According to Jewish law for something to be kosher (on most foods) a Jew must light the fire!
Well observing as I am, now in a cheese making factory, that the Jew must add the rennet – the part that transforms the milk into cheese it occurred to me that the fire is the transformative process.
Our sages: “accept wisdom from gentiles but not Torah” in other words, if Aristotle wants to teach you a sum, learn from him, but if he desires to teach you the sum total of the meaning of life, run far away.
For anything that has a transformative power, the ability to lead you in a direction must be completely perfect.
It is for this reason, the Rebbe was very concerned with the moral education of the world.
For it makes scarcely a difference how many equations a child knows – especially today with calculators etc.
But if a child is aware that there is a God that cares about morality, to whom he is privileged and obligated to serve, well that’s the difference between a world which has morality or one that doesn’t.
We all know God gave us instructions for life.
Is he aware of life?
When we think about the state of the universe, we need to realize that the universe is not in a state!
The universe is run – scientifically proven – so concisely that intelligent design did not happen many years ago but every facet of every thought, speech, action, by any person animal etc. etc. is all intelligently designed.
They say the best proof there is no intelligent life out there – sorry, the best proof there IS intelligent life out there is – they NEVER CONTACTED US!
Many of us have a very pessimistic outlook about how things “look.’’
In everything God made, there are two realties, the inner and outer.
Now it is true when we look at the outer spiritual affairs of man, the prognosis is perhaps STAT.
However the real change that occurs in man is not how he dresses, talks, or even how religiously he acts, rather what does he believe?
For, man’s relationship in God, to God and for God, to be genuine, it cannot be a conscript army, for anything a person is conscripted into, feels well conscripted.
Rather a true army is a volunteer army, where people sign up because they believe in the cause.
The Rebbe teaches, in the most amazing, highest but most understandable talks of the last years of his talks – a beautiful teaching that has practical relevance, on this week’s Parshah.
“In the end you will listen to my commandments – and God promises rewards.”
The word end also means heal.
On one hand we are like the lowest generation, on the other hand, we are at the end of exile!
This Shabbos we bless and welcome in the new month of Elul starting next week.
So the Rebbe teaches us that there r three basic things one must contemplate, relating to the previous years Avodah (man’s service / mission in life to God)
A. God wants it to be our service (so I am paraphrasing now) the key thing is to think, not how much did I accomplish? but how much effort did I put into accomplishing my mission / service in life?!
B. As God is infinite, he can guide man, hence the next question is, to what extent (again paraphrasing) did I allow God (e.g. through a Mashpia etc.) to Guide my direction?
C. As God is truly infinite, he and you can unite.
To what extent has God worked through me?!
Life consists of three dimensions.
You, the sun, and the light/warmth of the sun.
Without you – well you wouldn’t feel nor see the light warmth of/and the sun.
But the goal of course is not that the sun and you should remain separate beings!
Rather for you to imbibe the light and warmth of the sun!
A funny thing happened to me today.
Recently here in Africa it has been freezing cold and as we believe in old fashioned business, I mean building codes, therefore all the homes are made of bricks, which act as refrigeration units for a few months (cause it doesn’t reeeaaaly get cold in Africa.)
So needing some warmth, I went out into the sun but I noticed something remarkable.
While I was facing the sun it got warm, but though the distance (particularly relative to the 98,000,000 miles it traveled ) from one side (namely toward and away from the sun) is minute, it terms of temperature it made a world of a difference.
The same is true in life!
There is you!
There is the Rebbe of the generation, the source of God’s energy for his generation!
You will be able to stand in the universe irradiated by his light but whether you are listening, imbibing, feeling his light, or ignoring it, will be the difference between vibrancy or not.
Who are we?
How do people define themselves?
At the core of our self definition is differences!
Male / female, Jew / Christian!
But all of these are exterior differences!
At the heart of reality lies a single truth we are all souls – and our external differences is only like many people working in a Coca-Cola factory – the ultimate goal is to produce a beverage, but though our uniformity is in our essential goal, by necessity for a beverage such as coke to be produced, many many different jobs need to be executed – similarly, for our world to become the spiritual haven it is and will turn into!, every person and every mode of expression is necessary!