1. The Rebbe Maharash’s birthday is on the 2nd of Iyar and his motto was Lichatchilah Ariber.
2. It’s well known his saying that most people try to climb under, but if they can’t go under they try to go over – I say, to begin with, you must start at the top.
3. In other words, a Jew should never reckon with the limitations of reality, for a Jew transcends it.
4. There are two lessons from the saying, the first is – that you always have to go higher than your current reality (for your current reality itself is a limitation relative to your next dimension.)
4b At the same time, this boundless Beyond limitation, must be done within the bounds and limitations of the world.
5. Because we are connecting to God therefore, simultaneously it is infinitely high and can descend into any low.
6. The Torah itself begins Lichatchilah Ariber:
A. the Torah begins with Breishis which is the prime reasons for creation, namely the Jewish people and the Torah;
B. The Torah teaches that in the beginning, the spirit of God, which is the spirit of Moshiach, which is the pulsation of Divinity into our reality, is present.
C. Simalerly, the Code of Jewish law begins, “I place God before me continuously,” and finishes that “a good heart is always glad” and we know that Joy breaks boundaries.
D. Simalerly, the Tanya begins with the fact that God gives us the ability to do our mission in life, and finishes with the doubled blessing.
7. This is also the beginning of our Parsha that we should be Holy, in fact reaching the Holiness of God! that no matter where we are, what era, what age, we can always be this holy.
8. The very goal of God, is that his Godliness should come right within us, and through US to everything.
9. As the Jewish people are the gift of God, therefore, even as they are in this world they must be so.
10. When we engage in doing God’s will, we transform even the curses in our lives into blessings.
11. By realizing our intrinsic Unity with God, as our soul is God, we realize how we are unified with everyone.
12. Through connecting with God, God being infinite, we are Beyond Death.
13. The Practical directive is that on the Rebbe Maharash’s birthday, we should take resolutions connected to all matters, of Lichatchilah Ariber, whether it’s Torab and Mitzvahs or worldly matters, both for oneself and for influencing others, based on the command to “Love a fellow as oneself,” especially teaching children, and certainly we’ll make Farbrengens and each one will help one another, with these resolutions, leading up to the time when in the Messianic era, when “No man will have to teach another, for all will know me, from young to old” immediately! in a way, of Lichatchilah Ariber, immediately now.