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Friday, December 08, 2006

Der gabbe's a faine son... 2.

....Well, yes it is, R. Yisroel speaks about the nefesh and the importance of correct conduct. But qualitatively (b'mchilus kvodo of R. Yisroel) this has the feel of indirect knowledge - writing about flying from an instruction manual, rather than after having flown the plane. One knows of the nefesh 'through its actions in the guf'. Iyun in Torah is about a thorough - but intellectual - analysis of the halochos so that one knows the reward and punishment for each sin. This is religion tamed and domesticated. In chasidus one learns Torah in order to clean up the nefesh and draw down the light of Elokus on oneself so that one can shift into a different mode of perception. Is the emphasis in religion really to be on reward and punishment, or on finding your true spiritual essence after having overcome your negativity - your part in the chet of Odom harishon.

For some reason I like a moshol of a table with a tablecloth on it, so that you can only see the legs. Musar is very clear about the legs, and clear that there is a table, but you don't see it. Chasidus is about eating on the table, after the cloth has been removed. Look at the Piasezno's 'Bnei Machshovo Tova'; he is quite explicit about what is to be achieved, and explicit that you shouldn't be focused on your current low station, you are in essence Yisroel, and it is your birthright to SEE the words 'boruch ato etc' emerge from your mouth as you say them. You will 'see yourself standing before 'kvodo yisborach' amongst a camp of malochim, and you are one of them'. You have to blow the roof off.

good Shabos.


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