There is no denying the truth – firstly there are probably infinite truths (every level has its own truth, ever soul its own etc.) however, as it relates to us, there are really only three things – the first is that the structure of a person is as follows – we are like a three story building – but every building has a foundation – at the human level, the foundation which is invisible (as the Baal Shem Tov explains) is our ego – our ego is the core of not only our identity, but the very sense of self (which considering that before we develop our identity, scarcely a year before, we were not in any way shape or form in this planet, it is a remarkable feat!) hence it is obvious that not only do we have this crazy notion that we exist (which is amazing! for as we have blogged the line “I think therefore I am,” but who is the am that is thinking?? hence there is an independent conscious “awareness” of ITSELF! – now where did that come from?!) However the point is we also have a self-love – this self-love (which its contrast can be seen in depression, which often leads to suicide) so this self-love is what causes us to want to exist! – but not only to want to exist, what it does, it associates all of our desires, and eventually thoughts/ideas, with self – So now, not only do I wish to exist, but as I imagine MY DESIRE IS ME, hence to GET MY WAY is not so much an issue, if this thing is in my interest… but THE VERY FACT THAT I DESIRE IT MAKES ME WANT TO GET IT (as I associate my desire with me, hence with MY EXISTENCE!) until we can break free… – until when we are not one person, but three: we are actually at our core (as all is and must be) God-Himself, and the desire of God is only LOVE (identification, hence sensitive compassion) this is why as children, when our ego is low, our sensitivity is high – secondly, we are what is called an animal-soul, this soul has in it many desires – most selfish, though some compassionate – for example, within the animal soul there are four elements – air- fire – water – earth – air represents our innate desire for fun (“airhead”) fire represents our innate desire for supremacy (or in democratic societies, recognition) earth represents our tendency to get lazy or sad, and water represents our obvious addiction to pleasure (drugs or anything that gives us a high) conversely the animal soul obviously fears pain; now finally, what is unique in us humans and perhaps the true purpose of creation, is an independent mind (whereas often some animals are actually very smart, their brain is like a computer, used solely by their emotions governed by their instinct – so the animal must have a. an ego, b. a brain (otherwise it couldn’t say, hunt etc.) and c. instincts ) however a human has a unique intellectual soul – this soul is what makes us seek truth
The Rebbe teaches that we are both a body and soul However our soul has two parts – those things we really really really want and we run after getting them and those things that we feel that even though we want it, it wouldn’t matter so much even if we don’t get it. The challenge of life is to understand which desires should we really really reallly want – like really really really wanting to listen to Hashem, for every time we do, we bring Moshiach closer!! and which of our desires really won’t make that much of a difference if we don’t, for example, if we didn’t get an extra candy, or play a game, or watch anything.
Today as all days in the year is a combination of two numbers, the weekday and the month date. Today is the seventh day of the week and the tenth day of the month. The days of the week represent the perfection of God, however the days of the month ( which is established through the Jewish people) represent the Addition, that we perfect; to the completely new heaven and earth in the messianic age. There are three dimensions, the natural order, the supernatural order, and how they merge. The Mitzvah of Parah Aduma includes the whole Torah as its ashes had to be mixed in water – now fire symbolizes the Jews desire to elevate, while water symbolizes our need to quench this desire to fulfill our Divine earthly mandate to spread the light. The ultimate is not when these two elements are separate, rather as I seek to ascend, I am conscious that the purpose is to take whatever will receive to spread it; and as I am spreading light, I simultaneously seek to go higher. There are two mechanism in the service of God – those things that are standard such as prayer, Mitzvos etc. and those things which inherently being unlimited we must continuously increase – for example charity etc.
All of us have within us the soul of Abraham hence as God tested him he tests us.. Avrohom opened the spiritual service of Mesiras Nefesh self- sacrifice. To withstand tests this takes mesirus nefesh. Mesirus nefeh is cuased through our bittul self-nullification. In general all of Torah and Mitzvos must be based on mesirus nefesh. The main thing is to have Mesirus Nefesh, complete humble dedication to God ( as though this is the only normalcy.) It is specifically the concealing challenges to act based on faith, that reveal our soul/God. This is like Avrohom that he realized the world working its many parts in tandem, must have a Creator and then the Creator revealed himself which refers to the level of Yechidah, the spark of Creator that becomes our soul. Furthermore he revealed to everyone this high perception. Avrohom taught the world, that it is not only that this world has a creator, but that creation and creator are a single entity – Ein Oid Milvadoi. Furthermore, unlike Rabbi Akiva who craved to give his life to God, for Avrohom whose self-sacrifice – seeing himself relative to God as dust and ashes, hence all he did including risking his life was simply natural – when one achieves this level, not only are they humble but it carries with total strength, as we see that Avrohom managed to inspire the entire world – whom were pagans. Generally there are two services, birurim/elevating and nisyoinois / concealing challenges. In the former such as with food we are engendered to elevate the food through saying a blessing and realizing its sublime Divine source ( as all matter) hence the challenge is in the perception of the object. However in Nisyoinois the challenge lies in the rejection of the perception. Now when Read more…