Thursday, November 29, 2007

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Yud Tes Kislev

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

Tonight is Yud Tes Kislev. This date is a special date for Chabad chassidim, though not only for Chabad. On this day was the hilhula (the passing and elevation) of the Magid of Mezerich, HaRav DovBer, who began to systematize the great flow of light that entered the world from the Baal Shem Tov.

It was also the date of the liberation of the Baal HaTanya, the first Lubavitcher Rebbe, HaRav Shneur Zalman of Liadi. The Baal HaTanya took the great system of chassidus and codified it into the foundational works of chassidus, Likutei Aramim - The Book of the Intermediates, aka The Tanya, as well as Likutei Torah/Torah Or, which bring down the light of chassidus at a deep but understandable level for every parsha (Torah portion).

The Baal HaTanya was arrested specifically for diseminating the works of chassidus, and his liberation is considered the liberation of this light for all of Klal Yisroel.

So here is a word of Tanya, from Chapter 39, l'chovod Yud Tes Kislev and the Baal HaTanya, the Alter Rebbe of Lubavitch...

...we do not concern ourselves with esoteric matters, which are (related to) the great tzaddikim, who are in the category of "vehicle" (acting as a chariot to the Divine will). Our concern is with matters that are "revealed to us", to which every man should aspire: TO know with certainty the essence and quality of Divine Service, with a conscious fear and love in one's heart, stemming from understanding and knowledge of the greatness of the blessed Ein Sof (the Infinite)...and of service with the natural fear and love in the mind... But a service without the inspiration of fear and love even in the mind...remains below, in the world of "separateness"...having no power to rise and be absorbed in His blessed Unity...

Such are the words and instructions of the Alter Rebbe to those who aspire to reach the level of the Intermediate Man.

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