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Don’t Be Afraid of Your Broken Places; That’s Where the Light Is Hiding

You Must Search in the Place Where You Lost Your Treasure

1 hr 12 min

Class Summary:

This text-based class, on the Maamar Ani Ledodi by the Alter Rebbe, was presented by Rabbi YY Jacobson on Thursday, Parshas Ki Seitzei, 11 Elul, 5781, August 19, 2021, live from his home in Monsey, NY.

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    sam -2 years ago

    Love it: I am ruled by my infinity!

    That is what a Jew is: Yisroel. My Kal is my Sar. Wow.

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    Yehuda Zimmerman -2 years ago

    וירחמהו

    A beautiful class as always. One small point. The word וירחמהו means, and he will have mercy on Him - not that He will have mercy on you. That would be וירחמך. This appears in Devarim 13:18: ונתן לך רחמים ורחמך and even more clearly Dvarim 30:3: ושב ה' אלקיך את שבותך ורחמך. Therefore the usage of the word וירחמהו clearly means that we will have mercy on Him.

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    Sarah Goldberg -2 years ago

    Sure, the lion roars and is scary

    But the lion cares for his or her children. The cubs are not scared 

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      ziporah -2 years ago

      I daresay, the cub would run back if the Father roared for the sake of saving it from danger. 

      The mashal is not comparing Hashem to a lion. Lion in Hebrew is spelled 

      Aleph -- for the month of Elul (אלול)

      Reish  and Heh-- for Rosh Hashanah  and 

      Yud -- for Yom Kippur.  

      when the days of Elul and the Days of Awe are upon us. 

      We don't quake because the lions are all behind bars in the zoo.

      When our hearts are numb to the pain of the Shechina our hearts do not quake.  We all have some account up there.  The need is to push the heart to long for us to miss Hashem so much that we'll do what it takes to fix our lives.  We don't love Him enough.  

      A few days a year it behooves us to develop a little healthy fear of our own negligent behavior.  It might enrich our lives!

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  • Anonymous -2 years ago

    essay

    see https://www.theyeshiva.net/jewish/903/essay-parshas-eikve-elul-never-broken

    The Final Month

    In less than two weeks, we will commence the last month of the Hebrew calendar, known as the month of Elul, when we bid farewell to a year gone by, and prepare to embrace a new one in its stead, beginning on Rosh Hashanah.The great sage and mystic Rabbi Nathan Shapiro (d. 1640 in Krakow, Poland) writes[1] that the four Hebrew letters of the name Elul (spelled Aleph, Lamed, Vuv, Lamed) is the acronym of the four Hebrew words “Aron, Luchos, V’shevrei, Luchos” (which also begin with the Hebrew letters Aleph, Lamed, Vuv, Lamed). These words, quoted from the Talmud[2], mean this: “The Ark containing the whole tablets and the broken tablets.”What does this mean? In the book of Exodus, the Torah captures the dramatic tale of how, following the Revelation at Sinai, G-d carved out two tablets, engraved the Ten Commandments on them, and presented them to Moses on Mount Sinai. When Moses descended the mountain, however, he observed that the Israelites had created a golden calf as an idol. Seeing this, Moses threw the tablets from his hands and smashed them on the ground. After a powerful confrontation with G-d, Moses persuades Him, as it were, to forgive the Jewish people for their betrayal. Moses then, acting on G-d’s instructions, carves out a second pair of tablets, to replace the now smashed first ones. When the Ark was built to be located inside the holiest chamber in the Tabernacle the Jews erected in the desert, both sets of tablets were placed therein: the second whole pair of tablets, as well as the fragmented pieces of the first smashed tablets (2).But what is the connection to the month of Elul? Why does the name of this month symbolize this idea of the Ark containing both sets of Tablets, the complete ones, and the broken ones?The above story can provide insight. The unique power of the final month of the year, the name of which spells out the words “The Ark containing the whole Tablets and the broken Tablets” is this: This is the month that allows you to build in your personal life an “ark” which will contain not only your second complete tablets but will also embrace the broken pieces of your first tablets. This is the time when you are empowered and can pick up the broken pieces of your life and discover that there is a part of yourself that was never really broken.What is more, during this month you may lift up with tender love every broken component of your life, learning how each of them constituted another hue of wholesomeness.

