Daily Archives: August 7, 2017

The cosmic algorithm – once upon a time a programmer decided to write code – and so through code he fashioned a universe and in this universe he made four kingdoms, the non-living, the vegetative, the animal (moving life) and the speakers (And occasionally thinkers) – but of-course, if you write a code there must be a prime-cause – he wrote this code because he loved his creations – however as it is in the nature of love to well love, and as love is the desire to give, hence he decided that his algorithm would have two stages – the first is the per-messianic – in this stage, he would choose one tribe and give them a set of Divine laws – when they follow these laws, they would connect the programmer to the program – and now after thousands of years of following these laws, hence connecting the source code with the code – a new type of algorithm in which every seeker shall find, and every find shall lead to a greater….

What’s so amazing about today which is perhaps the most amazing day! – you see, our sages taught that in ancient Israel there were no more joyous festival than the fifteenth of Av and Yom Kippur – this shows a correlation – Yom Kippur as we know is significant in that it represents the revelation of the Divine – not the Divine without, but within – this is why we dress like angels, we don’t eat, we don’t engage in marital relations, we are all day in Synagogue – but this world was not created for angels – in fact, on this day in ancient Israel, the Jewish daughters would all dress in white and mystically and in a sublime holiness they would dance in the fields and encourage the Jewish men – themselves on the most elevated plane, to choose a wife – in this we find the true Divine intent – for as the Rebbe says, the point is not to have moments of inspiration – rather, when the sun and the moon, when light and body, when soul and matter, forever symbiotically merge

Meditations and Advice From the Baal Shem Tov, Installment 6

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Once the Baal Shem Tov took his disciples to a far-flung town – in this town lived a skinner (of carcasses) who was very devout and would constantly say Tehilim – and there also lived a sacred hermit, who would study Torah non-stop, and removed himself from all worldly affairs.

The Baal Shem Tov took his student to the home of the skinner and asked his students to place their hands on one another’s shoulders and then he closed the circle and they were astounded to see the heaven in store for him – then they went to the house of the hermit who had amazing mental abilities and would be able to teach anyone anything, in fact, he would often say “this I heard from Elijah the prophet” and once again they formed a closed loop and they saw snakes and scorpions (the result of his arrogance.)

 

Explained the Baal Shem Tov, though it says, if one fasts for thirty days they will merit to see Elijah, nonetheless they will not merit to see their own soul.

 

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Abraham was generous with his money, his body and his soul.

 

With his money – for he would feed all visitors.

 

With his body – for he would personally serve.

 

With his soul – for as it states in Sefer Yetzirah, that Abraham was an extraordinary genius in researching Divine wisdom, and certainly every moment of time was extraordinarily precious to him; nonetheless he was generous to set this aside to teach people whom were completely not on his level, for the greatness of kindness is to set oneself aside.

 

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In the city of the Baal Shem Tov – Mezhibush – there was once a heavenly evil decree and many became very ill, some critically – and everyone came crying to the Baal Shem Tov – he told them:

 

We say in the prayers of Shemoinah Esrie “may the service of the Jewish people always be pleasing to you.”

 

The explanation is:

 

Whenever Jews do Divine service, they create the desire (the same etymology of pleasing) to minimize negative decrees – and what is this service? – this is the letters of the Torah and this occurs in two ways – saying the letters of the Torah and the book of Tehhilim; and the writing of a Torah that all participate in.

 

Everyone decided to participate, and immediately the Baal Shem Tov had his scribe Reb Tzvi write the first two columns, and miraculously everyone got better.

 

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We say in the grace after meals:

 

“We are grateful for all that comes from your full open holy outstretched hand.”

 

In the Baal Shem Tov’s siddur it was written instead of holy (hakedusha) overflowing (hagedushah.)

 

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The Baal Shem Tov explains: how does one escape poverty? through creating a shift in thinking, in emotions, and even by simply dancing.

 

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When one studies Torah without heartfelt love for and awe of God, the Torah remains trapped (for all good deeds are taken by angels to God, however if the motive was simply habit or worse selfishness it is trapped below.)

