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Ask Not What God Can DO FOR YOU! Rather The Reverse

MEDITATIONS AND ACTIONS OF THE BAAL SHEM TOV INSTALLMENT 7

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MEDITATION

The Baal Shem Tov and the Ari had extraordinarily high souls.

 

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MEDITATION

It is the nature of the truly wise, that they don’t reveal their wisdom, and they are more silent… and sometimes they conceal that, as if they don’t know (like the Baal Shem Tov.)

 

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FACT

The famous picture which people make of the Baal Shem Tov, is not.

 

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MEDITATION

The inner fear of God the Baal Shem Tov had, was similar to the fear of Moshiach.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov lacked any human fear, for when one has a higher fear, this cancels all lower.

 

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MEDITATION

Even during the time of extraordinary ecstasy, the Baal Shem Tov’s face would drain (of color) due to his tremendous fear of God .

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

In the messianic revelation, it will be revealed the heart of the holy Baal Shem Tov, namely, the fire in the physical heart, of unconditional love.

 

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MEDITATION

It is known that there is an extreme wisdom to be able to see what another thinks, as the Baal Shem Tov had.

 

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MEDITATION

The Tzemach Tzeddek said the miracles that the Baal Shem Tov did were unheard of from time immemorial – and all of this was done through the ability to see from one end of the earth to the other (including from the beginning of time to the end). This is through the original infinite light which God hid in the Torah (which proves the absolute infinity / not limit (that space and time, limited dimensions (for “if you are here you are not there,” have no barrier – an example to this would be of someone who looking down from a plane can see in one second that which a person below would take much more time and travel.)

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The teachings of the Baal Shem Tov, continued through the holy Rebbes, create sensitivity.

 

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MEDITATION

 

A man once came to the Baal Shem Tov and enquired about his son who was in Breslua that was hundreds of miles away and the Baal Shem Tov opened a Zohar and told him that he just saw him.  The Alter Rebbe explains, because, as the primordial light was placed in the Torah, Tzaddikim could use it.

 

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The reason physical matter obscures, is because it is in the estate of existence, yesh (personal “ego”) but as the Baal Shem Tov brought true bittul (humility – lack of yeshus, sense of self-existence) to matter, he could see through matter.

 

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MEDITATION

There is a story in which the Baal Shem Tov wrote a letter to his brother-in-law, the learned Reb Gershon Kutavier, who it seems was a Rabbinical Judge – now he had excommunicated another.  So the Baal Shem Tov said, “I was in heaven and I saw they wished to judge you with death – but I desired to go and plead for you, but they wouldn’t let me in (to that chamber;) so I pleaded to God, “He did it for your sake!” So a voice rang out, “Leave him, for He did it for my sake.” So they decided that instead, (the heavenly tribunal of judges) that you would be blind for a month (as it states, a blind a person is like dead.)” – Reb Gershon wrote back, “everything you wrote is true, however how is it you wrote the letter before the story occurred?!” – So the Baal Shem Tov replied, that in heaven time occurs prior to our time.

 

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MEDITATION

A Tzaddik who even has a single unnecessary thought – this is worse than a normal person who does many sins.

 

 

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MEDITATION

 

There are two levels in Tzaddikim, there are those who are preoccupied with meditation and holy Yichudim (connecting spiritual unions – this was how the Rashbi, The Arizal and The Baal Shem Tov were (before being revealed.)

 

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MEDITATION

The essential role of the Baal Shem Tov, was to awaken one’s essence.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

 

Because of the Baal Shem Tov’s tremendous love for all (as is known, he even loved robbers – he didn’t shun or judge) he was able to bring out the best – this occurred even to the realm of animal (as is known, that when the Baal Shem Tov prayed, the goats would stand upright – as their souls (spiritual part) got elevated, which caused them to physically) and even on the inanimate (as is known, the Baal Shem Tov’s Tzitzis would continuously shake – for we draw down a life force in Tzitzis – and by the Baal Shem Tov, this was revealed.)

