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Can You Feel Compassion for Existence?

When Chanah Has No Children, She Connects to That Which Is Above G-d's Name

47 min

Class Summary:

This class was presented on Monday Parshas Terumah, 29 Shevat, 5780, February 24, 2020, at the Ohr Chaim Shul, Monsey, NY 

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    Moshe -4 years ago

    It was said that in golus, free choice is curtailed

    Which makes sense. A prisoner is not free to do as he pleases. His movements and schedule are  restricted or dictated. It is living under compulsion.  But not his thoughts.  

    True about our general state of  golus as well. Especially psychologically.  Not only we alive today (at least most of us) but for 2,000 years now we have been living with a golus mentality.  It feels normal. It isn't true  for a few who  an see beyond. "Open your eyes".. Rubashkin was in  a place they call prison but he didn't let it affect his yiddishkeit   

    Certainly the  yidden in  mitzrayim were in golus with free choice restricted. Ironically, Pharoah, who enslaved the  yidden eventually had his free choice  removed. 

    The Frierdericker Rebbe in prison showed that golus or jail might restrict certain aspects of  life but can never totally eliminate free choice. Ditto the Alter Rebbe who needed to  say kiddush kavana. 

    A point was made that once one has seen more, realized more, gone deeper, experienced more, one cant go back to the situation and  mentality before that experience  

    Chana  daveed "al" Hashem. "On" Hashem. Reflexive form of verb.  She davened to herself, to the soul, the part of  Hashem within her. And in  so doing, set the template for tefilla going forward.  

    Later in the gemora shiur, it was said that that one can designate a  korban, a specific korban that, if damaged, need not be replaced. Or, one can obligate ones self to  bring a korban, which must be replaced if the first damaged. .  Also "Alav", the same reflexive form "upon one's self", not upon the object.  

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  • Anonymous -4 years ago

    Very depressing Mamar. First one has to get rid of any bit of self as he says that it is impossible to be a kli kibul unless one purifies himself from any connection to the vanities of this world (even things that are permittied). Then once one reaches that level your not done yet and still need "lasis etzos benafsho" to the level of complete mesirus nefesh and then you could arouse the Rachamim as he says that our request is to not drown in this world - if one is still choosing to be connected to this wolrd (and is still like the dirty kli) how could he have the audacity to ask for rachamim (to pour wine into my unclean vessel). Sounds like a Mamar only for someone like chana, not someone like myself.

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      Zeev -4 years ago


      If the Alter Rebbe were saying that "This is the madreiga that you have to reach, you need to be a Chana or you're just a loser" then that would be very depressing. But, like every other maamar of the Alter Rebbe, that's not what I hear him saying. 
      Rather, when I learn this maamar I hear the Alter Rebbe saying gently: "Come, let me help you understand why you feel so much pain, sadness and loneliness in your life. Let me take you by the hand and show you what's really happening deep inside your soul, what you truly are yearning for, why you never feel satisfied with who you are. Let me show you how your soul is so much deeper and richer than you ever imagined, what it really means to be a partner with the infinite. I know you'll never be a Chana, but I'm writing this maamar especially for you. I know you'll always be struggling with the mundane nonsense of life. But come with me and let me show you the Chana that lies deep inside you so that you learn to cherish your seemingly mundane struggles and see them through the lens of the Infinite. And, perhaps most importantly, let me show you how your very existence invokes Infinite Divine compassion. Now, can you also look at yourself, your own struggles and your very existence with that same sense compassion".
      That's what I hear the Alter Rebbe saying in this maamar. So not depressing.

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    moshe heber -4 years ago

    Just a quick note; today in the Chassidus Shiur you came upon a Roshei Teves of Beis Pay Ayin בפ״ע.

    I just want to point out it reads as: בפנימיות עצמותו

    In the new print they wrote it on the bottom of the page in the name of the Rebbe Rashab.

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Rabbi YY Jacobson

  • February 24, 2020
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  • 29 Sh'vat 5780
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