Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Tzaddik Repairs Us
Beloved of my heart, Mr. Zalman Shazar, who grows and sprouts forth from the drops of Gan Eden of the tzaddik, who is the root of the soul of the Messiah. The root of all the springs of wisdom. Who is able to raise up and renew the world for good. To tie and draw everyone to G-d. Even those very very distant in the worst essence of estrangement. Life and peace.
My heartfelt brother; Don't be afraid. G-d is with you, near you, loves you. The tzaddik calls and shouts to us in a very strong and deep voice: Gevald! Do not let yourself despair! There is no such thing as despair! There is a concept that everything is transformed for the good! Dear heartfelt brother: Look well and contemplate the threat and powerful miracle and awesome kindness that the Master of Wonders has done for us in a time of darkness like this. Who has opened your eyes to see this pint of ultimate truth, that is impossible to hide from our minds in any manner: that we have merited to be in the portion of the true tzaddik. the new, great, and awesome light.
Even if the war is long and very fierce. And the great provocations with which they provoke us are without measure, and our deeds are as they are. Until we have fallen miserably to the greatest depths of the seas. Even so g-d will finish his with certainty and not as single one of all those thoughts of repentance that come to a person in the days of his life is lost. Even though he does not yet merit proper repentance. And even if the Satan overcomes him afterwards even more and he falls down deeper and deeper, G-d forbid. Even so, whenever he is aroused occasionally with the smallest thought of repentance like a hairs breadth, this is never lost. And in the end he will be repaired through this, throught the convocation of his thoughts of repentance. In the strength of the true tzaddik, the leader and merciful one. Who justifies all of Israel. And looks at only the good that is in each member of Israel. And he gathers and finds all the good points that are in everyone, even to a hairs breadth. And makes them wondrous vessels an tubes to draw down Divine comprehension though them to each person, even to those who have fallen and descended greatly, to enlighten them that G0d still is with them and near them and that this their main hope and rectification. The main salvation comes only through faith. And the trait of faith is accodrding to the Leader of the generation. One must see to it to fill up the faith through the illumination from the tzaddik, who is the generalization from the Seven Shepherds, the seven seminal leaders of Judaism: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph, and David. For he shepherds the faith to fix and complete it. And for this reason he is called a shepherd. As in Psalms 37: " And shepherd faith". And the whole main faith of Israel he brings to the generation. And it is impossible to draw near to this Tzaddik except through brazenness, as our sages of blessed memory stated:Be bold like a leopard. For there are shepherds on the side of evil. And they also are famous in there generation and there main dominion is through brazenness. And they are like dogs in their impudence, as in (Isaiah 56): "And the dogs of brazenness are the shepherds". As in: "the face of the generation is like the face of the dog". Therefore, it is impossible at be saved from them, from their dominion, except through holy impudence. to stand up against their evil impudence. And then: "you lead with your brazenness to the splendid place through brazenness one may enter into holiness.
I shall conclude and say peace from the depths of my heart. A continuation will follow
Yisroel Dov Odesser
Personally I have no thoughts here... seems pretty self explanatory.. Anyone else have any thoughts please feel free to share.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The one who seeks your peace and success with fierce love, with all my heart and soul.
-Yisroel Dov Odesser -
-Yisroel Dov Odesser -
Hello nanachs, time to get back at it.... I stayed for awhile from this blog putting most my time into another. I want to restart this one again with its original intention. Which is to go through Blossoms of the spring and post questions for discussion. so we can learn together and grow together. This would be Super helpful for me as well as eachother. Lets make it a goal however to study together and do so in peace and love disagreements are fine but lets be respectful of one another and grow together. Please if you would be so willing to participate I would greatly appreciate it.
For those who dont know how it works I will post a letter and throughout post questions I have or thoughts in bold then we can discuss them in the comments area. Also if you have any points you want to bring up then you as well can post them. Please join me... No point in this blog if no one participates.
Much love Nanachs!!
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Saba True Religion!
