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.
Friday, June 19, 2009
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