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Bitul and Emunah

by Reb Nati at Mystical Paths

In this time of Sefiras HaOmer, we have to start with emunah and reach the point of bitul. Unlike other mitzvot, each one has to count omer, we can't be included in someone else's count. We ourselves, and no one else, have to count and be included, meaning as an individual we must elevate ourselves, level by level, each day that we count, to rectify the defects that we have caused with our lack of faith. Lack of emunah itself is the shoresh of all sins.

Mikvah is essential to this process. Take a mikvah everyday during Sefiras HaOmer. We work to pass through these gates and obtain new levels of bitul, reaching hopefully toward total nullification and reception of the Torah of truth on vav Sivan. "We will do!!! "and then "we will hear"???. Remez!! (hint hint) Total commitment to emunah and thus achieving bitul.

Now know that it is impossible to come to bitul and closeness to Hashem without emunah, but without bitul it is impossible to come to emunah. In this lies the question, where to start? It's hard to subdue the ego and the yetzer harah to become bitul, so we must first have emunah, as our emunah increases, then we have to become more bitul, the more bitul we become the more emunah is increased, the more emunah we have the more we have to be bitul. We repeat this pattern striving towards the Ein Sof, and finish our tikun.

Hopefully in this life, in this goof.

Moadim L'Simcha, Reb Nati

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