Monday, February 25, 2008

18 Adar I ~ י"ח אדר א

There isn't anything after life, because life never ends. It just goes higher and higher. The soul is liberated from the body and returns closer to her source than ever before.
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The Lubavitcher Rebbe would often point out that a basic law of physics (known as the First Law of Thermodynamics) is that no energy is ever "lost" or destroyed; it only assumes another form. If such is the case with physical energy, how much more so a spiritual entity such as the soul, whose existence is not limited by time and space nor any of the other delineators of the physical state. Certainly, the spiritual energy that in the human being is the source of sight and hearing, emotion and intellect, will and consciousness does not cease to exist merely because the physical body has ceased to function; rather, it passes from one form of existence (physical life as expressed and acted via the body) to a higher, exclusively spiritual form of existence.
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I remember a music professor who would start the class by playing a chord on the piano and asking us to write down the notes. The chords became more and more sophisticated as the classes progressed: minor 9ths, suspended, augmented, 13ths...

Then, one day, he played the ugliest chord imaginable -- and this time, not only were we asked to write the notes, but to tell him the era and composer, as well. All were convinced it was post-Wagnerian. Most placed it as "modern ugly -- likely from the 1920s." Several suggested Arnold Schönberg. Then he played us the entire piece. It was a fugue from J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavichord. The voices of the fugue fought their way into a crescendo of complexity culminating in the agonizing tension of that chord...and then smoothly resolved back into the sweetest baroque harmony.

Of course, it was all beautiful. But the most beautiful was that which we had first heard as the most ugly.

May we all merit to hear the entire symphony fulfilled, sooner than we can imagine.



(From articles written by Tzvi Freeman and Shlomo Yaffe and Yanki Tauber)

11 comments:

Tiggy said...

Because I want to be healed by grace.

mishmum said...

Oh, I was gonna write sunthing to the
effect of healed by Grace...

the sabra said...

1- If you want to be healed by grace, act graciously.
2- If you want to be healed by Grace, go to the Hollywood Fountain.
3- If you want to be healed by The Grace, tip the scale towards the positive side somehow.

mishmum said...

Very profound. I must say.

the sabra said...

You must.

Tiggy said...

1- If you want to be moved by will, act.
2- If you want to be moved by Will, he's next to Grace.
3- You can't be moved by The Will. It's all free for the choosing.

the sabra said...

Depending on who it is, I am either nodding in approval or sneering.

Tiggy said...

Sneering. Maybe seething.

the sabra said...

Seething? Not quite.

Tiggy said...

I'll see your sneer and raise you two seethings.

the sabra said...

gosh i can't believe what this post turned into. twas so sacred--life and death.