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bitu shifliss definitions for the purposes of understanding our work:
Happiness is the byproduct of learning Torah, praying fervently to Hashem and emulating His 13 Attributes of Mercy.
Clinging like glue to serving Hashem in this way lifts us out of the whirlpool of emotions that might otherwise draw us into a vortex pulling us under.
Choice: compassion for the light trapped in the darkness of the constriction that is trying to come into the world by virtue of our action and speech vs compassion for ourselves and trying solutions for our own comfort in time and space.
The narrow passageway from our mind to heart is the place of our constricted thinking. It is where the tzelem elokim and the yetzer hara both want to be expressed through our hearts and into our actions and speech. Keeping in mind what real happiness is therefore changes the way we look at our constricted thinking. Below is a five step affirmation of Torah values to lead us in the path we want to go, to help us navigate through our emotions and habits, in order to reflect something into the world that would, indeed, bring light and happiness and align us with the only true reality, Hashem’s Glory.
Summary Affirmations of the Torah
Ein od milvado – there is nothing in the world but Hashem
Man is made in the image of Hashem’s 13 Attributes of Mercy (Hashem glorifies us with a tzelem elokim made in the image of His 13 attributes of mercy)
Free will: Everything is in the hands of Shamayim, except for Yir’as Shemayim” Berachos 33 (h) (R. Chanina) (bear the burden of confusion of our own mind immediately chooses our tzelem elokim as our identity over the natural taivas and gaivas. We have free will to choose who we become and the mesiras nefesh is our personal akeidas Yitzchok)
Personal Prayer – the power of speech: Air (aleph, vav, vav, yud, raish) is light (aleph vav raish) plus two letters of Hashem’s Name yud and vav (Saying Hashem Echad releases breath and therefore light from the constricted presentation)
How long wilt thou conceal from me the light of the blessed En Sof, which pervades all the worlds; which was, is, and will be the same, including also this place where I stand, just as the light of blessed En Sof was alone before the world was created, without any change is written, “for I , the Lord have not changed, for He transcends time..” Likutei Amarim Ch 29 p. 129 (recognize the constricted presentation as Hashem’s light from the upper worlds coming to our ruach in order that we bear the burden of the confusion of mind so as to speak Hashem Echad and have compassion on the Shechina so that it may be released through our words Hashem Echad forming a positive spiritual being that leads us in the path we want to go for healing and brachas.)
Ein od milvado – when a person subjugates and attaches the purity of his thoughts in the one Master only, then Hashem will nullify all of the forces in the world against him so that they won’t have any power at all
The reward of a commandment is the commandment itself , because by virtue of performing it, the person suffuses a flood of light of the blessed En Sof from above downards, to be clothed in the corporealit of the world, in something that was previously under the dominion of the kelipat nogah, from which it had received its vitality (Tanya ch. 37 p. 167)
Affirmations with Torah Sources for reading and reflection
- Ein od milvado – there is nothing in the world but Hashem
We experience something that causes us to feel constriction.
Hashem constricts Himself in order to come into this world. See excerpts below interspersed from Derech Hashem 1. Chapters 1 and 2: The Creator and The Purpose of Creation p. 35-43
“It can …be verified from the laws and principles of nature that it is impossible that some Being not exist, unbound by the laws and limitations of nature. It must be impossible that this Being cease to exist or have any deficiency. This being must furthermore be divorced from all addition, structure, relationship, comparison or any other quality that exists in created things. Finally this Being must be the true cause of everything that exists and happens. Unless all this is true, the existence and continuance of things as we know them would be utterly impossible.”
“It is impossible that there exist more than one being whose existence is intrinsically imperative. Only one being can possibly exist with this necessarily perfect Essence, and therefore the only reason all other things have the possibility of existence is that Gd wills them to exist. “
- Man is made in the image of Hashem’s 13 Attributes of Mercy
Micah 7:18-20 Who O Gd is like You, Who pardons iniquity And overlooks transgression for the remnant of His heritage: Who has not retained His wrath eternally, for He desires kindness@ He will again be merciful to us. He will suppress our iniquities. And cast int toe depths of the sea all their sins. Grant truth to Jacob, kindness to Avraham, As You swore to our forefathers from ancient times.