 

In the times of the Baal Shem; once for many years all the Mitzvos the Jews did, did not elevate until one complete Tzaddik seeing an “eis-ratzoin” (heavenly good-mood, hence window of opportunity) caused it all to elevate.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said, the love of one’s fellow is the first doorway to God.

 

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One must have self-sacrifice (the readiness to give all! even to the point of giving one’s life) for every single fellow Jew (even one you never met.)

 

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The Baal Shem Tov would frequently say, loving God is to love the Jew, for when one loves the father, naturally he loves his son.

 

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There are two motives to love a fellow Jew: 1. Because he is; 2. because he is great – the first is reality, the second is a title.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said, the love between Jews must be a brotherly love, for just as such love is boundless, similarly, one must contain an unconditional-love.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said, just as one loves a holy Sefer Torah with a deep inner love, so too must one love a fellow Jew – and this is most dear to God (who is everyone’s father, as we see empirically.)

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said, generally there are two categories of Jews: there are the pious unlearned, and the pious learned.

 

We must love both:

 

For the pious unlearned,   apart from the fact we must feel sorry (that they lack Divine knowledge) nonetheless, they have such beautiful hearts, filled with moral convictions.

 

And the scholar, apart from their quality, we know, that it states, “whoever is great has an equally great Yetzer Hara,” so seeing that their Yetzer Hara is so strong, and nonetheless they are pious – how can we not love them?!

 

 

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We must love the simplest Jew like the greatest, the reason is because he is a Jew! as it states, we all have a single father, “You are children to God”, and it states “God says, I love you.”

 

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We must love a Jew simply because he is; the difference between a scholar and unlearned is only in information, but regarding the soul, all are equal.

 

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One must teach every Jew, even those completely distant, for every Jew’s soul has come to transform himself into God’s vessel/vehicle.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said, “I love the pious simple Jew – he contains the deepest moral treasures.”

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said to his Holy disciples, that through sacrificing oneself for a fellow Jew, we reveal the Divine.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov in his year of being a hidden Tzaddik would travel to different cities and towns and there gather the men women and children, and tell them stories with lessons from Ein Yaakov.

 

In one town he told them about Reb Yaakov, who was a great genius and would study the Talmud by heart – however when one studies by-heart, one must be more focused – however his son came by and said something witty – so he stopped and really appreciated his son’s wisdom.

 

Similarly, says the Baal Shem Tov, when God asked the angels if he should make man, the angels were none-too impressed.

 

However when a Jew goes to synagogue to pray and listens to the class, and takes something from it, then God gathers all the angels and says to them – “You angels have no financial worries, however this person quite correctly has a wife and children – which I demanded of him – furthermore he must support them, pay his taxes etc. yet he finds the time to go learn and derives lessons in his life!!!” –“So,” said the Baal Shem Tov, “when you meditate, cogitate, analyze, the fact, that it is the Jews that God brags about!…” (this will arouse great love.)

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said that when a friend blesses another, this is received by God far more impressively, then even the great advocate of the Jews in heaven, the angel Michoel.

 

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It is known, the Baal Shem Tov’s teaching that when we judge another, we are judged.

 

Hence when something bad happens to another and instead of feeling their suffering and pain we believe that due to their sins they deserve it, this comes against us.

 

Similarly when we do feel their pain – and we ask God to help, we receive a blessing.

 

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In one of the Baal Shem Tov’s holy talks he said – “Behold I testify by heaven and earth, that in a serious judgment in the heavenly court, on a person who passed on – Now this person was quite unlearned (he could only say his prayers and the Tehhilim) but he was extraordinarily loving – in his thoughts he would always think about others.

 

In his speech he would speak with love, and in his deeds he did whatever he could to help everyone! – he would feel the pain of every Jew, whether man or woman, and he rejoiced in their joys! – the heavenly court decided that he would have a portion in heaven by the great Tzaddikim and scholars upon whom our sages correctly say, are “lovers of God.”

 

The Baal Shem Tov continued; when a Jew sighs over the pain of a fellow, this annuls all the negative decrees; and when we rejoice in the blessings of a fellow, and wish him well, this is as precious to God as the prayer of Rabbi Yishmoel, The High Priest, in The Holy Of Holies.