(You said that your mother would give you for school a drop of oil on bread?) Yes. Yes. With a few drops. So I asked for a few more drops. So she told me, “What?” she screamed at me, “I need the oil for Sabbath. Do not speak at all, that's enough!” Afterwards I went and gave the bread with the drops of oil; I gave it to a poor man. There was in Tiberius a couple, an elder man and elder lady, and he would go begging. So I wanted to do charity and kindness, I took the bread, I didn't have money, I took the bread which my mother gave me and I went to the old man, this Jew, and I gave it to him. His name was Yosef Noach, that was his name, for I remember till this day his name, Yosef Noach, two names. This was after Succos and after the (weekly Torah portion of) Biraishes came the weekly portion Noach, and on Sunday I went and joyously gave him the bread with the drops of olive oil, I thought that I did great charity, he and his wife would eat, yes.
I went to school, and I didn't have what to eat, because I had given away the bread' yes. So I got a bad headache, I needed to eat but I didn't have. So my teacher, his practice was that on Sunday he would tell the students “This weeks Torah Portion is Noach”. Yes, he would repeat this many times in order that they should know that this week is the Torah Portion Noach. He looked at all the students, and he detected that I was not listening at all, as if I wasn't in school, I don't hear at all, and do not know what-so-ever. So he left me, and then he called upon me, “Yisroel Ber! Tell which Torah portion is this week.” And I didn't know and didn't hear, just my head hurt me, that's all I knew, and I didn't hear at all what he said! Nu Nu … he hit me with cruelty, “What's this?! I said many times that this week’s Torah portion is Noach, where were you?! You do not listen?! What is this?! Where were you?! I give out my throat for nothing?!” He hit me, and I was embarrassed in front of all the students. He wanted them all to see and be afraid. The shame is impossible to describe, he hit me so much with cruelty. (How old were you?) little. (5, 6?) yes, approximately. Beginning to learn the Chumash (five books of Moses), the portion Noach. I said from now on I will no longer give away the bread, if I give away the bread I will receive a beating, I will not give and I will not receive blows, and I will know that the weekly Torah portion is the portion Noach. Even still, I gave the bread another time to this pauper/ This was by me all of Judaism. All that I heard about spirituality, about faith, about the Torah, was with me - I received new knowledge which hadn't appeared before, I didn't know from H”Y, from the Torah. I hear that there is the Torah and H”Y, so there was with me great happiness... I was the worst of all the children, the worst. I was born into poverty and I was also a weak child. Yes, I have miracles that I am alive, that I was able to live.... He wanted to know which children were good and which children were not good, so he suddenly left me, passed over, he asked this child, “Say which Torah portion it is this week.” But when he knew which portion, “Portion of Noach” ho ho, then he was already a good child, but there were children that didn't remember, it needed time that they could remind themselves, “portion of Noach”; suddenly he came upon me, “what is the weekly Torah portion?” I didn't know anything' as if I wasn't in this world, yes, in a different court, nu, he is expectant, he is waiting, he is expectant, maybe I will remember... I? “what is this” doesn't know anything, Noach, Noach? So he – he waited and waited for an answer and there is no answer, does not know. So he asks me, “Where were you? You were not here at all, where? In what world were you? What is this? You don't know? I speak and I give all my strength and you do not listen?” So he was very angry with me, and he hit me cruel blows. He hit me, “What is this? I speak just like that for nothing? And you do not listen? I speak and you do not know even the portion? Yes, do not know one word. “Where were you?!” Even still I saw that I need the bread, for I receive a beating, and such a beating! I suffered from the beating, and also I was embarrassed, I was humiliated before the children.... He didn't hit even one other, just Yisroel Ber! (And the demeaning started from then!), the disgrace was more, more painful than the beating. I tell all of this, so that we know how much H”Y loves simple wholesomeness. I wasn't an intellectual just the wholesomeness of the heart, I very much loved the Torah and the commandments and the faith and fear of Heaven, and when I saw someone learning, or he was simple/wholesome and was reciting Psalms, then I thought, ah – this man he is thinking of the true purpose, fortunate is this man, he is busy with Psalms and he studies!
