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The Baal Shem Tov On Davening

Make a light for the Teive (ark) and complete it (on its roof) to the width of an Ama (app. 3 feet.) Tzohar means light and Teiva means (also ) word.

Says the Holy Baal Shem “Make your words of Torah and Teffilah (prayer) bright. For within every letter there are universes, souls and Divine energy.

And these universes and souls elevate and connect and unify with Divine energy – then afterwards they connect with the letters of the word and they become an ark and afterwards combinations (Yechudim) of Divine energy occur – and a person should include his soul in each level mentioned – and then all the universes unite as one – they elevate and a great pleasure and rejoicing occurs above – this is the meaning that, the Teviah should have an upper middle and lower floor – there are the worlds, angels and Divine energy.

Every word you say ,you must hear (yourself) for the Divine presence (the Shechina) is the world of speech – – it takes much faith to believe this.  

 When we pray we must put all our energy in every letter we say – we should have in mind that the letters connect – now if a physical union is pleasurable – infinitely more so a spiritual – we should then elevate ourselves to the point where we are in the mystical realm of Beriah – we can’t even hear the words, only our thoughts, and then we get to the point of Atzilus.

Every word has three stories – universes, souls and Divine energy – the bottom level are the universes which we connect to the soul, which then get connected to the Divine energy – we must have faith that this is what we accomplish in every word of prayer.

Make a portal from the word – to see from one end, to the other end of the world.

Make your words bright – when a Jew speaks, he must make sure that before he speaks he thinks (so his word will be illuminated.)

When you pray, pray to the Divine within the letters.

Request that the Divine in the letters cause you to pray a since prayer – through this, all the harsh judgment will be sweetened to mercy.  

Every word includes in it every universe.

Every word is like a spiritual person and one must place all one’s energy into the word, otherwise it creates sort of a spiritual man, missing a limb or two.

Every word contains universes – and if one places one’s entire energy into saying the words, then these universes are enlightened – and bestow.

The breath below rises, to the breath above (I think this means our souls beyond) which then gives us breath below.

The Baal Shem Tov’s soul told him that all that was bestowed upon him, was not for the incredible knowledge he learned, but the tremendous devotion in prayer.

The Baal Shem Tov said, though one should pray with the fire of their soul, they must do so with a broken humble heart – for once his disciples were all praying with fiery passion but an accusatory decree in heaven arose as they lacked humility but as one person had humility, it saved them.

One can read the Torah making mistakes, but knowing its light, as one cherishes the Torah this brings God joy – this is like a parent who though his young son is stumbling over the words, but he is so happy to listen and fulfil his requests.

When one awakens one must be careful to say nothing (certainly superfluous) for the world is created as is known through (Divine) thought, speech and action – now of-course thought was the first – just as the Torah commands one to honor the eldest son for he receives the greatest portion from the father and transfers this to his siblings (perhaps this means latent soul talents) similar all comes from our first thoughts.

Whatever one sees one should connect it to God, when one sees love remind yourself of your love for God, if one sees fear remind yourself of your fear of God – even when going to the bathroom, you can say I separate the evil from the good – this is Yechudim.

When a person goes to do a Mitzvah they must run – you see – when we get to heaven, every Mitzvah we did – everything we do creates a soul and a body – the intent is the soul and the body is the deed – so this person who tarries, perhaps shmoozing along… they in heaven is forced to crawl a narrow bridge of a raging river – firstly it is very scary – but then the angels he created – that was looking forward to his creation – for from his intent the angel’s soul was born, and from his future action the body – it blocks the way and the extra time spent on the bridge, is for it painful.

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