Regarding Hishtatchus – an Outpouring of Soul – at the resting place of Tzaddikim (Toras Menachem Yud Sh’vat 5714 Page 27-35 )
10. Hishtatchus is mentioned in numerous places in Gemarah.
It is noteworthy to mention about the great length that the Gemarah deals with the subject of permissability of Cohanim to go to the Resting Place of Tzaddikim.
It is thus self-understood that going to the Resting Places of Tzaddikm is laudable also according to Nigleh (the revealed dimension. And hence the Gemarah speaks at length to make it permissible.)
Now in addition to the famous Kuntres Hishtatchus of the Mitteleh Rebbe, and what the Tzemach Tzeddek also writes, we will explain another great quality (also according to Nigleh – the revealed dimension.)
We find that the Resting Place of The Lubavitcher Rebbes is specifically outside of Eretz Yisroel.
Similarly, we find by Mosheh Rabeinu – a leader and Nasi of the Jewish people – that his resting place is outside of Israel (for over three thousand years!)
The Medrash relates an interesting dialog between G-d and Moshe:
G-d said to Moshe – “By which justification do you seek to enter Israel? – this is simalear to a king’s shepherd whose flock was captured – so he returned to the palace – said the king to him: ‘if you enter the palace, people will say ‘you’re culpable” – similarly, Moshe, your praise is that you saved the Jewish people from Egypt – if you enter with another generation, people will say…. hence remain with them.”
Mosheh Rabeinu certainly could have achieved his way – however to abandon the flock…?!
This is the actual reason why he remained!
It is for this reason, the verse says about him “The right path of G-d he accomplished – and kindness to the Jewish people” for though it meant remaining in the deep desolated desert – to await thousands of years… – for the sake of his flock, he stayed.
We find a simalear occurrence with Yaakov.
When Eisav told him that he would accompany him (on his journey to Israel) Yaakov said, “I must travel at the pace of the flock and the children.”
In other words, Yaakov was ready for Moshiach, but knowing his flock who were not yet ready – had he brought about Moshiach – they would not have the capacity (keilim) to participate.
For this reason the Tzaddik chooses to remain in Galus / exile.
The same holds true of every Rebbe (Jewish leader.)
Though they have the capacity to enter into the messianic redemption, they remain (lying in Galus) for the sake of enabling their flock (as will be explained) to be connected (through them) to G-d.
This is one of the reasons for the Rebbes choosing to remain (meaning their resting places) in Galus; so (seeing as they are general souls and every Jew (of their generation) is their offshoot, hence not only do they feel directly their suffering, but are highly empowered to act as an intercessor) praying for them.
To delve deeper:
This assistance that the Rebbe (whose Resting Place is in Galus is empowered to bestow) happens specifically when one visits (the Ohel.)
Furthermore, particularly during the Hishtatchus (the soul’s outpouring) in which your Yechidah becomes bound to the Rebbes – hence causing an intense inspiration – an inspiration that inspires upon one’s return – upgrading one’s thoughts speech and actions, which is man’s entire life’s goal.
Further, the very fact the resting place of the Tzaddik is nearby (hence accessible) creates in of itself a positive inspiration.
When one goes to the resting place, it is obvious that this inspires; however even knowing that one is able to go (as the adage “one compares not the hunger of one who lacks bread to the one who has”) (in other words, creates an ambient inspiration.)
For just as the one knowing has bread, lacks the Taaveh (the incessant desire) Similarly, the very fact that the Yetzer Hara is aware that at any moment you could go to the Rebbe’s (resting place) which will deliver a knock-out blow…
There is another benefit of the resting place of a Tzaddik (Rebbe) outside of Israel for through it, one becomes attached to Israel.
We find prayers must be concentrated toward the location that God says “My eyes and my heart are continually there” (namely Israel.”)
This is why Halachicly a person outside of Israel faces, a. Israel, b. the Holy-Temple, c. The Holy of Holies.
