Chassidus believes many things, many of them fundamentally shifting the center of gravity, none more so perhaps than dirah bitachtoinim, but let’s begin in a logical fashion What is our modern – or even ancient Roman / Greek – perspective of life? We see life as a COMPETITION More is most! Less is least! What is the ancient Jewish perspective? We see life as an obligation: 613 commandments and their tens of thousands of subdivisions. What did the Baal Shem Tov and all of our holy Rebbes teach us? Life is an opportunity not to be wasted! It was the intent of the infinite One to create a finite world and place souls – literally part of himself – in order to exchange the crassness of the gentile perspective of life with the Jewish perspective In the Jewish perspective we don’t see winners or losers. Rather we see many individuals playing a symphonic melody. When each of us lifts ourselves beyond the “competition perspective” to the opportunity to change the world perspective – obviously through the obligation to fulfill God’s will perspective, included within the opportunity perspective – then we shall achieve world peace, for peace is based on love and love is based on identification and identification is based on seeing common purpose.
The living Torah is a title of a translation of the Chumash (five books of Moses) by Aryeh Kaplan OB”M The concept of a living Torah has two possible connotations, that an ancient wisdom has modern relevance, or that the wisdom that was begun long ago continues to be refreshed, reenergized and re-given currently! Which of the two is true? Nu? So what do you think? Obviously, if you are a religious Jew you will probably think the first. But the truth is that the Torah was given in such a way that it is designed for “An Alert Student To Extrapolate New Insights.” As God is infinite, so to is his Torah, hence the Torah is not an ancient wisdom that has modern relevance, rather the structure of Torah is such, that every Jew, particularly An Alert Student, and how much infinitely more so, the Rebbe of our times, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, must find “his section corresponding to his soul’s root” in Torah, and in this, he can bring forth messages “included in the Torah given to Moses” for the entire Jewish people.