 

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MEDITATION

The Alter Rebbe repeated in the name of his master (the Maggid) “the grandeur (royalty) of the Baal Shem Tov was far more prestigious than the greatest emperor, yet his humility was far more then how a beggar who lives off a garbage dump sees himself.”

 

This is the idea that the Divine light is infinitely high and likewise infinitely low.

 

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MEDITATION

The purpose of the revelation of the Baal Shem and the Maagid was to pave the way for the revelation of the inner Torah through the Alter Rebbe (similar how the forefathers paved the way for the Divine revelation through Moses.)

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

 

The Alter Rebbe compared the Baal Shem Tov to Avrohom Avinue – just as Avrohom was generous with his time, body and soul, so to the Baal Shem Tov – they both dedicated themselves to teaching the simplest of people.

 

It states, until Avrohom the world was in darkness, when he arrived it began to be light – similarly with the Baal Shem Tov.

 

He taught the simple pious Jews that their Amen, their blessing, their Tehhilim, is very precious.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov revealed, How Love of G-d, Love For The Torah, And Love For One’s Fellow Are All One.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov revealed the essence of the Jew – in other words, though one may externally hence superficially do bad, one is internally, hence actually, good.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov revealed the essential component of love for God, the Torah and the Jew – for just as one’s love for God, is because he is God, and one love’s for Torah is because it is God’s, our love for a fellow Jew, is not due to any qualities, rather because.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov started a new path, for until him, a Jew was loved if he had Torah knowledge – but from then onwards he is just.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov had the tremendous merit to teach that one should simply love.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov revealed the tremendous special qualities of the unlearned Jew – he would often send his holy disciples to study proper behaviors.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov taught the great qualities in all Jews, and if one doesn’t see, it is only because one’s glasses are dirty.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov’s ultimate goal was that the infinite light should reside within.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov revealed that every Jew is referred to as God’s chosen.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov revealed that a Torah scholar should feel shame before those Jews who say the Tehhilim with errors – for their Tehhilim coming from sincerity is infinitely greater (to God.)

 

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The main task of the Baal Shem Tov was to reveal God.

 

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MEDITATION

The Baal Shem Tov showed how one should serve God, and the Alter Rebbe how one can.

 

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MEDITATION

(This is according to my understanding Ed.) Until the Baal Shem Tov ego was a hidden demon – it accompanied man – hence unfortunately eventually it got the better of him – and instead of people (particularly the scholars, for the masses of Jews were humble) realizing that they were servants (of  God) they became narscasitic – the Baal Shem Tov revealed and slaughtered the demon.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov revealed the inner life force of everything which is its essence (purpose.)

 

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God revealed himself through Chassidus as it reveals the inner true intent (of Judaism – namely the character refinement.)

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The wellsprings that the Holy Rashbi opened, illuminating the mind and heart of select few, were widened to become life giving waters through the Baal Shem Tov.

 

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MEDITATION

 

The Baal Shem Tov poked holes in the concealment, that the world conceals (the Divine life force) the Alter Rebbe, expanded them to windows.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov erected a ladder to heaven the Alter Rebbe taught how to climb.

 

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A fundamental principle the Baal Shem Tov taught is that wherever your desires are, is who you become.

 

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When we say “a Chassidic heart,” this really refers to being in tune with one’s soul; however, just as we say that Abraham opened the gateway to sacrifice (for God) the Baal Shem Tov opened this heart.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov began the teachings of the secrets, however it was still beyond (most;) the Alter Rebbe made them accessible.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov bequeathed to his disciples an inner fire in performing Torah and Mitzvos.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov was the consumet leader who cared for every physical and spiritual concern of every Jew.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The entire purpose of the Baal Shem Tov was to reveal what a Jew is – beyond all the secrets he revealed, which great angels would “die for,” is the revelation of the absolute infinite place a Jew holds (in God’s heart.)

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov revealed that every Jew has an easy direct path to fulfill God’s intent (in creation.)

