It occurred to me last night – as the Rambam says, most wisdom comes at night – that the best definition of our lives – mine included – is asking ourselves, what is sacred to me?
Many people don’t realize the necessity of Chassidus Chassidus is not a luxury Chassidus is the revelation of the mechanism by which a Jew can fulfill his potential Only one who seeks not truth, nor to change the world nor himself, can afford to ignore the Chassidus God shared to the world Why is this the case? Cannot the argument be made – for thousands of years we Jews survived quite well without Chassidus? Do we truly need to develop our spiritual abilities? On the contrary, when there is such darkness, shouldn’t we just consolidate normative Orthodox Judaism – shouldn’t we in fact ignore Chassidus for the bread and butter of Torah? But the opposite is true – and as empirically proven. It is not when you are healthy that you need medicine to strengthen yourself, but precisely when you are unhealthy! Do you eat when you are satisfied or when you are hungry? Chassidus is specifically the dose of inspiration that Jews need, not to become great Tzaddikim (as is abundantly clear from our generation) rather just to keep the bread and butter!
You know we often think that we can delay making a plan, but as one man told me, if you fail to plan you plan to fail
Many people believe today in a personal God Perhaps ironically, Religious Jews have the greatest difficulty with this, though of course Judaism started by, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, was only about a personal God, in fact they sort of created the idea, as it simply didn’t exist beforehand. Now the reason religious Jews in particular have a problem with this is because of a mass personal experience which unfortunately is seen as a mass impersonal experience. Aka, Mount Sinai. I am God the Lord who took you out of Egypt Now though our sages teach us that this message, this voice was heard – individually – by each person, to the extent that every person individually said, “God is speaking to me” nonetheless, as we look back historically, we assume that it was a mass revelation, like everyone watching a movie, not a personal experience. But the greatness of an infinite God – as the Rebbe uses the example of a super computer which many individual computers network to – is that the same God, even the very same revelation is personalized.
If I were God I would understand reality Reality seems so weird What can the purpose behind it be, like Einstein said, “All I want to know are the thoughts of the Creator all of the details (e.g. the amazing universe he understood) are meaningless” (at least that is what he was saying, even if my memory of the quote is wrong.) In other words, Einstein, who had a great mind could perceive as no other of the incredible complexity of nature which only the greatest mind could have created, hence the truth is the details are less important, as the goal, the purpose, raison d’être, of this whole mess. And in understanding the purpose, one then has an ability to unify the details, to bring the disunity into harmony, the many parts into a symphonic whole. So the purpose as Chassidus Jewish mysticism, coming straight from God teaches, is very very simple, yet all encompassing at the same time. All of us have a major handicap in our thinking – i.e. we can only compare to what we know. As such, the top of human limitation of course, is working with the matter we have, to create say a new computer etc. None of us can imagine something and then it will come to pass. But God can – the proof is, he did. Now if your imagination can create reality and imagination is infinite, hence reality is infinite, for God as the Rebbe teaches us, will continuously imagine higher realms of existence (consciousness) for us to engage in.
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