Monday, February 26, 2007

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Deep Thoughts

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

Some important lessons from HaYom Yom, from Day to Day...

My father said: Coldness and heresy are separated by so slender a barrier!

It is said, "For the Eternal your G-d is a consuming fire."

G-dliness is a flame of fire. Learning Torah and Davening must be with a blazing heart, that "all my bones may utter" the words of G-d in Torah and prayer.

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Our Holy forebears, the Rebbe'im through the generations, appealed to G-d and evoked Divine compassion toward their Chassidim, those bound to them.

This was not all; they also had an Avoda of bringing their Chassidim to mind, inwardly, pondering their affection and attachment to the Rebbe, reciprocating that affection and attachment.

Bringing someone to mind has the effect of arousing that person's innermost powers. We see that when one looks deeply and intently at another he will turn around and return the glance, because the penetrating gaze awakens the core of the soul. Thought has the same effect.

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"The people saw and moved."

Simply perceiving G-dhood caused the people to move, a movement showing vitality, life.

If you only knew - The Tzemach Tzedek said - the power of verses of Tehillim and their effect in the highest Heavens, you would recite them constantly. Know that the chapters of Tehillim shatter all barriers, they ascend higher and still higher with no interference; they prostrate themselves in supplication before the Master of all worlds, and they effect and accomplish with kindness and compassion.

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