Friday, June 19, 2009

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Emunah and Torah

by Reb Nati at Mystical Paths

Parsha Korach the fifth aliyah - B'midbar 17:16-24: On the very heels of this unprecedented miracle of the ground opening up and swallowing all the rebels, we were still complaining. It boggles the mind. Aharon's staff hds blossomed, proof he was was the chosen one, but we were still crying.

You have to ask yourself, where is faith? We see that faith has no connection to miracles! We still wanted to experience Hashem only the way we were comfortable with. We could not understand that it was due to our blemished faith that we were forced to travel in the wilderness and all the difficulties and hardships were rectifications for our idolatry. All 'atzuf' sadness and worry is a result of us operating under b'chirah free will. As soon as we let the slime of the primordial snake that surrounds our hypothalamus gain sway, i.e. the 'Ego' - the little god, we are committing 'avodah zorah'. Why? We have pushed total and complete belief and reliance on Hashem off the throne and placed this little g-d there instead.

You might say that's harsh... 'You shall have no other g-ds before Me!' The snake comes along and convinces us to use our blemished intellect and as soon as we pause to think about it, bam, he pushes us against the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and we're done! We lose the tree of life which is pure Emunah.


aaron.nanach said...


4th night of Chanka, to the people who involved with the needs of the community with emuna (faith) Shmuel David may he live, Yehuda Leib may he live.

Peace and blessing, it was pleasant for me to hear about the upcoming meeting to discuss the practical help, for the centre of education

...obligation and merit for each individual to participate in this service, to strengthen and expand the service of these 3 institutions. And certainly they will publicize the contents of my letter amongst the participants in the gathering as they have merited to take a portion of the Previous Rebbe zy'a and so too in every place where there will be a benfit.

And behold I am hoping to hear soon about practical actions, of this gathering, and about the good fruits that will come from a good planting, and its growing in the future, and certainly he will also let me know all the names of the participants.

With blessing, Menachem Schneerson

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