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Tanya In Simple English Chapter 34



It is well known that the forefathers were a Merkavah / vehicle to fulfill the Divine will.

All the days of their lives, they continuously bound their knowledge and soul to the Creator with this contemplation, that He and the universe and they are all one.

Following them all the prophets, each based on the level of their soul and comprehension, did likewise.

The level of Moses our Master was beyond all of them, for it said about him, that God spoke through his voice.

Something similar to this revelation (awareness) the Jewish people received at Mount Sinai.

However they were not able to maintain this awareness – as our sages say, that in each revelation their souls departed and had to be revived.

This is the concept of Bittul Bemitzius – to become one with the Divine energy.

As they could not maintain this awareness, they were commanded to make a Mishkan and in it to the Holy of Holies so that the Divinity of God – the Shechina, which is a revelation of the unity of God, could reside.

And when after the Holy Temple was destroyed our sages say, God’s presence dwells in the study of Torah laws – for this is His will and wisdom, as they were laid out in the laws of the code of Jewish law.

As such, after a person considers how the entire universe is one with God as mentioned – then a person should say to themselves “as my mind and the source of My Soul Is not Great enough, to continuously hold this concept and to be a continuous vehicle for the oneness of God” as in actual truth no mind can truly grasp God at all – in any way shape or form! and can ever reach the understanding of Forefathers and Prophets – as such, I will cause that I will be be a Mishkan / dwelling place for God, when I study Torah, using the free time I have, to set scheduled study times, every morning and every evening – as is the law of how much to Study – and as I say even but one chapter in the morning and evening…. In this my heart will be filled with joy and I will give great thanks on how fortunate I am, with a joy and glad heart, that I have been privileged to host God many times or twice during the day – based on the time God has given me and if there is extra time, I will add extra Torah study. And even the time that one works, one can be a home and a Mishkan for God, as when you give charity, which is one of the attributes of God “As He is compassionate, so must we” as it states in Tikkunim “Chessed / kindness is God’s right hand” and though I may possibly only be giving a fifth of my income, but this elevates the other 4/5 to God – causing that all the time that went into making the money, all becomes a fitting dwelling for God, as our sages teach, that the commandment to give charity is equivalent to all the sacrifices! and we know that by sacrifices, that all animals would be elevated to God, through the single one that was sacrificed… similarly all the vegetation would elevate through a single tenth of an Eifah of fine flour mixed with oil etc.

In addition whenever we study Torah and prayer, everything that we eat and drink and have pleasure from to sustain our body, elevates up to God, as we will discuss later.

Now all the specific joys of the soul that we have just mentioned, do not prevent one from simultaneously seeing oneself as despicable and having a broken and humble heart and simultaneously rejoicing – as the cause of the self repulsion is based on the evil of the animal soul in the body, while the source of the joy comes from The Godly soul and the spark of God which is in it – that causes it to be alive, as mentioned before in (Chapter 31) and this is similar to what it states in the Zohar that one should have crying in one side of the heart, and rejoicing the other side of the heart.

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If what I am hearing from the military which is China is basically trying to be a superpower – then what they don’t realize, that in an age of nuclear weapons, not to mention of a higher consciousness of goodness, kindness, humaness, which is much much more honored than brute Force, tyranny and repression – the notion of power itself, not only is not laudable, it is actually unless used for the benefit of humanity quite reprehensible

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Tanya In Simple English Chapter 32



Now by doing all of these things, namely that one’s body should be despicable in their eyes and one’s Joy should only be the joy of the Soul – this is an easy way to achieve the fulfillment of the Mitzvah “To Love Your Fellow Jew,” including each and every single Jew, from the greatest to the smallest.

As one’s body is despicable to themselves – but the Soul and Spirit, it is impossible to estimate it’s greatness in its source in God-Himself.

And therefore those who consider the body most important but their soul not as important – they can never have true love, for their love being intrinsically selfish as the body is, is only based on something that is in it for themselves – in contrast All souls at the source are one; and they have one father! and therefore all Jews are literally brothers and sisters, based on their singular source in God, only their bodies are separate.

And this is what Hillel the Elder meant when he said regarding the Mitzvah to love your fellow Jew – “This is the entire Torah, and the rest is only the explanation of it.”

As the very premise and basis of the entire Torah is to make what is most dominant and important in your life, Your SOUL – in contrast to your body, and in fact, realize, that your soul is the source of all universes – and also to draw the Divine Infinity into the general soul of all Jews, as we will speak about in further chapters – in other words, in the source of all Jewish souls, that this unity of God and source of Jewish souls, like two flames in one fire, merge.

However if there is a separation God-forbid in the souls, then God cannot dwell in a broken palace, as it is written “Bless us God, Bless us our father, Bless us as one. Bless us with the light of your face,” as we spoke about elsewhere at length – in other words, when we are one; is the ability for Divinity to penetrate and unite with us.

And this that it is written in the Gemarah that a person who sees that his friend sins, it is a Mitzvah to hate him and also to tell his Rabbi to hate him, this only refers to a colleague in Torah and Mitzvahs – in addition the individual has already reprimanded or tried to educate them and nonetheless they refuse to cease sinning as spoken about in The Book of Chareidim – however anyone who is not a friend / colleague… then you must apply what Hillel the Elder said, “Be like the students of Aaron, Love peace, Love people and draw them close to the Torah” in other words, even somebody who is so distant from God’s Torah and His service and he’s only referred to by the very fact that he is a creation of God alone, must be loved with great ropes of love; and maybe you can cause them to also study Torah and serve God, but even if you’re unsuccessful, you have still fulfilled the mitzvah To love him / your fellow.

And those who are close to you and you have reprimanded them and they have not stop sinning, where there is a Mitzvah to hate them, it is also simultaneous a Mitzvah to love them.

Now both of these can coexist, because one can be upset about the bad in another and love another based on their intrinsic goodness which is the Divine soul that is giving life to their Godly soul, and one can also have great compassion for them in their hearts – as The Godly soul is in exile in the evil of the Sitra Achara of this person who is dominated the wicked; and compassion eliminates anger/hate and it causes the Awakening of love – as is known, from what is written, that ” Jacob is compassion, Abraham is love” and whereas love may sometimes turn to hate / anger – compassion turns anger back to love (and King David who said “I hate those who hate you God, was referring only to the willful deniers of God who have no part in the GOD of Israel as it says in the Talmud the beginning of chapter 16 of Shabbos.)