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.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
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