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Why Does G-d Allow You to Destroy Your Life?

At Every Moment, I Can Align Myself With That Which Transcends Time

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This class was presented on Tuesday Parshas Ki Savo, 17 Elul, 5779, September 17, 2019 at the Ohr Chaim Shul, Monsey, NY 

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    Rachel -4 years ago

    People are struggling with this maamar.


    Perhaps time and space is the umbilical cord for most people. To cut themself off even just with imagination is too frightening. It’s opening up to all the truth that deep down we don’t want to know, because we can then never return to our world as we knew it before the maamar.


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      Zev -4 years ago

      I have some thoughts that may or may not be helpful in getting people to "experience" this maamar.

      Someone asked you today if there was a mechanism or an exercise to experience this place. I think that to some extent there is. 

      I once sat in a meditation group where we did the following exercise: He guided us to a place of getting in touch with awareness, sitting in that place that is the observer of my thoughts feelings and experiences, identifying with that place, BEING that place. The next step in the meditation was to recall a memory from our childhood. Any memory. He guided us to notice that there is literally nothing the same between me today and me as that child. The thoughts and feelings are different, the experiences are different, the body is different, the cells are different, etc, etc....So what's the same? What makes that child of 30 years ago the same ME that is here today? Why do we never question if that really was ME?
      But now notice if that place of awareness from which the child observed the world is the same place of awareness from which I see the world today. Has the observer changed? Is the container of awareness that i call ME any different today than it was then? Has it been touched by the thoughts feelings and experiences of my life? Has it changed over time?
      Based on this meditation I might understand the maamar in the following way.
      There is no ratza v'shov inside of pure awareness. When I identify with the pure awareness that sits above my inner and outer experiences, I'm sitting above all of the Ratza v'shov of the universe. Pure awareness is timeless. By connecting to it we can touch a timeless place inside of us. Maybe real teshuva is only possible when my experience of everything I did in the past is from a place of timeless awareness because viewed from that place I no longer identify with the actions, but rather I am the timeless place within which these actions took place.
      I think what the Alter Rebbe is talking about in this maamar goes far beyond anything I'm describing here or anything I can possibly experience in this meditation, but I think that it at least gives us a glimpse or maybe provides us with a metaphor to help experience what he's describing.

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    Rachel -4 years ago

    This maimar allowed me to experience a deep place inside myself from where I could watch simultaneously time and timelessness. Seeing life from the perspective of time I experience all the different frustrations of life. So much untold pain and suffering. So much trauma, abuse, anxieties, noise, chaos and tragedies.  Together with that I experience something else. I experience the focus, intensity and seriousness with which I was taking life under the spell of time, how personal I made every encounter and experience coming my way. I allowed my whole being to absorb every experience deeply with no Divine filter. I realized now that I lived in this very narrow and only reality.
    Through this maimar I was able to watch simultaneously all the above intensity but something else opened up in my narrow zimzum Iife I lived in for so long. I began to see all of the pain, suffering and chaos through the lens of timelessness. There was so much more infinite reality in my life than only my narrow finite zimzum reality. Things shifted. Life began to take on a different spin. I began to see life not so personal, not so intense, not so cruel and punishing. I opened myself up and then saw life in a much, much larger dimension.  I could watch both at the same time, infinite Divinity and finite Divinity at work simultaneously.
    After such an experience I had to re-evaluate all paradigms and conclusions. I had to realize that if I want to free myself from habitual thinking and golus assumptions and get in touch with Divine and liberating truth that will open me up to receive more of the Rebbe’s amazing teachings, it is this maimar that is giving me this unbelievable opportunity.

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  • Anonymous -4 years ago

    Hi, Amazing shiur.

    What is the explaintion of כולא קמיה כלא חשיב, is it that all of creation is insignificont compared to god?

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Chassidus: Likkutei Torah Rosh Hashanah - Mi Keil Kamocha #5

Rabbi YY Jacobson

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