When a Jew is outside of Israel his sustenance (as he is in gentile countries) must flow via the seventy ministering angels (for every large gentile nation has a ministering angel – and everything in her country flows via.) However in Israel, all prayers and blessings emanate directly from G-d, it is for this reason our prayers must go there.
Now this uniqueness of Israel is also found in the resting place of the Rebbes (Tzaddikim.)
Regarding the resurrection (Techiyas Hameisim, as it applies in Chutz La-aeretz) outside of Israel, Reb Elazer states, that tunnels will come under the resting places of the Tzaddikim (from which they will rise and “walk” to Israel.) In other words, the opening of these tunnels is in Israel.
Now as the rule is, that an opening to Israel creates that the accompaniment is holy, hence this means that the Resting Places, are Israel.
Now though it is only when Moshiach comes, that the opening will open; nonetheless, as we know from Halachah, that the intent (or future doorway) already applies.
In conclusion, the prayers at the resting place of a Tzaddik, whose doorway will lead to Eretz Yisroel, causes that when one prays there now, it is as if they are praying in Israel.
In fact, there is an advantage of Praying at the Resting Place of a Tzaddik, even over Israel.
We know that there is a difference in the flow of Divinity from when the Beis Hamikdosh was / wasn’t here.
For during the time of the Bies Hamikdosh (as the Alter Rebbe clarifies in Tanya) our life force came directly (from G-d.)
Similarly, the greatness of Israel (that its life force comes directly from G-d) is specifically during the time of the Beis Hamikdosh.
When we take into consideration the example of a stone falling – the higher its position, the further it falls, hence the destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh, was most acutely felt in Israel.
This also manifested in the physical abundance (which was more during the time of the Beis Hamkidosh.)
Unfortunately, in fact, it is even harder (to earn in Israel) as the Ramban wrote to his son (from Israel, upon his emigration) “the holier the location, the greater its destruction.”
Similarly, spiritually – apart from the extra caution one must take regarding the Mitzvahs that are germane to Israel (only) In addition visa-vie all Mitzvos! the fact is, that G-d’s individual providence is constantly seeking.
An example of this is, that it states, “any Torah scholar who has dirt on his clothing is to be punished” (for though an average person can be forgiven, but as he carries the Divine name.)
However, all of the above (levels, such as in / outside Israel, during / after Beis Hamikdosh) are all layers within Seder Hishtlashulus (the cosmic descent.)
For sins can only effect within Seder Hishtalshalus (and as the spiritual and physical are intertwined, hence there are also manifested problems.)
However as things stand regarding the Divine core (essence – Atzmus) and the Jews core (soul) there are no barriers (ED. just as your love for your child is regardless (of sins or merits.)
Similarly, the core of Israel connected to the core of the Divine is indestructible, immutable and eternal.
Nonetheless, this core, existing in a concealed way, must be still manifested (through Avoda – effort.)
This is where the benefit due to the assistance of the Tzaddik comes:
It is well-known, that by high souls (like the Rashbi) there was no Churban (destruction of Israel / Beis Hamikdosh) for their core manifested (in them.)
Hence they have the quality of the core of Israel and therefore upon visiting their resting place, one is by Israel, as it was before the destruction.
Based on the above, a great quality of Hishtatchus (outpouring of one’s soul by the resting place of a Tzaddik) in regards to prayer, becomes evident.
Today when a Jew wishes to offer a prayer – to connect to G-d – in a way which doesn’t go through the seventy ministering (angels, as mentioned) and in fact goes straight to G-d, even beyond the current (“destroyed” (meaning lacking the Beis-Hamikdosh) Israel – the place to do so, is at the resting place of the Rebbe.
It is self-understood, that a prayer in such a location has the quality of being able to receive immediate blessings.
This is especially in regards, that one’s core (soul) should manifest in all of one’s thoughts, speech and actions, and most particularly, in regards to the mission the Rebbe has given (each person.)
That one’s requests, should be fulfilled in a revealed and manifest way!!!!