Thursday, December 31, 2009


That Close?

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

I had the honor of sitting down for several hours with a chassidic rebbe today to discuss the path to the Geulah, breeches in the foundations of holiness of Am Yisroel, and learning the Zohar. He said something that was rather stunning...

Below is my memory of the rebbe speaking, paraphrased for brevity and according to my best understanding. Though written in the first person, condensing several hours into a few paragraphs means these are not exact quotes.

Years ago I was a bit of a rabble rouser. When I saw foundational aspects of yiddishkeit that were not in accordance with the Shulchan Aruch (such as systemic problems with shechita and sofrus), I raised these issues to the rebbe's, rosh yeshiva's and rabbaim. When I saw this often was not effective, and those with significant vested interest (meaning business and money) in the current methods pushed back hard to maintain the status quo, I got smart about bringing these issues to public attention directly, indirectly, as well as tricking communal institutions into creating solutions to the problem to hold up as examples (why are you doing it the wrong way when this organization has the right way available?)

I had the merit to raise some issues and get them in front of the (previous) Satmar Rebbe, who when he understood the halachic impact very strongly supported the issues and gave me brachot for success. I also had the merit to raise some issues to the Lubavitcher Rebbe. On these issues the Rebbe directly had his organizations take steps to fix these breeches in halacha and kedushat Yisroel.

These types of issues often took years to turn around, and one particular issue took 15 years. In one of my last communications with the Lubavitcher Rebbe, his response to my suggestions about repairing such a breech I just didn't understand. The Rebbe said, "There's no time. We must repair it by infusing kedushah." I simply had no clue what the Rebbe meant.

Now I do. We are so close to the Geulah that there is no time to work through long solutions to breeches in the foundations of Torah and Yiddishkeit. We must protect Am Yisroel and ourselves from the chevlei Moshiach (the birthpangs of Moshiach) by directly infusing the most potent kedusah immediately.


  1. directly infusing the most potent kedusah immediately.

    What does that mean?

  2. interesting Akiva. I thought I was the only pain in the butt. Have a great day.

  3. That means, when a chayil walks over to Reb Gutman and want to put on Tefillin (even if it is nighttime), we do it!!

  4. At least you have a people, foundations and an infrastructure to infuse.

    I'm just saying.... It must be nice to have something worthy of your concern - not to mention your time and efforts. It could be much worse. You could be surrounded by people and problems and yet be totally alone and lack the means and wherewithal to help yourself - to say nothing of others.

    Worse! You could be a non-Jew amongst non-Jews. At least you have a nefesh elokis.

  5. Many confused , many unlearnt , many fully assimilated , many joined with edom and amalak , many in foreign waters and the rabbis tell me about some halacha ! Kahane Tzedek not these small minded idiots who got us in troubles in the first place with esau and later the founder of xtianity . The torah hasnt cured them how can it cure us ??The redemption will occur because of the study of kabbalism and no other reason !!!!!!!!!!!! Direct from the Gaon of vilna . Woe to those who had the ability to learn this wisdom before Hashem reveals the 2 mashiachs and didnt !!!!!!!! This is referring to most of the rabbis and there diciples of this generation !!!!!!They destroy the worlds and leave am yisrael without the ability to water the tree in the midst of the gan , Quote from Yaakov Abuchatzeira . Thank you Blessed God that Im not a rabbi

  6. Neshama...


    This I understand. ;-)
    Thank you.

  7. Akiva: I encourage you to write more about your conversations with this rebbe. I interested to hear more and also about particularly what breaches in kedusha he was concerned with.


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