 

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If you hear something negative from someone about someone, you should have great sadness, for either the person who is speaking is negative, or the person who is being spoken of.

 

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If one is dealing with a Torah scholar who suffers from arrogance, one should have so much love for him, to the extent that he begins to see his own shame.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said, there was once a war between two countries that lasted seven years, in order that the marching tunes of the army should be sung (hence elevated) by a certain Tzaddik (who used this song in his service of God.)

 

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Based on the Baal Shem Tov’s teaching, we truly understand that as God is the source of all existence – a source which continuously renews (as both logic and science has proven, for we can now witness, that atoms continually are popping in and out of existence, for anything that has no inherent existence – in other words, was created, must by necessity have a continuous force (like if you wish for a ball to fly forever) applied to it.) This would then mean, that relative to the creative force, the creation (like an image on a screen) has absolutely no true existence.

 

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When a Jew wishes to eat, this is in truth the soul longing for her source (Ed. The way I understand this, is as the Baal Shem Tov says elsewhere, that within food is “God” – it’s Divine soul, hence we seek this source – though we are not conscious.)

 

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The number Elef Alafin (starting with an alef – in English “tens of thousands”) begins with the essential oneness of God, hinted to in the tiny top of the alef, which then transmigrates into tens of thousands.

 

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In every generation there is a Tzaddik; for the world cannot exist without a Tzaddik, as the Tzaddik is the foundation of the world – however if the generation is meritorious, their Tzaddik is revealed to them, however if not, he is not known.

 

However it is also wondrous… that we see that someone who has no merits, nor sins; and we cannot say he has merited, for example, a 13 year old boy… why does he merit to recognize the truth?   and he has faith in Tzaddikim? – this certainly is not based on his merit.

 

The reason is because this depends on one’s source soul – for currently we are reincarnations – if the source was pure through its many incarnations, then he merits that he can tell (who the Tzaddik is) and those sources that lack purity, therefore their Tzaddik is unknown to them and even if they do know of him, they lack belief (in his greatness, and think it’s all natural).

 

Therefore we who do know the truth and have faith in Tzaddikim, this is not because we are so great, for as mentioned, this is based on our source, therefore we are no better than those who don’t know the truth, and in fact are opposers (to the Tzaddik). In fact… could be, they have more Godliness, because they do much more Mitzvos and good deeds.

 

Therefore we mustn’t feel separated from them, rather we must unify.

 

I heard this causes a great heavenly negative… but rather, we must believe that they too have merits and this is called sweetening the secret (dinim) in its source.

 

And then there will be no source of anger/justice, and it will instead be mercy.

 

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The simple sincerity in the heart of the average Jew is a pure reflection of God.

 

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The simple sincere service of God in the faith based fulfillment of God’s Torah and Mitzvos that the pious unlearned Jews do, this is a vessel which draws within it, the pure simplicity (for as we know God is uncomplicated simple truth) of God.

 

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It is well known the holy saying which the Alter Rebbe said in the name of the Holy Baal Shem Tov, that the sincere simple Jew’s keeping of Torah and Mitzvos due to his belief in God, is the vessel that touches God and creates a tremendous heavenly joy.

 

The simple essence of God comes into such people.

 

Note 324: The Baal Shem Tov said, that with the power of sincere simple faith by anyone, one can split the sea.

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The most unlearned regular Jew has innate qualities as the greatest.

 

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In truth, the greatest Jew must learn from the humblest – for that is the only real true quality.

 

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When The Ark is open and an unlettered (unlearned) pious simple Jew makes a request, God will fulfill it (at least partially.)

 

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The Baal Shem Tov says, even the simplest unlearned Jew can and must become a servant of God.

 

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A Jew who denies the continued renewal of Divine energy (as we know, the Baal Shem Tov taught that every moment – amazingly scientifically proven! – God renews all of creation  – so not, that one doesn’t know, but chooses to ignore the facts) he is hopeless; for even a gentile who worships an idol doesn’t deny God, rather as he is in the serpents skin (a euphemism for the body) he considers the natural forces, say the sun, to have power (yet when Moshiach comes, as the verse states “all gentiles will come to God” – for those who seek truth will find.)

