Monday, June 08, 2009

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The Truth and the True Tzadik - Part 2

by Rabbi Nati at Mystical Paths

(continued from Part 1, here) May the merit of this Torah be a merit for a refuah shalayma to HaRav Natanel Levi ben Chana Sorah.

The elevation of Emunah (faith) is wondrous thing, something which the intellect finds difficult to grasp. How is it possible to elevate and enhance faith by means of some suggestion or counsel when the person lacking faith has no faith in the efficacy of the very piece of advice?

'Why should I take your word for it?'

Don't take my word. How about the Sages of old? We are told that taking a vow is beneficial for rectifying one's emunahs chochamim 'faith in the Sages'. "To make a vow and immediately fulfilling it is a segula for faith in the Sages". However, the person whose emunahs chochamim has fallen will certainly not be helped by this advice.

Because he does not believe in it, he won't do it. So how is it ever possible to elevate faith once it has fallen? For although there are a number of ways through which the broken pieces of faith can be restored and made whole again, including learning halakhah or speaking words of faith to one another, they will be of no help for the person who does not believe in them.

The Jewish people are a Holy Nation, believers descendants of believers, who's spiritual root is Emunah. Thus, even if a Jew should fall from faith, Hashem forbid, there still remains within him some modicum of that root. This remaining point may be small and minute, therefore considered broken, but it exists nonetheless. Testimony to its existence is given by the very fact that his fall from faith pains him. Were it not so, this would be a sure sign that even a small point of faith did not exist. But in his heart of hearts every Jew has at least a vague appreciation of the holiness in Jewish Faith; this is the "NIKUDA TOVAH" - That Hashem is One, an ancient Ruler and Overseer; and that He has great, awesome tzaddikim who recognize Him, even if we do not. And it is these very tzaddikim upon whom we must rely.


miriam said...

What's the good word on Rabbi Nati?

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