New Quotes From The Baal Shem Tov – Vayishlach

  1. The Shechina is called Yaakov.  Eden – this is achieved through fulfiling the Mitzvos which are the 620 Pillars of Light.

3. King David said, “Only good and kindness will chase after me.” Explains the Baal Shem Tov, often God wishes to bestow a goodness and kindness such as a business deal a person may benefit from – but the person not realizing, may turn their back – so King David praying for the Jewish people said, may the good you desire for me, chase me and force me.

Note 1 The Baal Shem Tov Prayed – I know that the bad is also for the good – but because you are God and not a limited man and therefore you can transform the very bad to literally be good – that though there will be no trace of bad – nonetheless it will be good in everything – that whatever needs to be rectified will be through the good itself.

The Baal Shem Tov says when a person needs a miracle they should donate 18 Gedulin (perhaps 18 of any currency) in order to buy candles for the Synagogue – and they should say “I promise these 18 Gedulin for candles, for the soul of Our Master Rebbi Meir, The Master of Miracles – God of Rabbi Meir Answer Us, God Of Rabbi Meir Answer Us – and then say the specific requests you have… – and then say, “May It Be Your Will Before You, God Our God, And God Of Our Forefathers, That Just As You Hearkened To The Prayer of Your Servant Meir, And You Did Miracles And Wonders, So Too Shall You Do For Me, And Your Entire Nation Of Israel Who Need Miracles, Both Hidden And Reveled – Amen So May It Be Your Will.”

4. A persons constant fear of God should match the level they would feel when God forbid something terrible to them occurred (which wakes a person up…)

5. The Baal Shem Tov gives an example – in the olden days there were foot solders who would face the enemy and horse riders – they would chain the legs of the foot soldiers together – so when the battle is difficult, the foot soldiers give their life happily for the king, while the riders can run away – now if the battle is won, the riders run to take the booty, whereas the foot soldiers are content with but a bit of bread and water – in any event, they can’t carry much, and they rely on the king – saying, the king who owns it all will certainly care for his people – after all, it is we who won the war.

The analogy is that in this world, there are those who serve God and they draw down God’s blessing, then there are those who are materialistic – so those who serve God, figure, as they are drawing in the blessing the materialistic people (who receive from their blessings) certainly will bestow – but the materialistic people say, “all belongs to me” – so they appeal to the king, who knowing that all came because of the holy ones, therefore to them is bestowed (probably in Moshiach.)

  1. When the Head of The Generation humbles Himself to the Shechina (the Divine voice within) then this causes, so too the entire generation.

    Note 3

    Those who love (and least don’t hate) the head of the generation, then the Shechina and the blessings that come through him, go to them.

The blessings for the generation come through the head of the generation.

The Shechina comes to the entire generation out of the head.

  • The entire generation is included in the Head – those who are Torah scholars are the Tzurah “form” spirit, and the rest are the body – now when the soul is special, so too the body (and it also works the other way,) so to uplift your generation, you must uplift yourself.  
  • The entire Jewish people are a single entity, Soul and a body, and just as the body needs the soul, the soul needs the body – so separate yourself not from the Jewish people, rather look after them.
  • Our Sages Teach That God called Yaakov – E-l, because a Tzaddik is one who subdues, his Yetzer Hara and the Divne name El represents strength.
  • All speech is comprised of the 22 Hebrew letters (sounds…) so when one wastes time and is speaking – chatting or even saying Lashoin Hara – but later uses those same words to study Torah, then this elevates the former.  

12 The person who studies Torah, even when they are using their speech for regular things, the speech itself – as it is drawn from a holy-soul becomes holy, but the person who is simply selfish, when they use their speech – as ultimately the necessities of life are then simply about self-interest – this too is kelipah.

13. It is known from the Baal Shem Tov that when we speak our life-force exits, but when we speak holy things such as Torah and prayer, you get a new energy – similar to Ratzu Vshuv.

14. There are katnus (constricted (fear based) thinking and gadlus expansive (love based) thinking in the three dimensions of time space and soul – when the world is in a state of constriction – this in fact is the main Avodah (service of God) to serve and reach higher heights (in narrow minded times) likewise a person can be doing their work, but their heart is filled with love.

Note 10

Sometimes a Tzaddik must involve himself in worldly affairs, – a fool may look and think a. if he is (how much more so me..) 2. This is the way (to go..)

15. The Mishna says “warm yourself from the light of the sages, but be careful of the hot coals… so you don’t get burned” – a person should have reverence for their master – too far you will get cold, too close you can be burned.

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