“The purpose of the creation of mankind is so that we should become worthy of attaining true good, namely being drawn close to Him in the world to come. “
When we experience constricted consciousness, Hashem is bearing the burden of our confusion of mind. He waits patiently.
III. Free will: Everything is in the hands of Shamayim, except for Yir’as Shemayim” Berachos 33 (h) (R. Chanina)
(i) Question: Is Yir’as Shamayim such a small matter?!
(R. Chanina): Hashem’s treasure-house contains only Yir’as Shamayim — “Yir’as Shamayim Hi Otzaro” (it is most dear to Hash-m)!
Yir’as Shamayim, fear of punishment, is indeed easy. R. Chanina did not discuss this, for it is bi’Yedei Shamayim (Hash-m punishes others to instill fear in Bnei Yisrael)! Rather, he discusses an intellectual awe of His greatness. For those who saw the radiance of Moshe and feared to approach him, it was simple to similarly fear Hash-m.)
(k) R. Chanina: This is like one who is asked for a large vessel. If he has it, it is like a small vessel;
If one is asked for a small vessel and he lacks it, it is like a big vessel. (He feels his lack acutely).
“…even though the created things cannot emulate Gd’s perfection in their own right, the fact that they can be attached to Him allows them to partake of it, since they can be considered part of G’ds perfection as a result of their association with Him. They can thus derive pleasure from that true good to the greatest degree possible for them. The purpose of all that was created was therefore to bring into existence a creature who could derive pleasure from Gd’s own good, in a way that would be possible for it.”
“Gd. Therefore decreed and arranged that creation contain elements of both perfection and deficiency, as well as a creature with equal access to both. This creature would then be given the means to both acquire perfection and avoid deficiency. By clinging to the elements of perfection, this unique creature would make itself resemble its Creator, at least to the degree that this is possible for it. …it becomes worthy of being drawn close to Gd, to derive pleasure from His goodness. “
With free will, we can immediately upon feeling constriction choose to bear the burden of our own discomfort of mind with all of the above in mind, knowing that in the constriction is Hashem’s light that He has concealed in the matter in order to enter time and space and give us the opportunity to release through prayer from its exile in our constricted thinking.
IV Personal Prayer – the power of speech: Air (aleph, vav, vav, yud, raish) is light (aleph vav raish) plus two letters of Hashem’s Name yud and vav
Our breath and our speaking involves light and Hashem.
There is No Other Power
Hosea 14: 2-4 Return O Israel to Hashem your Gd for you have stumbled through your iniquity. Take words with you and return to Hashem; say to Him, “forgive every sin and accept goodness , and let our lips substitute for bulls. Assyria cannot help us, we will not ride the horse, nor will the orphan find compassion.”
“If we understand that Gd alone is the true perfection, it follows that in nature and in creations every fault is merely the absence of His good and the concealment of His Presence. That is, closeness to Gd and Illumination of His presence is the root and cause of every perfection that exists, while concealment of His Presence is the root and cause of every fault, the degree of deficiency depending on the degree of this concealment.”
“When this creature strengthens himself striving for elements of perfection, incorporating them into his being, this in a way is a means of clinging to Gd, as He is their Root and Source. The more elements of perfection this creature incorporates into itself, the stronger will be his association and bond to Gd. He becomes attached to Gd Himself, deriving both pleasure and perfection from His goodness, while he is himself the master of this good and perfection, having acquired them by choosing them.”
V “How long wilt thou conceal from me the light of the blessed En Sof, which pervades all the worlds; which was, is, and will be the same, including also this place where I stand, just as the light of blessed En Sof was alone before the world was created, without any change is written, “for I , the Lord have not changed, for He transcends time..” Likutei Amarim Ch 29 p. 129
“The creature destined for this great condition, namely a bond of closeness to Him is considered the main element of all creation. All else in existence is only an aid, in some aspect or regard, toward this goal, to have it succeed and become reality. They are therefore all considered secondary to this primary creature.”
