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The Challenge & Blessing of Institutionalized Judaism

The Spies Were Afraid that Dogma Would Replace Inspiration

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The Challenge & Blessing of Institutionalized Judaism - The Spies Were Afraid that Dogma Would Replace Inspiration

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    Dovid Meshchaninov -11 years ago

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    Thank you Rabbi Y.Y. for this wonderful class. You are an amazing teacher and may Hahsem help you continue spreading Torah!!

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    dovid kaplan -11 years ago

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    student -11 years ago

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      Anonymous -11 years ago


      ספר מאמרי אדמו"ר הזקן בעל התניא על פרשיות התורה חלק ב פ' שלח ע' תריט מאמר דיבור המתחיל להבין ענין אוכלת יושביה היא:

      להבין ענין אוכלת יושבי׳ היא כו'.

      דטענת המרגלים הי׳ על ארץ ישראל שמעלתה נכבדת ביותר עד שיפול הנופל ממנה ח״ו לגמרי.

      והוא בהיות שענין ארץ ישראל היא בחי׳ עשי׳ שבאצי׳ והוא בחי׳ המשכת האצי׳ במעשה דוקא כמו בגילוי אלקות במעשה המצות ובלימוד התורה וכו'


      שזהו היפוך ההתלהבות והדביקות שמצד הדביקות הנפלא לא יוכל להשפיל עצמו להשתדל במעשה בלבד כו'.


      אבל כאשר יגיע לבחי׳ הביטול במציאות דמ״ה שבחכמה (ש)עד שאינו מרגיש עצמותו כלל ליש ודבר מה שיתפס מקום בעיניו ההתלהבות כו' יוכל לבטל עצמותו ולהיות משתדל במעשה בלבד מפני שאיננו חפץ רק רצון ה׳ לעשות נח״ר לפניו והוא דבר ה׳ זו הלכה שממילא הוא בתוך דברי ההלכה והוא אינו עושה כלום כו' וכמ״ש במ״א ועד״ז במעשה המצוה בדרך קרירות כו' וד״ל.


      ואמנם יוכל ליפול הנופל ממדרגת הביטול עד שיתקרר לגמרי ויתגשם באמרו אין לי אלא תורה כו' הלבוש לבד כו' וכיוצא בזה וכענין לא זכה כו'.


      וזהו אוכלת יושביה היא שיוכל להתבטל מאוי״ר לגמרי ע״י סיבת הנחת עצמותו שע״י הביטול האמיתי כו' וד״ל.


       והשיב להם כלב סר צלם מעליהם כו' כי ה׳ אתנו פי' הגם שיוכל ליפול הנופל ה׳ איש מלחמה כתיב והוא יכול להקימו מנפילתו מאחר שבתורה ומצות יש בחי׳ גילוי אלקות ממש ואעפ״י שנתגשם מאור שבה מחזירו כו'.


      שהרי כל עיקר הענין במצות הוא הבירורים לברר הטוב מן הרע שזהו ג״כ מלחמה כידוע וע״ז נאמר ה׳ איש מלחמה במלחמת של תורה ומצות לברר בירורי׳ וא״כ גם בנפש האדם שנפל ביכולתו להקימו כי סר צלם ונתבררו ע״י התורה כי ה׳ אתנו וד״ל. משא״כ במדרגת ההתלהבות כשיפול הנופל ממנה אין מי להקימה מאחר שהיא יש ודבר ורחוק(ה) מה׳ כו' וד״ל.


      To understand what the spies said, that this is a “Land which consumes its inhabitants.”

      The spies claimed that Eretz Yisroel is such a lofty spiritual place that if a person was to fall from there, he would never be able to rise again, G-d forbid.


      This reason for this is, Eretz Yisroel embodies the level of Asiya ShebeAtzilus [the level of action within the world of emanation i.e. an extremely lofty state of existence.] This means that Eretz Yisroel communicates the level of Atzilus in the physical world of action. For example, the G-dly revelation within the performance of a Mitzvah or the study of Torah etc.


      Now, this [the level of action - performing mitzvos] is the exact opposite of Hislahavus [enthusiasm] and Devikus [cleaving]. When a person is in a state of intense cleaving to G-d, he is unable to “lower” himself and involve himself in mere acts etc.


      However, when a person reached the level of absolute selflessness of Ma shebeChochma, [lit. What of Wisdom i.e. when the brain makes room for wisdom to enter] he is at a level where he does not sense himself or his desires as being important at all etc. He is then able to “lower” himself and become involved in mere actions, because he has no desire other than fulfilling G-d’s “will” and causing pleasure to G-d. This is “the word of Hashem = Halacha.” G-d is present automatically within Halacha, without the person doing anything [there is thus no “I” involved in this type of study.]  And similarly in performing the physical mitzvos even in a state of coldness.


      However, it is possible for the person to fall from this level of selflessness to a point that he becomes totally apathetic and coarse and says, “I only possess Torah,” etc, “only the garment,” etc, and similar statements. And like the concept of “if he does not merit…” [the Torah becomes poison, Taanis 7a.]


      This is the meaning of, “[The land] consumes its inhabitants.” He is able to forfeit love and awe as a result of the self-suspension through true selflessness.


      Kalev responded to the spies, “their protection has been removed from them… for Hashem is with us.” This means, although a person may fall, nevertheless it says, “Hashem is a man of war,” and the person will be able to rise from his fallen state since the Torah and mitzvos contain within them real G-dly revelation. And even though he has become  coarse, nevertheless, the light that is within the Torah and mitzvos [and thereby within his soul] will bring him back.


      For the primary aspect within the mitzvos are the “birurim” [elevated sparks] – to elevate the good from the evil, which is also a war as it is known. About this it is said, “Hashem is a man of war” in the battle of Torah and mitzvos to extract the holy sparks. With this being the case, even if a person fell he can rise again because “their protection has been removed” – it has been elevated through Torah – “for Hashem is with us.”

      However, with the  state of Hislahavus, when the person falls from it there is no one who can restore him, since he has his own ego, and is distant from Hashem, etc

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Rabbi YY Jacobson

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  • 16 Sivan 5773
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Dedicated to a great mother and wife, Pascale Shoshana Sasson
 from her loving Pisarevsky children, Benjamin, Maya, Leah , Joseph and Tally
and her husband David
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