Conversations with Saba Zeh Rebbeniu!
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Falsehood will be Transformed into Attachment
My heart and soul, Mr. Zalman Shazar, who purifies and polishes his soul with the exalted and completley new wonders that were revealed in these generations peace and life and all good.
(my words in bold italic)
Even one who merits to find himself a true friend, who recieved from the True Tzaddik words of truth. That genuinly help his soul, even so one still needs great exertion and much searching until he can find and comprehend the truth of his holy advice. Upon which depends the essence of Judaism. For it a very difficult to help a person with free will, except with the very very awesome kindness of G-d that the True Tzaddik draws down all the time. But one needs from this at least some arousal from below, and therefore the task of working with people to draw them to the ultimate Truth is very very deep; deep deep who can find it. And one needs for this much searching and seeking, both from the friend and from the student, and if they truly will search, certainly they will find!
Rabbeinu [our teacher], may the memory of teh Tzaddik be for a blessing, told Rabbi Yudel, of blessed memory, from Medvidevka, at the begining of his attachment [to Rebbe Nachman], that when one desires to draw near to theTruth then the falsehood becomes powerful. ANd when one overcomes the obstacles and words like these he spoke and rebuked him, until his father-in-law was very regretful about this, and that day onwards. And after Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac, may his memory be blessed, finished the shema, [Rabbeinu] appeared before him, and his heart became very filled with joy and happiness until he litterally restored his life. And in the morning Rabbeinu, may his memory be blessed, arose early and returned to his home, And from then on Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac, may his memory be blessed, toiled in G-d's service without ab obstructer or adversary!
Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda, may his memory be blessed, from Teplik, before his attachment to Rabbeinu, may the Tzaddiks memory be a blessing, was very famous in many towns, and people would give him redemption money [charity money given to a tzaddik to achieve expiation]. And afterwords, when he recognized the truth of Rabbeinu, may his memory be blessed, he abandoned and rejected his celebrated behavior and took upon himself the yoke of serving the blessed one with sincerity and simplicity. And also he did not turn his face away from all the shame and embarrassment that he had because of this. And he returned to G-d with all his heart and soul, like the other men of Rabbeinu, may his memory be blessed!
The faith alone, in that one believes in the Tzaddik and draws himself near to him, even if he will not get anything from him, this in itself is very good. For through the faith and the attachment alone his evil is consumed and he is transformed into the substance of the tzaddik, (the substance of the tzaddik? what does this mean)with the stipulation that his intent is for heaven. Rabbeinu, may his memory be blessed, rebuked one person who was close to him and became distant and afterwards returned and came back to him. He answered and said: "Even if many years pass by and one does not move and rise in his level, and just remains at his first level, as in the begining, and even if he is worse the before, as long as he is connected to the true tzaddik, the attachment itself is very good, without measure or value.(as long as he is attached to the true tzaddik this it self is very good without measure? so what is the point of going anywhere else? why not just stay on that level?) Behold there are people with me for whom I do not know if the deepest part of Hell was enough for them, and through me they became close to G-d!" (Wow can any one explain what he means here possibly in plain english laymen terms, more deapth... is he saying what I think he is?)
the one who seeks your peace and success with fierce love, with all my heart and soul.
Yisroel Dov Odesser
Friday, July 27, 2012
Be Strong in Overcoming Obstacles
(again my comments in bold italic)
My dear Mr. Zalman Shazar, who understands one thing from another: great peace.
