Rebbe means teacher. Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson is seventh in a prestigious line of chassidic rebbes. Even after his passing, he is known worldwide as simply “The Rebbe” – a Rebbe for any person in the world.
These Daily Doses offer every person a taste of the Rebbe’s wisdom, condensed from over 50 years of letters, public talks, private conversations, and written works.
The Daily Page is a collection of excerpts taken from the daily Kabbalah lesson with Dr. Michael Laitman and Bnei Baruch.
I Will Reach Something Good
We proceed to read The Zohar after preparing ourselves by studying Rabash’s articles during the first part of the lesson; that is, after we are ready to receive the Light that Reforms. What does it mean, “We are ready.”? It means we have a desire for it, a desire for the inner dimension in particular, for acquiring the property of bestowal beyond our earthly mind and sensations. We want this property to rule over us.
What if a person has no desire for it? What if he does not feel that he lacks the property of bestowal, and does not even wish to feel this lack? What should he do? He too should stay with those who want to acquire the property of bestowal. A person who feels virtually no desire for it should cling like a newborn to those who study. It is said about the science of Kabbalah: “It will heal all flesh.”
In our world, even a healthy person occasionally undergoes medical examination: “What if they find some illness?” “Why do I need this if I am healthy?” “I want to be sure I don’t have any disease that is progressing while I am unaware of it.”
The same applies to us. Even if we don’t feel that we lack the property of bestowal and we consider ourselves “healthy,” we trust the great Kabbalists who advise us to examine ourselves. Hence, we read The Book of Zohar even if we feel no need for it. Perhaps, thanks to this reading that I don’t particularly relate to or feel any taste or necessity for, I will nevertheless examine myself and see that I possess negative properties. By correcting them, I will reach something good. (I will get better.)
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Righteous And Wicked
What are “righteous” and “wicked” in terms of Kabbalah?
“Wicked” in terms of Kabbalah is a state of “heart” of a person, his desire to receive that controls him. And when the attribute of “man” (the intention in order to bestow) in him strengthens and controls his heart, then in this state, man is called “righteous.”
He is called righteous because he has two opposing things: the desire to receive and the intention for the sake of bestowal, and from the beginning he justifies the Creator that he is in this split even though he doesn’t understand and is not able to grasp these two opposing things together.
To those who read “Keep Smiling” before, I hope you will enjoy reading them once again…
Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz
Be a king or a queen. Be noble. Be gracious. Be kind and friendly. Have a generous word to say to someone — especially someone who would like to hear a generous word. Have money to give someone — especially someone who would like to receive money. Raise yourself beyond feelings of envy or resentment.
We often ask, “Why is the success I so want, not mine? Why am I not attracting the people I want to myself? Why do I not draw the money and promotion I want into my life?”
The reason we don’t draw all we want to ourselves, is because we aren’t yet the people we would like to be — we aren’t yet the people we know we can be. First, we need to be what we can be. Then, we’ll enjoy the privileges and pleasures we want.
Therefore, be a king or a queen. Be noble. Be gracious. Be kind and friendly. Have a generous word to say to someone who would like to hear a generous word. Have money to give someone who would like to receive some money. Raise yourself beyond feelings of envy or resentment.
The body of every good story is the courage and determination that the hero displays in the face of difficulty and challenge. This then should be the focus of our lives, to meet our life situation with greatness.
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Sunday 12 September / 4 Tishri
Fast of Gedaliah (deferred from Shabbat)
Today’s fast is in memory of Gedaliah son of Achikam, Babylonian-appointed governor of Judaea after the destruction of the First Temple. His assassination (Jeremiah ch. 41) brought the last vestiges of Jewish self-rule in Israel to an end. The fast commences at dawn on Sunday and is observed until nightfall. Selichot are recited today and every weekday until Yom Kippur.