 

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The reason Jews were spread to the four corners of the earth or occasionally a Jewish businessman travels to some far-flung location is, though a Jew may not even be consciously aware, the deep Divinity within – purifies that location.

 

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As the prayers we say here get mixed into the general thoughtless atmosphere (in other words, all the things we think and say become part of that land’s atmosphere – if the people are coarse, this becomes like a negative layer) and hence can remain below.)

 

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The Baal Shem Tov gives an example – imagine how minute is a single thought you have relative to your soul; your soul is the source of your emotions which then becomes the source of your thoughts – as God, hence your soul (for so he wished) is eternal! one thought, relative to infinity is nothing! – now you understand how relative to God, all of creation…. which is merely a single Divine ray.

 

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Imagine how dear, precious, beloved, to the extent of giving their entire fortune, time, soul, would be, a child born to parents who tried for twenty years every therapy, but couldn’t conceive : ( and then miraculously when they were fifty, they had a baby! : ) – so, but so much more! are you loved.

 

 

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Our heavenly father communicates in many ways, sometimes he communicates like a father does to his clever child with a wink (in other words, a hint; and as the Previous Rebbe says, what occurs politically, particularly as it pertains to the Jews, one with insight, understands.)

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said: A Jewish heart is alive! (The essence of every Jew – despite silly anger or lusts – is our Godly compassion, as our sages teach, the hallmark/trademark of a Jew is goodness and kindness.)

 

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The Baal Shem Tov once said, on the second night of Rosh Hashanah: God takes incredible pleasure in the praise we simple Jews praise him… to the extent that the greatest infinitely wise angels, have no comprehension (cannot comprehend.)

 

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A Jew is never lonely, wherever he goes, there goes (with him) God.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said, if an angel were to perceive The Divine radiance which hovers over any group of ten Jews – even if they do not engage in anything holy – the awe and love it would feel would be so infinitely intense it would cease (and like a flame, nullify into the fire.)

 

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Any single word uttered from any Jew’s mouth, from the greatest Tzaddik to the simplest, whether man, woman or child, if it is so uttered for the sake of strengthening Judaism – it is like a precious diamond.

 

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The Torah is eternal and though we don’t have the physical Menorah there is the spiritual lighting (perhaps this means like lighting another’s soul Ed.)

 

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The Baal Shem Tov taught us that what we see in another is our own reflection – if we see a beast in ourselves (as we deny our own “bestiality”) hence this is “reflected in the other” (this is why evil people aka hitler, arabs, genuinely see evil in the best of people.)

 

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Your fellow is your mirror – just as it is only when you have on your own face dirt can it be reflected…

 

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The Baal Shem Tov brings the words of the medrash that God admonishes Moses: “why do you see negative in the Jews (that they don’t serve God – this was when they were slaves) you should rather be upset at me” (that they are.)

 

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The Baal Shem Tov teaches, one of the problems we have is not having an organized methodology (time-management) to our Divine service – one must regret (do Teshuvah on this) this, and make a positive resolution.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov not only taught us that every single thing that occurs is Divine providence, but furthermore there is a master plan and every detail contributes.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov explains the idea of Divine providence that it extends to the four kingdoms of non-living, vegetation, animal and especially human – Each and every event, from a leaf blowing in the wind, to an insect’s life-cycle is by Divine Providence, so how much infinitely more so your and my life!

 

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The Baal Shem Tov explains, each one of the four species has a separate rank in its importance – though obviously a human is far more,; nonetheless, God’s supervision extends (and as we know from science what would happen if two electrons or protons would collide) to every single micro detail – however if God’s supervision extends to the electron, how much infinitely more so to each and every one of his chosen!

 

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We see how sometimes in the midst of a clear calm day, suddenly a wind will fiercely blow which causes some leaves to fall or some (as it was in those days) straw to dislocate from the roof – this sudden unexpected wind is clear proof that it was exclusively caused by God’s desire (to move the leaves or straw – in other words, everything is preordained.)

 

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Every single Jewish step is with the utmost care Divinely calculated – and this is for the purpose for which we were created.

 

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Every encounter according to the Baal Shem Tov with a fellow man is Divinely ordained – most often there is something to learn.

