Monday, July 2, 2012

The Search for The True Tzaddik (part 1)

27 Adar One 5717 (1957)
Tiberias

A good life and a long life in honor of the treasury of wisdom and Knowledge, who searches for truth and seeks faith, beloved like my own soul, Mr. Zalman Shazar. May G-d be with him and open his heart and eyes and ears to see and hear and understand the truth.

It is good to thank G-d who arranged with His wondrous providence that I succeeded to recognize the greatness and preciousness of your great stature after many years of having heard about your great name from my close friend, Reb Meir Anshin. And from then on I greatly desired to meet with you and I did not succeed in this. But your strong yearning for the truth was the cause of G-d arranging with his wondrous kindness that I merited to see you and to connect with you in the love of truth. To my knowlege there are hidden in this hints with a number of postive implications. Although in truth I am completely simple person; however a small piece of wood can ignite and burn a very large piece. And if, however, we are at the bottom point of the most humble level, as we know about ourselves that our appearance is not graceful at all, for a storm wind and a great cloud storm darken greatly, especially in these our days. However G-d already introduced a cure and a total rectification through the rivers and streams of the true wisdom of the true tzaddik. And whoever will hide himself in the shade of his wings and will go in the ways of his teachings, and will cast away from himself all other wisdoms, and will throw away his intellect completely, as though he has no intelligence except for what he receives from the tzaddik. certainly he will have a complete rectification., in ultimate perfection no matter who he is.



7 comments:

  1. It says

    But your strong yearning for the truth was the cause of G-d arranging with his wondrous kindness that I merited to see you and to connect with you in the love of truth

    This is a cool thought. Anyone else see how this is the same with you? How have you come to know Saba Yisroel? How have you connected with him? Could it be your/our strong yearing for the truth that God arranged us to find him?

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    1. Everything that happens to us is from Hashem. He is giving you an opportunity to see what it means to be Jew, which means serving Hashem through Torah and mitzvos. Saba believed that for our generation and until Mashiach comes, Rabbi Nachman is the ultimate guide for the Jewish people for how to be a Jew. Saba said this means to learn the Shulchan Aruch (or the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch) and to follow Rabbis Nachman's advice in his books about how to succeed in Torah and mitzvos. Saba's letters are also very inspiring for me. His goal was to inspire us to serve and connect to Hashem by connecting to the Rebbe of all the Jews - Rabbi Nachman - and by following his advice in how to serve Hashem.

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  2. Also I would like to look at this statement;

    And whoever will hide himself in the shade of his wings and will go in the ways of his teachings, and will cast away from himself all other wisdoms, and will throw away his intellect completely, as though he has no intelligence except for what he receives from the tzaddik. certainly he will have a complete rectification., in ultimate perfection no matter who he is.

    So this, is this the main goal? to throw away intelligence completly and only recieve from the tzaddik?

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    And whoever will hide himself in the shade of his wings and will go in the ways of his teachings, and will cast away from himself all other wisdoms, and will throw away his intellect completely...

    Does this mean, not searching the wisdoms of the world? Could this be a hang up for others? trying to figure it out with the intellect? maybe even a hang up for myself?

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    "certainly he will have a complete rectification., in ultimate perfection no matter who he is."

    no matter who he is? Lowlest of low? non observant? Jew or non Jew?

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  3. Yes, throw away your brain. All the wisdom of eternal life and all the wisdom that we seek in this world is all in the books and teachings of Rebbe Nachman. Yes, He did promise to rectify the whole world. even me.

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  4. yes, even non- jew, but in the end everything is jewish. everyone.

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    1. I don't understand what you mean that "in the end everyone is Jewish". Even Saba says that a gentile can convert only until Mashiach comes, but not after.

      A Righteous Gentile - one who abandons idolatry and believes in the G-d of Israel and keeps the mitzvos that are meant for all human beings is assured of a share in the World to Come. To get even closer to Hashem, a person would need to join the Jewish people and accept upon himself the entire Torah. This is a higher level of rectification because it entails much more responsibility and work and sacrifice.

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  5. We can't understand with our human intellect many of Rabbi Nachman's lessons and advice - for example tikkun haklali. We can't use our human intellect to understand it and this could lead us to throw his advice away. Instead he tells us to "throw away our brain" and take his advice. According to Rabbi Nachman, you can't use philosophy to understand Rabbi Nachman or even the Torah. He believed it would only confuse you even more and take you away from doing Torah and mitzvos and from listening to the Tzadik's advice.

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