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Baal Shem Tov Mikeitz – Quotes

Miketz

  1. “It was after two years..” The Medrash says, this refers to the end of Darkness – as long as the Yetzer-Hara is in the world, there is darkness and death in the world – the Baal Shem Tov teaches, the idea of refining the sparks of Godliness that were fallen at the time of the “breakage” – a person must elevate them (trapped) in the realms of physical matter, vegetation, animal and human – to separate the spark from the kelipah – and this is the entire purpose of a Jew in his/her Torah and Mitzvah and why s/he eats.

It is known that every spark in physical matter, vegetation etc. is a complete “person” (soul) from (or formed) of 248 limbs and 365 veins (spiritual) and when it is within the physical matter it is imprisoned that it can’t spread out its hands or feet… – rather his head is bent into his knees – and whoever through their good thinking and intent can extricate the holy sparks from vegetation to animal, to person, he redeems it to freedom – and there is no greater redemption than this – as the Baal Shem Tov teaches – this is like a prince imprisoned and someone comes and saves him – from slavery to freedom – how great would his reward be – however all this is within a specific timing of destined by God… – for how long he will be imprisoned – when he will come free – and through whom.

Note 3. When the sparks elevate this causes in God great joy – like the son of the king redeemed, who comes home.

The most important thing of-course is to realize how everything, be it intercourse, food, even ego, certainly words, thoughts and actions, can be used for God/good.

  • There is the pomiser the promisee, and the promise – the promiser is the person who promises – the promisee is the person promised to, and the promise is the factor one is relying upon – say for earning a living, God, a business venture etc. Blessed is the person who thinks not there needs to be a specific mechanism, for from God all is possible – and one who has a mechanism should not think that it is the mechanism, rather the mechanism is simply God’s agency.

Note 4. All that we receive is in the merit of faith.

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In the Book, Holy Sayings By (or From) The Baal Shem Tov, The Author clarifies that from God only good comes – now there are two types of good, that which is evident and that which feels bad, but there is a hidden (perhaps subsequent) good.

The reason for this is, as the love flows from God through the heavenly realm there are accusatory angels who seek to withhold the good – but when the person through faith recognizes that everything from God is good, this transforms it, to so be in a revealed way.

A higher level is Nachum Ish Gam Zu (the famous story is he was traveling to intercede for the Jewish people in Rome, and he had a treasure to give to the Emperor, and bandits replaced his treasure of diamonds etc. with dirt etc. and he said his motto, “This too is for the good,” he came to the king and presented the dirt and the king got furious, whereupon Elijah the Prophet dressed as one of the ministers suggested that perhaps the dirt was the same dirt as their ancestor Abraham used with which it miraculously turned to arrows – they tried it, and it worked) so we see that his faith, that the bad is good! caused the very bad to be the greatest blessing.

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5. There are two types who have faith – 1. Who work within the natural order 2. Those who know they can put in minimal effort and God will provide, and they can thus dedicate their time to holy pursuits – however one who lacks this faith, for them it won’t work.

Note 7. I am not sure if this is from the Baal Shem Tov Ed. – There are two types: 1. That work within nature 2. That work beyond – and each must go according to theirs (and the other way for them doesn’t work.)

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Once the Baal Shem Tov needed food for Shabbos and he went to someone’s window and said, “I need money for Shabbos” – and left – the person got up and didn’t know who knocked, and ran after the Baal Shem Tov – he happily gave him the money, and asked him, “Why didn’t you wait?” – answered the Baal Shem Tov – “Everyone who is born, their sustenance is born too – some must toil difficultly, others not so much – as by me it is not so much… all I need to do was make a little effort – and whether you give it to me or another, it doesn’t matter.”

  • The meaning of the verse “The will of those who fear Him, He fulfils” the truth is those that fear God, from their faith and trust, believing that all that God does is good, have no desires – but as God wishes to hear their payers – He creates in them a desire, that He can fulfil.
     
  • The Baal Shem Tov teaches – we should not trust God that He will give us much when it comes to food and physical things – for maybe He won’t…  – however one can have firm faith that God will send him a Mitzvah – and one should trust that He/She will have the power to implement the Mitzvah – and one shouldn’t trust that one’s power (ability) will be through food (its energy etc.) rather certainly God will give you the strength – there is no lack of means of how God can sustain.

  • One’s thoughts should be higher, in the spiritual realm – namely serving God; and one should attach oneself and believe in God, that he will achieve his desires.
     
  • A Great fundamental RULE – “Place on God Your Deeds, And Prepare Your Thoughts” (Mishlei) Anything that occurs, think this comes from Hashem – See to it, that you ask of Hashem that Hashem should provide for you what He knows is best!  – Not what you think, based on your assumption. – For it is possible, that what you believe is good, will actually harm. – Rather place all of your issues and needs upon God.
     
  • Believe that this entire world as the verse states is filled with God.

    Even the doing of every person – so if something occurs to you, that you wish it didn’t, realize that this was Hashem’s wish – and though it did not go according to your desire – understand, that if it is Hashem’s desire, it is far better!

  • There are two types of loves – there is the love of a father to his son as his son is wise, clever etc. then there is the love for the son himself – such a love no matter what the son does (say even a small child…) the father loves him and is proud – similarly there is the Tzaddik who through his meditation etc. elevates all the sparks of Godliness in mineral, plant, animal to God – this causes God great joy, and God loves him much – however the very fact the Tzaddik loves God (his attachment) this causes God to love the Tzaddik Himself.

Chanukah

The Ramban has a Segulah (beneficial prayer) that one should say Vayahie No-am seven times (each word) after lighting the Menorah and this is very good! – The Baal Shem Tov explains, to quite simply say Vayehi Noam and Yoshev Bisseser seven times – and he would say this also on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and any God-forbid tragic time, and one should meditate on two Nuns (The small nun of Vayahi Noam and the Large Nun of Yosishev Biseser Elion.)

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