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10 New Baal Shem Tov Teachings

97. When a person thinks negatively, they constrict themselves – for wherever a person’s thoughts are, there they are – within a narrow “bandwith” preventing the infinite blessings of God (similarly when a person thinks of physical things, he descends there.)

98. Why is the Shechina in Galus (exile?) For “With the words of God, did He create heaven” (in other words, words are source code) and one must use all their words for the sake of God – in order to arouse the speech with which God made the world – that this speech should spread to all the universes – however now through our many sins – all peoples’ speech are about physical pleasure, and even the words used in Torah and Prayer are filled with distracting thoughts or ulterior motives – and therefore the speech is in Exile.

99. The Baal Shem Tov said, why is the Shechinah in Galus? For all words come from her – and instead of using them for God, we use them for physicality, pleasure, and lies.

100. The Baal Shem Tov said, the Galus of the Shechina is that a foreign (not for God) thought, rides on the word.

101. One must feel sorry for the Shechina for instead of using words for God it is used for physicality.

102. Speech is connected to the soul, and the soul is God – so when a person uses their speech for good things, then their life force gets replenished.

104. Know a great rule that in order to say something, before it is articulated through the five verbal mechanisms (see elsewhere) it must exist within the person’s thought – for it is impossible to say something unless – even subconsciously – it was in the person’s thought.      

105. The Degel Machaneh Efraim (the grandson of the Baal Shem Tov ) said – “I heard from my grandfather (or great-grandfather) that speech is (either) 1/7th or 1/10th of thought.” (I don’t recall which.)

106. The Baal Shem Tov said “at times when I attach my thoughts heavenward, I allow my speech to say whatever it says (as it is elevated) and at times when I am in the midst of people who are schmoozing, I elevate all their speaking (through attaching myself above.”)

107. The main completion of a Tzaddik is that he never ceases to be attached to God – and even when he speaks mundane words, he does so pithily (so his attachment remains) and especially must he be attached when doing a Mitzvah (- to not be overly obsessed, and thereby loses his attachment.)

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