Mammer Zachor – Alter Rebbe

One must give up all desires, for the ultimate – namely that God’s thoughts should become yours, as well as his speech (though one may ask: does in not say, “His thoughts are not your thoughts…” – this is answered in the next statement – “His ways are not your ways” – however, through deep contemplation in God – then His thoughts can so become, yours.)

The meditation that God is my soul – hence, as “I desire my life, I desire God” – and in this way, we take infinite pleasure in God, this is the metaphorical leaving of exile, leading to our personal redemption.

The heart has an inner and outer – the inner dimension of the heart which is the inner dimension of the Jew, which is the essence of all Jews (the Shechinah) is a consummate love of bliss, delight, and pleasure in God – however (certainly in exile) we don’t have much access (to this,) hence we have to deal with the outer dimension (more the conscious (though not deeply aware) self) whereby, we arouse our love for God, through thinking about His greatness – and this becomes the outer keys to the inner chamber – allowing then, our thoughts to become, the thoughts of the Divine.

This is the beating of Amalek, as it states, “God’s name and throne are not complete until Amalek is annihilated” – for, once, the love penetrated the inner heart, this evokes a parallel love from God, from the concealed, to the revealed (hence his name – the yud and hei, permeating the vov and hei) become complete – and his throne becomes complete, as the throne is representative of his kingship, so by fulfilling his laws…

Now Amalek – as Kelipah, is the opposite of holiness – reverses the reality – whereas in holiness we inspire the heart, Amalek cools, deadens the link between the Godly inspiration and the emotional dedication (for an uninspired heart, has no holiness).

Now the nature of a Jew is that we are stiff necked, this stubbornness is a wonderful quality, as it allows us to overcome any obstacle to serving God – so we must firstly, pray that God remove Amalek (which deadens our conviction) and finally, once we do achieve access to the inner heart, the bliss of God, we must never forget (for Amalek causes forgetfulness, hence with no inspiration, a person can lapse.)

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