Daily Archives: May 10, 2012

How God Works

 

 

In a most revealing talk on how God works, the Rebbe teaches three stages to everything God does which encompasses both the macro and micro level.

 

Step one, God has a desire for something.

 

Step two, God actualizes his action steps which brings about his desire.

 

Step three, mission accomplished!

 

For example, God desired a home in your heart.

 

Step two, God created a world, particularly our generation which was convinced there was no God, hence there was no compelling reason to fear him, and democracy is our religion, hence man is free to choose any sort of behavior.

 

In this vacuum of meaning and in man’s subsequent search for truth, man discovers – as Abraham did – God, and hence his relationship is not one of servant to master but as lover.

 

Step three, mission accomplished.

 

This phase obviously took millions if not untold millions of steps, however, remember the micro is also planned by God.

 

What happens after man discovers God

 

Then a new system kicks in, this is in fact the system that souls constantly ascend through in heaven.

 

In Hebrew the verse calls it Yeilchu mechayil el chayil, you will rise step after step.

 

In other words as God is infinite, mans first honeymoon in his discovery that there is a loving father in heaven, like a young bride in the arms of her husband is in the big scheme of things a somewhat brief honeymoon phase.

 

As God is infinite hence man has INFINITE (forever) in constantly rediscovering God (as it states by Abraham that he constantly rediscovered God) and constantly growing in his personal growth, and these too take on three stages.

 

God has a particular point he wants man to, say, discover, or grow in.

 

Then God does something – perhaps meeting someone who shares a wisdom which is inspirational and hence is taken to heart –

 

Then wallah, stage three – a deeper bond or a new lesson has been learned.

Jews Believe in Moshiach

 

 

A Jew innately believes, hopes for, yearns for Moshiach!

 

It is part of our DNA.

 

Why?

 

The reason is because a Jew’s soul is Divine, and like a prince who left his father’s palace to wander the distant parts of the earth, particularly if he was cruelly captured and taken to some remote barbaric town, there is no greater yearning then to return.

 

I think few people really understand what it is behind our yearning for Moshiach.

 

The famous story is told of a hidden Tzaddik who comes to a village and stays by an innkeeper who was pious but unlearned.

 

As Tzaddikim do, in the middle of the night he recited Tikkun Chatzos (laments, to request that God rebuild the third Temple,) hearing the anguished cries of his esteemed visitor, the innkeeper asked him what was wrong. Sensing that this person didn’t understand what he was doing nor why, he began to explain to him in a language he could relate to “you know, how the Cossacks come and burn villages etc. etc.” “Oy” gasps the suddenly stricken innkeeper thinking about their terrible behavior. “Well a Moshiach is going to come and take us all to Israel.” Being pious, he excitedly runs to tell his wife.  He returns shortly thereafter to tell the Rabbi that his wife thinks it may be a better idea to take the Cossacks to Israel.

 

In other words, our true desire, of course is not for needs, rather it is similar to the Alter Rebbe writes, that a Jewish soul naturally wants to expires into  mystical union with God, though it would lose its independent identity (like a flame traveling into the sun, so it would only be sun there, not a flame) nonetheless, one cannot question an instinct.

 

So I think we have – like the prince banished from the king – an instinct to return – not to the physical necessity of a better world, particularly as most of us for the first time in our two thousand year exile have it actually very good in terms of lifestyle, freedom etc. etc. rather the point is, that we know of a different world – deep in our consciousness is a light which we yearn for, a world not defined by crass marketing or one-upmenship, rather a world of light.

Tonight I understood something of incredible profundity

 

 

You see we Jews don’t have the foggiest notion of who we are!

 

We are a light onto the nations!

 

All historians agree, that all of the goodness, “civilization,” the human rights, etc. etc. all came from the Jewish Bible carried in the breast of the Jewish people.

 

Now we could reasonably imagine that it is the book, not the people, who carried this message.

 

But even when the Romans had the Bible they did not change, rather they used it as a stick to kill, murder, non-believers with such barbarity to truly question if “thou shall not murder” was in their Bible.

 

In other words, as the famous saying “your actions speak so loudly, I can’t hear what you are saying,” it is not the Torah in the book, rather the Torah in the Jews behavior, that changed the world.

 

This is perhaps one of the reasons the Jews were sent into exile.

 

It also explains a truly perplexing statement of the Talmud:

 

The first two thousand years of the six thousand year cycle are creation, which is obvious for creation begins in year 0 (to the Jewish calendar.)

 

The next two thousand years are the years of Torah which is also obvious for that is when we find Abraham teaching or discovering a new way and the Torah is given and incubated in the Jewish hearts and behavior for the next two thousand years as the Jews reside and study in Israel.

 

And the last two thousand years are Moshiach.

 

Hold on! – the last two thousand years? when we were butchered, raped, pillaged, thrown from country to country with holocausts pogroms – that’s Moshiach?!

 

But if we understand Moshiach as the era in which the gentiles come to understand that murder is reprehensible, then actually it makes a lot of sense.

 

Yes, precisely due to our role modeling the ethics of God and precisely due to their murdering us and eventually realizing that their way is evil and our way is good, did they “convert” to the ethics which most of the western world holds dear today, the ethics given by God to the Jews.

 

 

We need to exit the game of trying to get fame for it is actually a game played by children for it is precisely when man feels low that he need to be high – a good example of this is women who are not even in the fame game rather the family one

The noise

 

 

Is it joyful, is it noise?

 

Is it a melody, is it ghetto blasting?

 

The Previous Rebbe teaches that it used to be simple, you were on the train or off the train, but as Moshiach nears the station suddenly theres a hundred million destinations.

 

No one in the modern world disagrees that it didn’t bring comfort rather confusion.

 

I was once a lecturer in university and I mentioned to a good friend of mine Dr. Kulic a wise psychologist, that it seemed to me, the girls seem a bit confused, sort of unsettled, and he replied – not that I am vouching for his statement, rather the concept behind it – they have too many options!

 

It used to be simple, get married, raise a family!

 

With so many options, life doesn’t get better, it gets worse!

 

So ask yourself, what would I like to exclusively dedicate my life to; instead of allowing every advertisement, every desire, every new apple product to hijack me.

Desires are like the pilot that navigates our plane towards the destination of its choosing, so know this, it is not you, rather your desires that cause you to think, speak and behave in the way you do, so your best bet is to choose your desires instead of just – like animals do – allow your instinctual fears and loves choose who you become