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.