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    Sarah Goldberg -2 years ago

    "Go to the broken places" to heal

    This is said about the individual. 

    But....it is also true about Creation in general. The  world was made and the vessels shattered, the sparks scattered. The job of the collective is to gather the sparks and the shattered pieces back to a unified whole 

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  • Anonymous -2 years ago

    The Ramchal writes that Hkbh always has his light that wants to shine on us but our windows our dirty and do not allow that light to enter and we need to just clean the windows to allow the light in. Perhaps based on the Maamar we could say that we need to clean the windows in order to let that light within us to be able to shine and project outwards and influence others and that is the rachmanus for hkbh that our light will help those that he wants to help.

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    Sarah Goldberg -2 years ago

    Not only "be here" (not there) but also "now" (not before or later)

    I.e. "Be here now".

    Live in the present and not the past or future.  Live where you are and not someplace else.

    Throughout life making the proper choices and responses (the only matters within our control, all else being up to Him, by hashgocha and pre-ordained); in the here and now is all we can, and should do.

    And this is the meaning of "Avraham came with his days". He made correct choices and responses in the here and now at every moment of his life. His life was wall to wall daily correct choices and responses, always In the here and now.

    One cannot make correct choices and responses in the past or future. One cannot make correct choices and responses somewhere else. One must chose and respond correctly only here and now. 

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    Sarah Goldberg -2 years ago

    It seems that there are 3 levels of habitation

    1. Desert. 2. Field. 3. City 

    Man was meant to live in cities. The Beis Hamigdash was in a city. The city. But our food comes from the field, a less habitated place. Both plant  and animal food.  

    Yet Torah was given dafka in the desert. And our nation was molded for 40 years in the desert. 

    When Hashem first revealed Himself to us it was far from us, in the desert. And then He drew us to Him in the desert to get the Torah. But now that we have the Torah He need only come to the field, an area closer to us as we dwell in cities. 

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  • Anonymous -2 years ago

    "אריה שאג מי לא יירא ר"ת אלול ר"ה יו"כ ה"ר"

    It does not seem this is a month that the melech is coming out to the field and being freindly with us?

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    Moishe -2 years ago

    The Rabbi apologizes for the delay, he will be on shortly

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    Sarah Goldberg -2 years ago

    The question was raised about the seeming contradiction

    That, whereas Hashem initiates (arousal from Above) when He goes into the field to make Himself accessible to us, yet we say "Ani l'Dodi", i.e. I am to my beloved, (arousal from below)  first. Who initiates? Hashem or His people? 

    Can we say that Avraham initiated when he sought Hashem and Hashem responded with "Lech licha"? Can we say that Hashem initiated when He took us out of Mitzrayim and when He offered us the Torah? Can we say that we initiated on Purim which eliminated the coercive aspect at Har Sinai? On a micro level a yid initiates when he begins to seek Hashem and Hashem responds. 

    Who initiates with Moshiach? Us, with the accumulative collective avoda over the millenia or Hashem when he sends the ultimate redeemer whose time has come? 

    Although proper etiquette usually requires the man to initiate in our relationships down here, and Hashem is likened to the male while we are the female aspect; it would seem from some of the above examples that it's been an alternating pattern where both He and us initiate in turn. 

    This answers the first question. 

    Ultimately one must say that, being that Hashem had a vision, so to speak, of creation and His people before creation, that it was He who not only initiated, but created based on that vision and created, enabling us to even exist and respond to initiation or initiate on our own. 

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  • Anonymous -2 years ago

    In the end of סעיף א he mentions being able to achive the level of בטל רצונך how does that fit with the king coming to the field which shows on me still being with my lower and unworked out parts of self?

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Chassidus: Likkutei Torah Ani Ledodi #2

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