Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Comforting Words of Chassidus, Marked Unread

Each one of us is both the sun and the moon.
The sun is constant—every day the same fiery ball rises in the sky. But the moon cycles through constant change—one day it is whole, then it wanes until it has disappeared altogether. Yet, then it is renewed, reborn out of nothingness.
So too, we learn and progress by quantum leaps and bounds, yet the timeless, constant wisdom of Torah doesn’t budge from its place. On the contrary, the more we move forward, the deeper we fathom the truths behind us

From a letter:
You write to me you are concerned that you no longer believe. If you don’t believe, then why does not believing concern you?

My grandfather (R. Shmuel) asked the Tzemach Tzedek: What did Grandfather (the Alter Rebbe) intend with the "ways of Chassidus" and what did he intend with Chassidus?
The Tzemach Tzedek answered: The "ways of Chassidus" are that all Chassidim are to be like one family, with affection, as Torah teaches. Chassidus is vitality. Chassidus is to bring life and illumination into everything, to shed light even on the undesirable - to become aware of one's own evil exactly as it is, in order to correct it.

There are those who are unable to proceed with life because they have concluded that everything is just fate. We are always thinking in terms of a cause and an effect, that there is a world which is being run and a G‑d that runs it. Therefore, we imagine there is no room for free choice—since He calls all the shots.
But for Him there is no such dynamic. There is no cause because there is nothing to cause, no effect because there is only Him. Whatever happens is Him, and our free choice is also Him.
In our world, there is free choice. In His, there is only Him. You continue living in your world, and leave His up to Him.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

מתוך הסנה: ולא אילן אחר, משום עמו אנכי בצרה 
(תהילים צא טו)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Scrolling through FB messages in pursuit of the Sunday bazaar one and my heart dropped to my stomach instantaneously as my eyes fell upon the one from Russia.

Why heart dropping?
It should be heart lifting.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Daily Doses .. (to get me through "life")

Learning is not about acquiring knowledge and yet more knowledge. Learning is about making quantum leaps beyond your subjective self, about seeing things from higher and yet higher perspectives.

No matter how high a summit you may reach, there is always another peak above. But you can reach that higher peak only when you realize you are still in the valley.

The Talmud tells of Rabbi Zeira, who fasted one hundred fasts to forget all the Torah he had learned in Babylonia before going to study the Torah of the Land of Israel.
These daily doses are just uncannily spot on. True, Torah/Chassidus will be found applicable everywhere cuz that's just what truth does and is, but somehow they are extra precise when it comes to me :D.

Like this one that I got on Friday and discussed with Yocheved. Was a good lesson, reminder.
What will be in the next moment is not in this one now.
It does not yet exist.
It has yet to be created.
When its time comes, then it will be created by the Creator of all things,
out of nowhere, emerging from the void.
There is only one thing that exists at this moment: That in which you are engaged right now.
20 Shevat 5730 (1970)

That helped me to get over the stuff from the end of last week. It'll almost be a week, actually. Tuesday night, I think it was.

This one was more encouraging than disciplinary.
In life, you don’t get all the answers at once.
First you must absorb and live with one simple truth. Then, later, you must find another truth—one that may seem to conflict with and negate all you previously learned.
Then, from that confusion, emerges a higher truth—the inner light behind all you had learned before.
And then the major major one.  That I emailed CS about. Huge stuff. And hugely apropos.
Beyond Faith & Intellect
Kislev 29, 5774 · December 2, 2013

Intellect is inadequate because not all things can be explained. Intellect needs faith.
Faith is impotent because it remains forever obscure. Faith needs intellect.
But they are opposites, as contradictory as being and not being: Faith accepts; Intellect questions. Faith surrenders; Intellect struggles.
Miraculously, there is a power that can join them in harmony, and it is called wisdom: The capacity to see the truth as it is and the quietness to allow it entry without loss.

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Friday, December 06, 2013

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Massage Music Twinkling in My Ears

How fortunate I am to work in a calm, peaceful, healing environment.

The shocks and stresses, the dark and bitter and gloomy despair, can peek its head in but cannot stay.

And now, now I hear the flutes and birds even as I sit at home.

"טבע הטוב להיטיב"
G-d is good; hence, all He does is good.

And Chava'le needs no convincing :)

Monday, December 02, 2013

How terrifically apropos :D

והדעת הוא מלשון: והאדם ידע את חוה, והוא לשון התקשרות והתחברות
Daat, whose etymology may be found in the verse,6 “And Adam knew (ידע) Eve,” implies attachment and union.
שמקשר דעתו בקשר אמיץ וחזק מאד, ויתקע מחשבתו בחוזק, בגדולת אין סוף ברוך הוא, ואינו מסיח דעתו
(As applied to Daat of the divine soul, this means) binding one’s mind with a very firm, strong bond and firmly fixing one’s thought on the greatness of the blessed Ein Sof, without diverting his mind from it (i.e., the subject matter conceived in Chochmahand developed in Binah is absorbed in the mind by concentration, Daat.)
כי אף מי שהוא חכם ונבון בגדולת אין סוף ברוך הוא, הנה אם לא יקשר דעתו ויתקע מחשבתו בחוזק ובהתמדה
For even one who is wise (by utilizing his faculty of Chochmah) and understanding(by exercising his faculty of Binah) in the greatness of the blessed Ein Sof, yet, unless he applies his Daat and fixes his thought firmly and diligently on his understanding of G-d’s greatness,
לא יוליד בנפשו יראה ואהבה אמיתית, כי אם דמיונות שוא
he will not produce in his soul true fear and love, but only vain fancies.
He will only imagine that he fears G-d and loves Him. True fear and love are attained only by way of Daat.
ועל כן הדעת הוא קיום המדות וחיותן
Thus, Daat provides the substance and vitality of the middot (and is therefore termed a “mother” of the middot, another parent side by side with Chochmah and Binah).
והוא כולל חסד וגבורה, פירוש: אהבה וענפיה ויראה וענפיה
It comprises Chesed and Gevurah; that is to say, love with those other middot that are its offshoots, and fear with its offshoots.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

2 Most Valuable Lessons Ever

טראַכט גוט וועט זיין גוט and שמחה פורץ גדר are absolutely real and have saved me tremendously.

I must continue to hold onto these two thoughts, these two powerhouses of realities, as they have schlepped me up and carried me higher than imaginable.

Things WILL be good, in the WAY I perceive them as good and it will happen through my happiness! Amen!!

!יאללה, עכשיו אפשר לחגוג. לחיים