 

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One of the Divine providences of the journeys of the Jews, is that when we are spread over the four corners of earth, it enables those of us in better circumstances to assist.

 

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Whenever you meet someone, this was not random – most often is either to teach (you or the other – but you must see it as an opportunity.)

 

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When 3 people get together for a good cause (this is thought to be a saying of the Baal Shem Tov) this has a great effect (it is known that the Baal Shem Tov from a young age was part of the secret Tzaddikim society and he had many innovated ideas which (I believe) the head Reb Adam, advised they create a committee of three – they would look into the ideas and implement.)

 

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What do you recall?

 

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The Festivals

 

Rosh Hashanah:

 

On Rosh Hashanah God extends credit (for the year); when Elul arrives we must make an accounting (if we have paid); hence the days of Selichois (and through our repentance) we earn that the following year, once again…

 

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Rosh Hashanah

 

The Baal Shem Tov explained how the Blowing of the shofar occurs in heaven: G-d the holy glorious awesome and merciful, sits on his exalted and elevated throne – which represents the seat of judgment – And Abraham with his tremendous love begs before the great and awesome God that he should get up from the seat of judgment and sit on the throne of mercy, and Isaac mentions with great inspiration how he was bound as a sacrifice (and was willing to give his life) and he begs for his offspring mercy and this sacrifice removes all barriers – and Jacob pleads for mercy for the Jewish people and Moses prays with intense concentration, and all the seven shepherds stand next to him and pray deeply and the angels who are advocates of the Jews bring all the merits of the Jews – and opposing them are the prosecuting… and they count all the thoughts, speech and good actions and the bad ones, of every individual; and the Forefathers and Moses speak highly of every Jew – the Tekiah represents Abraham, the Shevarim represents Isaac, and the Teruah is Jacob, and when a person below screams “Father and heavenly supernal angels, save and have mercy upon me!” this give the throne of mercy the ability to win.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov explains, our cry at the Shofar should not be for our pain but for our future.

 

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The blast of the Shofar is the sound of the soul crying (longing for her father.)

 

The Baal Shem Tov gives a parable – once there was a king who had a wise son whom we loved dearly and both the king and the son thought that in order to learn more and acquaint himself with the customs of people, he should travel – so the king appointed many ministers and servants and together with a large treasure-chest, off he went – All this in order so his wisdom would deepen; sensitivity, increase, even more than as he was in the palace –  As time wore, all his money was spent, both because he was accustomed to such a grand lifestyle, but even more so that he indulged his every whim… till he had to pawn everything – In the interim he ended up in a faraway land where his father wasn’t even known – when he said that he is the son of a great king, not only did they not believe him, they had never heard of the king – when he realized his luck ran out, he decided to return  – but as so much time had passed he forgot his native tongue – so arriving at his home country, all he could do was indicate with sign language that he was the son of the king – the people thought he was nuts and he suffered both verbal and physical abuse – in such a state he arrived at the palace and once again he indicated to the guards that he was the son of the king – seeing such a disheveled, broken and beaten person they paid no attention and so he figured he would cry, for hopefully his father would recognize his son’s tone – when the king heard his cry, he was filled with love – “is this not the voice of my son?” – he ran and hugged and kissed him .

 

Similarly, we Jews are princes in heaven and the soul is sent into a body in order to study; in other words, that through Torah and Mitzvos we achieve a far greater privileged position – but as the body and its desire begin to take hold of us – as we start to seek money and other foolish pleasures, and as we become consumed by this lust/passion, we become so distant that we forget the name of our father – we forget what we are lacking and we become miserable both spiritually and materially (as one effects the other) – and when we wake up and wish to return to our heavenly father we don’t know what to say, so we simply give a heartfelt cry – this is the sound of the shofar resonating from the depths of our soul – a repentance, a regret for our past and a resolution for the future; to adhere to the will and wisdom of God – and it is this sound that aroused the holy one blessed be he and he demonstrates his unbounded love, and forgives us of everything! (which is the idea of Yom Kippur, and then sitting in the Sukkah, it is like we are being hugged.)

