Wednesday, February 14, 2007

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Chassidus and Kabbalah

Alex-X-Eli commented over at A Simple Jew...

The Lubavitcher Rabbi once explained in a sicha (religious talk) that the main purpose of chassidut is to bring 'yayina shel Torah', the secrets of Torah and its very deep understandings, from the knowledge of a happy few (at the time of Rashbi [Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, zt"l] and still at the time of the Holy Ari zal) to all the Jews. The Rabbi explains also that the Baal Shem Tov brought these levels of Torah to the simple people throught stories and mashalim (examples), and then the Maggid of Mezritch gave the intellectual explanations to those sharply minded. From Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady further on, those intellectual explanations of the 'sod' had been given to every Jew. Hence, according to not less than the Lubavitcher Rabbi, chassidut is davka not only 'pure and simple Emuna (faith)' but a mix of very strong Emuna along with very serious efforts to rationalize and to study the Torah at a level of Kabbalah...

(Used with permission from A Simple Jew.)

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