This primary essential creature is man. All other created things, whether above or below man, only exist for his sake to complete his environment through their various different qualities, appropriate for each of them. …The element of perfection which man must strive to perfect in himself are his intellect and his positive character traits. On the other hand for the sake of acquiring perfection, the elements of deficiency that man must avoid are the material and mundane matters of the world, and negative character traits.
“The deterrents to Holiness are a lack of true understanding and much association with people; for earthiness finds it counterpart and takes on new strength, and the soul remains trapped within it, unable to escape. However, when one dissociates himself from them and remains alone, preparing himself for the reception of His Holiness, he is conducted along the path which he wishes to travel; and with the help that Gd gives him, his soul grows strong within him, overcomes his physical element, unites itself with the Holiness of the blessed One and perfects itself in it….his understanding coming to transcend the bounds of human nature. “ Mesillas Yesharim The Trait of Holiness p. 335
When we clean for Passover, we search for chometz, searching for areas where we seek to wrench free from Torah and mitzvahs without realizing we are enslaved to a bad habit or faulty programming or an arrogance we exhibit as part of our self-protective mechanisms. The goal is to retrain our inclination to serve Hashem, which is the work we do during sefiros HaOmer, expanding through chesed, contracting with gevurah, balancing with compassion and then expanding our deeds with netzach, humbling ourselves with hod, and bonding it together with yesod before bringing it into the world of action. These internal “actions” are the war between our yetzer hara and our tzelem elokim and with clinging to Hashem we are able to resolve them into Hashem is One and bring His Light into time and space with our own unique talents and challenges improved, opening the door to time and space for His Light, as is His Will in creating the world.
Although the process of Pesach, Omer, Shavuous is full of Hashem’s chesed during that time of year, the elements are needed as we begin the new year, while we plant the seeds that will lead to the crops of Shavuous. The work of facing what we need to in order to get our year off the ground is in need of understanding and yearning for holiness, so that as we get our year off the ground, we can begin to see it take root in a manner that will yield the growth we seek. All of our energy in this regard goes into the time leading to Chanukah, a time where we glue ourselves to Hashem’s Holiness after crowning HIm King in Tishrei. The step by step affirations help to lead us from construction to opportunity with understanding to compassionately release the Ein Sof concealed in the constriction and receive a healing and a growth as it is added to our ability to reflect tzelem elokim.
VI. Ein od milvado – when a person subjugates and attaches the purity of his thoughts in the one Master only, then Hashem will nullify all of the forces in the world against him so that they won’t have any power at all
The person who resolves to nullify every force and power in the world and doesn’t pay attention to them at all will make spiritual decrees and they will happen so he will be able to do wonderful miracles which are the opposite of the natural order of nature. This occurs because he subjugates and attaches the purity of the faith in his heart onl to Hashem without stopping.
VII. The reward of a commandment is the commandment itself , because by virtue of performing it, the person suffuses a flood of light of the blessed En Sof from above downards, to be clothed in the corporealit of the world, in something that was previously under the dominion of the kelipat nogah, from which it had received its vitality (Tanya ch. 37 p. 167)
When a person performs the Divine commandment and will by means of these clean things, the vitality that is in them (the kelipa noga, the luminescent shell, which is the only one of the four levels of evil that contains something redeemable) ascends and is dissolved and absorbed into the light of the blessed Eh Sof which is His blessed will that is clothed in them, since therein there is no concealment of Countenance whatever, to obscure His blessed light….when the totality of the viral soul of the community of Israel will be a holy merkevah for Gd, then shall the general vitality of thus world, now constituting the kelipat nogah, emerge from its impurity and filth and ascend unto holiness to become a merkavah for Gd, through the revelation of His glory, and all flesh shall see together and He will shine forth on them with the splendor of His majestic greatness and the whole world will be filled with the glory of the Lord, .. pl 171
In this way, all three unclean kelipot will be completely destroyed and annihilated, for their present nurture and vitality from holiness comes to them through the medium of the kelipot noga, ….p 173