 

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The Baal Shem Tov gives (another) example on the meaning of the cries of the Shofar; once a king sent his son’s hunting – it was a large and scary forest and the children got lost – they called for their father but their father didn’t reply – in their desperation they just started to scream.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov gives an example of children who get lost in a forest and from their deep fear they call, “Father Father protect us!!” -as is known how much a parent loves to hear their child, and when it comes from the depths…

 

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Yom Kippur is like Purim (as the Previous Rebbe explains, that Yom Kippur is a day of repentance, and Purim the Jews really repented.)

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said, dunking in the Mikvah and sitting in the Sukkah are similar, both in the fact that they refine the person and draw down light.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said, the beauty of his Sukkah are the simple unlearned pious sincere Jews (who would sit with him) for in their joy of doing a Mitzvah, they cause God such.

 

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One of the holy customs the Baal Shem Tov had on Sukkos was the attention he paid to the exceptionally simple unlearned sincere Jews.

 

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The Alter Rebbe relates that the first time the Baal Shem Tov taught his holy disciples about Simchas Torah he said – normally on Shabbos and Yom Tov Jews Daven a little later, but on Simchas Torah as they were dancing through the night, as well as needing to have a meal they are thoroughly exhausted so they wake up late – however the angels having no excuses wake up on their regular early morning schedule to sing God’s praises – however they may not pray until the Jews below – so they head to Gan Eden to see if they can help straighten things up – however coming to Gan Eden they are surprised, for instead of the usual Mitzvos they find the (it seems the good we do below gets elevated to above) they suddenly find that they are surrounded by worn out shoes, broken off soles etc. – so they take this to the archangel Michoel and ask him “What is this?” – so he says “These are the remnants of the shoes that Jews danced their merry souls with, on Simchas Torah” and he boasts, “with these soles I shall fashion a far more beautiful crown for our heavenly father then even the archangel matat” (who creates crowns from the prayers Jews utter.)

 

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Shemurah Matzah is called with two essential internal names: Bread of Faith and Bread of Healing – it heals one’s faith.

 

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When one understands how poor understanding (human intellect) is, one understands how rich is faith.

 

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The Alter Rebbe said in the name of the Baal Shem Tov

 

Being an idiot

 

Sadness

 

And considering yourself significant (important, VIP…)

 

Are considered by Chassidim to be cardinal sins (hence at all cost to be avoided).

 

Being sharp

 

Being happy through finding in everything a positive benefit.

 

And working alertly, yet conscientiously

 

Are cardinal principles!

 

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It is known from the Baal Shem Tov and Maagid that the spiritual source of kelipos (falsehood) is higher than truth (in other words, in everything there is a body and a soul – now the body is false, it appears to be… yet the source of this appearance comes from God – though of-course it acts only as a garment for the soul.)

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said “Honey-Cake – as it is combined both from honey and flour which in their source are vessels for Torah – creates that our heart is drawn to Torah.”

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said, that the holy Divine name Yud – Hei – Vov – Hei begins with a Yud (in Yiddish yud and yid / Jew are similar) this is because the purpose of the world is for the Jew and in the letter Yud itself we see how this must manifest, for the upper dot relates to God’s intent (Torah and Mitzvos) the lower dot, relates to the Jew, and when one fills their time and space (the body) with Torah and Mitzvos, the Divine intent is fulfilled

 

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The Baal Shem Tov teaches that a Neshomah/soul will come down to live seventy / eighty years for the sole purpose to help out another – in general this obviously pertains to their physical needs, but infinitely more so their spiritual.

 

(The Previous Rebbe said, that this teaching inspired hundreds of thousands of Jews to genuinely care, uplift and dedicate themselves to one another – and the Rebbe says, though the Baal Shem Tov mentions one (good deed) it is obvious that after that one, must come another and another etc.!)

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

 

The Baal Shem Tov says, every Jew has a Torah light that shines through him, it is with this light that he goes about his daily activities and most importantly imparts the Torah (the previous Rebbe mentions that strengthening Torah education – giving children a Torah education is what saves them from the darkness and disgustingness of societal denigration.)

