Baal Shem Tov on Vayeira 2


9. Every year on the Yor Tzeit (anniversary of passing,) a parent is judged – for in heaven the only way – which is the goal on a Yor Tzeit to ascend, is through having a merit, therefore they go into ever deeper scrutinys – perhaps a Mitzvah here or there… etc. – however for one who has been totally purified (seems like, used up all merits…) therefore only relating stories about the person – learning from their ways, is what causes their elevation – and for the righteous Tzaddikim – those that cause their elevation, get with them elevated.

  • One who prays for his friend, his prayers are answered first – why? – it is known, that in order to sweeten the anger (judgment,) one must go to the source – when the Tzaddik uses his intellect (for in perception – not emotion – one can see causes – say someone was nervous etc.) therefore by reaching to the fiftieth gate of understanding, where there is no point of expansion, as the Baal Shem Tov said, something that has no surface area cannot break (like an idea that is fundamentally true – God…) hence by being at that level and praying for another, the Tzaddik causes that He too is first answered (for on that plane, there is no negative.)

13. When God tests a person, He removes the person’s Daas (broad sense, hence though that issue is very small, it seems very challenging.)

14. It is known, that among the angels there are set times when they may praise God, some once a week, some once in fifty years – and even then, often only one verse, such as kadosh or baruch – however a Jew is allowed to praise God constantly!

An example for this is of a king who all the ministers and officers had a time that they could come praise him – however they would always worry, maybe he is angry… (then it would be a liability) and so they would make it short.. – however the son of the king could come anytime – for when the father sees him, in any event he would become joyous.

Now it is known, when joy and love enter, anger exits – though this is a natural (nature,) it still pays to explain – for as joy and love enter the heart, the anger elevates to its source, where it is rectified (as is known, anger is only rectified (sweetened) in its source.)

And this is the meaning that “God, Nisa (tested) Avrohom” – for as Avrohom was love (like the son of the king) therefore the judgments elevated.

Let us now return to the parable of the son – the son of the king has a double duty to constantly praise his father, for firstly it his father the king, and secondly, for the graciousness his father bestows (to allow him continued access.)

So we are like the son who firstly has a duty to praise his father – but more importantly, the love for the father is so deep within us, that we wish to sing continually all his praises – however we cannot – so we ask, the little we do sing should be considered as if we have sung all!

15. “Take please your son, your only son Yitzchok, and offer him as a sacrifice” – Yitzchok comes from the word laughter – when we rejoice in God, we elevate the silliness of youth and teenage laughter.

16. From false humility – the desire to show others that one is humble… – the Yetzer Hara slaughters (the person – in other words this trait causes their spiritual (temporary) annihilation.)

An example for the above trait is someone who had all positive qualities except that he was arrogant – so people told him… so he worked on himself to become humble – one day someone mocked him – “you nothing!” he retorted “I have all qualities, including humility!”

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