10 New Teachings From The Baal Shem Tov

144. In the past the Yetzer Hara was only into preventing a person to receive the bliss of the world to come – now he got slyer and attempts to prevent both this world and the next – for example, causing a person to be consumed with (financial ) worries.

145. Once upon a time lived a man in a beautiful home – but a conman desiring his home told him “I will give you a billion  dollars to just own a single hook” – so they made the sale, and every hour the man would come into the house to hang on his hook something, so the first owner, had to give up his home – if you let the Yetzer Hara control any of your limbs (especially sezual)…)

146. To a Tzaddik, the Yetzer Hara dresses up as a Tzaddik, but to the regular people (as a regular person; for the Tzaddik would not be simply swayed by stupid desires.)

147. Why in the future will the Yetzer Hara be slaughtered – was not his job to entice man – True, but not to pretend he is pious.

149. The meaning that when Moshiach comes God will slaughter the satan is, the satan is called Samal – and God will take out his mem – all that will be left is the name of God (the essence) Saal.

150. The Baal Shem Tov quotes in the name of the Ramban – one who wishes to serve God in all their ways, that their life should be for the sake of God – whenever a pleasurable deed comes their way (for pleasure is the great seducer of logic and ethics) you should first imagine that this will give you zero pleasure – then you should think to not do it (or do the opposite,) then you will be able to see (objectively, both the side “to do” or “not to do”) and your decision shall be accurate. This is a great principle in life.

151. A great principle – whenever you imagine or decide on a path to pursue – immediately think of the exact opposite and the truth in the center shall guide.

152. the Baal Shem Tov says in the name of the Ramban, whatever give you pleasure – as pleasure will cause you to see anything forbidden as permissible (it subconsciously alters our opinion) therefore you have to initially remove all desire.

153. A great principle in serving God is to stay far way from sadness (for serving requires energy) therefore, the Yetzer Hara (who seeks to disturb our service) often makes a person feel guilty over minor details – a person should say – I don’t care about this… – as my entire goal in life is to make God happy, which requires the ability to be free from guilt feelings, in order to be able to serve Him constantly.

154. Do not be overly righteous, and if you make a small sin, ask God for forgiveness, and assume that God has forgiven you – after all the purpose of your service is to make God happy (hence what is important is not what you failed, but what you perform.)

155. There are two types – one person who knows he sins, and the other that the Yetzer Hara convinces him that he is a Tzaddik and others think this way about him too – while the former has a hope of repentance – the latter, self-obsessed will never.

Note 137. When a person serves God but for his personal benefit, this is like a sin.

156. One of the tricks of the Yetzer Hara is to induce arrogance after doing good.

Note 158. The Baal Shem Tov said, getting rid of arrogance is compared to fulfilling the whole Torah.

157. There are two Tzaddikim – one who banishes the Yetzer Hara – the other who captures – the latter is better – this is like two people – that had to deal with a robber – they waited and when the thief came shouted “thief,” the second figured he may come back so he waited, and when the thief came captured him.

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