You must pay attention to understand the subtle implications of our words, to recieve hints from them about the matter of attaching to the Tzaddik, in whose great power even one who is distant and has fallen into a deep endless descent is able to draw near to G-d [the Blessed L-rd]. Even if our deeds do not reflect favourably, and we have done what we have done, and damaged what we have damaged, and become estranged as we have, and have arrived to where we have, so that we have destroyed the house of wisdom, and burned the temple of intellect, and exiled our knowledge to the place of exile: Still G-d does His, and the kindensss of G-d are not exhausted and His mercies do not cease, One who goes in phyicality all his days and afterwords becomes inspired and wants to draw near to the tzaddik. Who will lead him in the ways of G-d; at that point the trait of harsh judgement accuses him and does not leave him alone and arranges a obstacle for him. And the fool, when he sees the obstacle, turns back. But one who is intelligent draws himself near precisley at that point. For in truth God himself is hidden in this obstacle. G-d does not send any person obstacles except according to his strength and ability to stand up to them if he wants to overcome them properly. Therefore really there is no obstacle at all, for all the obstacles are only a illuison. The main thing is to have a strong and couragres heart, and then nothing obstructs him from drawing near to the truth, for every obstacle is nullified for one who makes his heart strong and courages in G-d!!
People have more power then the evil urge to obstruct and entice the person and to distance him from G-d and from the True Tzaddik. Therefore one who wants truly to draw near to the truth needs to be very courges against there evil brazeness, and let his will be strong against theirs, not to be imbarresed by the scoffers. You should think that there is nothing in the world except he alone, unique in the world, and not to look at any person who obstructs him. To be like abraham was one [LM, intro to part 2], as though he is alone in the world. And through this you can merit to find G-d through searching and seeking alone, and that he requests, and seeks, and searches for his Blessed Glory. And precisley by overcomming such a powerful concealment, afterwords his Blessed Glory is elevated and exahaulted even more, and in the end everything is transformed for the good and the world is completely rectified!!!
Because of the preoccupation of Erev Shabbos Kodesh [prepreations for the holy sabbath] , it is imparative to conclude. Your beloved friend, who is connected to your heart everyday always, who truly entreats for your peace and wellfare.
(guess i have nothing to say about this it is just inspiring... Anyone else feel free to comment)
Yisroel Dov Odesser
Sunday, July 22, 2012
RebukeThe delight of my heart, finer then gold and pearls, Mr. Zalman Shazar. May the Almighty extend your years with the supreme pleasantness, in a manner that you will cast off and nullify your wisdom and intellect to the sweetness of the light of knowledge of the Tzaddik, the True Sage.
Heartfelt Brother, Gevald! [untranslatable Yiddish expression meaning approx. it cant be!] You are sleeping! How much longer will you sleep? The time is passing and roaring and storming and running and flying fast, more then the shadow of a bird that flies in the air, and it is possible that the day has come for the body to expire. And what shall we do for the last day? There is no wisdom and no advice except to flee to the True Tzaddik, the Elder of Elders, the Saba [literally grandfather, but connoting a very wise old Sage] of Sabin, the choice of the choicest Tzaddikim, who through, his mighty greatness and awesome power, is able to repair everything (again here we also see the True Tzaddik can repair everything). Even souls, that are so flawed and damaged that it is impossible for them to be repaired in any way.
Even though it is a great thing to rebuke ones friend when he sees that he is not acting properly, even so not every person is capable of rebuking. For the rebuke of someone who is not fit for this, not only does not help but even defiles the smell of the souls who hear his rebuke. For through his rebuke he arouses the bad smell of the evil deeds and evil characteristics of the people that he rebukes, and through that he weakens there souls. But the voice of the proper rebuker strengthens the power of the soul, because he adds and gives a good smell to the souls through th voice of his rebuke, and they merit to perfect faith. And through that the glory of G-d is greatly enhanced. For the main glory of G-d [the blessed L-rd] is when people who are outside of holiness bring themselves near inside the holiness. This is the main glory of G-d, and in such a manner is elevated and enhanced the name of the Holy One Blessed be He above and below. And through this peace is drawn down into the world. This matter of rebuke is from the things that I wrote two years ago to the prime minister, Mr. David Bengurion, it is worth requesting that he show you the letter, because it is very perinent.
Yisroel Dov Odesser