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

 

The Baal Shem Tov revealed that the specific purpose of our soul’s descent is through teaching Torah to the populace.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

 

The Baal Shem Tov revealed that the purpose of the descent of every soul is to fulfill the Torah and Mitzvos, whether it is keeping Shabbos or the festivals, lighting Shabbos candles, putting on Teffilin and though the soul comes from the highest heights (in heaven ) specifically through this gets infinitely greater.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

 

The soul studies Torah from God in the Heavenly Academy, and yet God sends this soul to earth, for the entire goal is to change the “Ani (I – ego” – even based on Torah scholarship and good deeds into) “Ayin” (nothing – humility – lack of ego) and this is done by realizing that relative to the humble person, I truly am less.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

 

It is known from the Baal Shem Tov that there are certain Mitzvos that the intent doesn’t really matter, two of them are Mikvah – for even if a person didn’t intend, but the right amount of water covered them, they become purified; the other is charity, for it is not so much the reason you give, but the giving; as we know, even if you lose money and a poor person finds it (in a permissible way, say dollar bills on the street, which having no rightful claimant can be taken) it is considered that you have done the mitzvah.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

 

There is a well-known parable of the Baal Shem Tov of a town that relied on their giant to protect them (but the enemy came and stole all his weapons) so realizing they couldn’t rely on him, this brought out their greatest strength (previously that they themselves were unaware they had.)

 

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Better to not learn, than to learn what is evil.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

 

All the Torah taught up until the Maharshah was all written with Ruach Hakodesh (the holy spirit) and as it is an essential part of Torah,  and as Torah is higher than the holy spirit, therefore each part can be explained according to the four levels of understanding: the simple, the hints, the parables, and the secret / Kabbalah (in other words, within the holy spirit is God and God is infinite.)

 

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Moshaich’s soul is the essential Yechidah (the level of Divine that forms all souls) As this is within each of us – it is up to each of us to reveal (which as the Rebbe says, this comes by desiring that Divine revelation, which will occur when Moshaich comes, and also by understanding that in essence we are this Divine – which of-course is the only way anything can be).

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

 

The Baal Shem Tov says, the Chassidic melodies (the hauntingly beautiful mesmerizing soul inspiring notes) is one of the paths of Chassidus.

 

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

 

The greatness of man, the foremost creation is, within him is included the entire cosmic destiny (as we know, man is a micro of the macro, and his micro effects it.)

 

Far greater are the humble Jews than the Torah scholars, for the former feel the Divine.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said that everything that a person sees and hears is a specific lesson from God in Avodas Hashem (bettering oneself.)

 

However one must actually comprehend what the lesson is.

 

This comes about through “our soul teaching us.”

 

Our soul teaching us, refers to that one’s mind becomes illuminated and various conceptual truths become apparent visa-via the lessons that can be derived and through this one comes to understand what God’s message is.

 

 

The Baal Shem Tov says, that the most straight path to receive “the soul teaching one” is a. to recite Tehhilim with love; b. to help a fellow Jew not only monetarily but physically; and 3. to have sacrifice for love of one’s fellow.

 

The Baal Shem Tov saw that this soul revelation was more by Jews who were simple and were earnestly reciting Tehhilim, even more than by the scholars who derive their pleasure from novel Torah insights.

MEDITATION / ACTION

 

The Baal Shem Tov says, that Tehhilim with love, going out of your way for another, whether for their physical or spiritual needs, and love of one’s fellow, are the keys to unlock the heavenly storehouses of health, salvation and wealth.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said everything one sees and hears is a lesson in one’s Divine service.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov said, every Jew goes through a rich world filled with Divine messages – albeit we must pray to understand.

2 MEDITATIONS / ACTION From The Holy Baal Shem

MEDITATION / ACTION

 

The Baal Shem Tov said that when a friend blesses another, this is received by God far more impressively, then even the great advocate of the Jews in heaven, the angel Michoel.

MEDITATION / ACTION

 

It is known, the Baal Shem Tov’s teaching that when we judge another, we are judged.

 

Hence when something bad happens to another and instead of feeling their suffering and pain we believe that due to their sins they deserve it, this comes against us.

 

The fire for good things and the fire for foolish or evil counteract; as does the coldness of good and the coldness for bad