.
6- The rest were placed behind the Sambatyon, a mystical river in the subterranean earth. Sancherev knew one of the openings. This group retains full knowledge of the kabalistic mysteries.
– Most Jews are descendents of Yehuda, Binyamin, Cohanim and Leviem. There are also a number from all ten tribes.
– In addition, now a days, yichus and mahus (lineage and essence) are separated, one might have the essence of a tribe that he does not descend from.
“It is written of Rabbi Pinhas’ great disciple, Rabbi Rafael of Bershad that he said: ‘It was an important obligation in the eyes of the Rebbe, his memory for a blessing, to complete the recitation of the Book of Psalms twice each week, once without a break, and once with. He himself would say one of the five books of the Book of Psalms each day. In my youth I used to finish the Book of Psalms once each month, but the Rebbe told me to say more than that, without setting an exact amount, but just according to the heart. And he told me to say all the Book of Psalms, without interruption, once each month’”.*
*Pe’er la-Yesharim, p. 10gb, no. 107 (A), cited in Jewish Spiritual Practices, by Yitzhak Buxbaum, p. 358 (B)
Rabbi Nachman’s – Sayings & Teachings – From The Essential Rabbi Nachman
A treasury of sayings, teachings, parables and stories by the outstanding Chassidic sage, mystic and visionary, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810), whose message of faith, hope, courage, simplicity and joy is essential to each one of us and essential to the whole world.
Translated by Avraham Greenbaum
KNOWING G-D – Unanswerable questions
There are certain questions that trouble many people, such as how we can have free will if God knows the future. You must accept that it is beyond the capacity of the human mind to understand such things, because the answers lie on a level of wisdom so transcendent that the human mind is unable to fathom it. This wisdom can never enter the human mind, but it encompasses the mind from the outside. If a person could grasp this wisdom, he would no longer be human but an angel.
The very fact that we cannot understand the mystery of free will is precisely what gives us our freedom. In time to come, men’s minds will expand and the secrets of free will and providence will be revealed. Free will as such will then disappear. Man’s mind will emerge from its limitations and he will become like an angel having no free will.
Likutey Moharan I, 21
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov “It is a great mitzvah to be happy.”
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Azamra means “I will sing” (Psalms 146:2)
“And the way to sing the song of joy is by seeking the good in all people, especially in ourselves. Each good point is one more note in the song of life!”
From our Sages on the Parshah Parshah: Matot-Massei Verses: Numbers 30:2-36:13
G-d spoke to us in Horeb, saying: “You have long enough surrounded this mountain. Turn away, and take your journey..” (Deuteronomy 1:6-7)
“This mountain” is Mount Sinai, scene of the most monumental event in human history: G-d’s revelation of His wisdom and will to man. Still G-d says: You’ve been hanging around this mountain long enough. Move on!
In our lives, we also have moments of revelation, times when we learn and grow and are enriched. But the purpose most always be to move on, move away, and carry the enlightenment and enrichment to someplace else — some corner of creation that awaits redemption.
Perek Shira: The Waters Sing The Powerful Song Of Humility
Rabbeinu Bachaya in VaYikra (2:13) quotes the medrash that says that when Hashem created the world and separated the upper waters from the lower waters, the lower waters began to cry. They were sent away from their lofty abode in Shamayim down on to this lowly world. The Gemara in Taanis (7a) says that water is the symbol of humility. No matter where it is, it always goes down to to the lowest spot.
The crashing of the waves in the sea is so powerful that according to a study done five years ago, it causes the equivalent of a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. This is the noise of the broken heart. This is the roar of humility of the water, who not only left its lofty place in Shamayim, but even on earth finds itself in the lowest point. The gemara Megila (31a) tell us that where ever we find the greatness of Hashem, there we also find His humility. Hashem’s greatness is most evident in Shamayim, therefore so is His humility most evident there.
The water sings “MiKolos Mayim Rabim Adirim Mishbirei Yam”, greater than the sounds of the great (and humble) waters that are so powerful that it break the seas, “Adir BaMarom Hashem”, Hashem, even as he sits in the highest of heaven, makes far more noise with his humility. Since both His greatness and humility go hand in hand and give a seismic shake to the world.
The lesson here is that humility is greatness, and they both cause a ruckus that no one can miss. What you won’t achieve with haughtiness and arrogance, you will achieve with humility. Even the hard of hearing will hear your message loud and clear.
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Daily Teachings of the Baal Shem Tov – 3rd Av, 5769
The Baal Shem Tov taught: Wherever a person puts his thoughts, there is the whole man.
(Kesser Shem Tov 56)
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