 

 

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MEDITATION / ACTIONS

Even prior to the Baal Shem Tov, there were ill people (spiritually) but they didn’t know – however the Baal Shem Tov and the subsequent Rebbes wrote medicine books describing the maladies and cures.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov revealed how not only the holy can be Chassidim.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov revealed how every Jew can have true love and reverence for God – even the simple Jews who say Tehhilim, as they do so sincerely, this is the apex.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov opened the gateway to the inner Torah, and the Alter Rebbe to Chabad.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov was the primary educator and the Alter Rebbe guide.

 

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The Baal Shem Tov clarified (as well as through his subsequent students/Rebbes) that wherever a Jew goes, he is on a Divine purposeful mission.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov (as it states, that Tzaddikim mirror their Creator, and as the Creator, as we see in his holy Torah has both positive and prohibitions) managed both to remove the sadness and increase the joy – to be happy that you are simply a Jew.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The sadness the Baal Shem Tov removed is only regarding to one’s physical position, but in terms of spiritual, there has to be humility.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem’s way:

 

  1. The Torah – The entire Torah is really names of God, and just as knowing someone’s name is not knowing them, similarly as the Torah is infinite (hence whatever we know, really is nothing.)

 

  1. Divine Providence – not only is every act in creation specifically designed, but this design is its purpose (this is in addition to the continual life-force that brings it into existence.)

 

  1. The Greatness of The Jews – Every single Jew is as worthy as the greatest scholar – it states “You are children to God” – just as it states that “Yitzchok was Abraham’s child” as his face was similar, similarly the Jews mirror God’s qualities – compassion and loving-kindness.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The paradigm of the Baal Shem Tov is two which is one: Everything is God and God is everything.

 

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MEDITATION

The Alter Rebbe was asked, “what additional benefit did the Baal Shem Tov add?” (considering there were previous ethical holy books) he replied, “there are two ways to deal with a thief – one is a person who waits for the thief to come and then shouts, and the thief being afraid runs; the other is a strong person who waits for the thief, then ties him up and gives him over (to the police.) In the first instance the thief remains and in the second he rids himself of him; similarly, until the Baal Shem Tov the path was to shout “It’s a sin!” But with the Baal Shem Tov one gains control.”

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Path of the Baal Shem Tov is: a Jew is a spiritual warrior.

 

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov’s Light Continuing Through The Rebbes, Will Shine Till Moshiach!

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov said, that he would often see the Holy Ohr Hachayim in the heavenly abode of Moshiach.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The idea of faith is not only that one believes in God but in his messengers, such as Moses down to the Baal Shem Tov, continuing through all the Lubavitcher Rebbes.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

If we truly had faith that all would be good, it would be (as is known with the story of the Baal Shem Tov, that there was once a terrible decree and he was most disturbed, but he decided just to trust, and it was averted.)

 

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MEDITATION

The Baal Shem Tov attached God to our souls.

 

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MEDITATION

There is a story in which a wealthy person came to the Baal Shem Tov requesting a child – he said that if he was willing to accept poverty it would be – the reason for this was, that he saw the blessings from above for this person was only for two of the three (main blessings, namely health, sustenance and children.)

 

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The Baal Shem Tov made a solemn oath, that whoever for the sake of God acts, will succeed.

 

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MEDITATION

The Maagid said, that when we were by the Baal Shem Tov for Shavous, heaven opened and we saw.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

Most of the stories in Sivchei Baal Shem Tov are based on the teachings and stories of the Alter Rebbe.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

For anyone who thinks about idolatry, the Baal Shem Tov recommends to induce diariah (and there is a Kabbalistic reason.)

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

It is well known the Baal Shem Tov’s opinion, that the Jews should leave the (inhospitable and poverty stricken cities) and settle on land, becoming farmers and the like – many hundreds of families did he see to it settled and he would personally ensure that those who were late on their rent, would be paid for.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

The circular group dance that Chassidim dance began with the Baal Shem Tov – a circle is a makif (for those knowledge in these Kabbalistic terms.) To begin light must come in a maakif and only then (and now after so many Rebbes etc.) does it descend.

 

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MEDITATION / ACTION

To the Baal Shem Tov, reciting Tehhilim is the highest level.

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