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Sunday, June 15, 2008

LM II:8 translation in progress

finished alef.
refers to the future song.

Likutei Moharan II:8

Blow the horn at the new moon, at the full moon for our feast-day. For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the G-d of Jacob. (Ps. 81)

1. Although rebuke is a great thing, and it is incumbent on every one of Israel to rebuke his friend, when he sees in him that he is not acting in line, as is written (Lev. 19): “You shall surely rebuke your people,” despite this not every man is fit to rebuke, as Rabbi Akiva said (Eruvin 16): “I wonder if there is in this generation anyone who can rebuke.” If Rabbi Akiva said this in his generation, all the more so in this generation of the present.

2. For when the rebuker is not fit to rebuke, then not only does his rebuke not help, but he also causes the smell of their souls to stink up who hear his rebuke, for through his rebuke he awakens the bad smell of the bad deeds and the bad characteristics of the people whom he rebukes. Like when some thing is laid down that has a not-good smell, as long as they do not move the thing, they do not sense the bad smell, but when they start to move that thing, then they wake up the bad smell; likewise through the rebuke of one who is not fit to rebuke, through this they awaken the bad spirit of the bad deeds and the bad characteristics of the people that he rebukes, and therefore he causes their smell to stink up, and through this he weakens their souls, and through this the flow is interrupted from all the worlds that depend on these souls. For the main feeding of the soul is from the smell as our Rabbis of blessed memory said (Berakhot 43): Whence do we learn that we say a blessing on a fragrance? -- for it is said (Ps. 150:6) "Let the whole soul praise Y-h." What is the thing that the soul enjoys from, and the body does not? -- you have to say: This is the fragrance. And therefore through this rebuke, which causes their odor to stink up, through this is weakened the soul, whose feeding is from the smell as mentioned above, and in any case the flow from all the worlds that depend on them is interrupted.

But when the rebuker is fit to rebuke, then on the contrary, he adds and gives a good fragrance to the soul through his rebuke, for the rebuke needs to be in the aspect of the rebuke of Moshe, who rebuked Israel for deed of the Calf, for through his rebuke he gave them a good smell, as in (Song 1) “My spikenard gave forth its fragrance,” which is said about the deed of the Calf. It did not say “left,” but “gave,” as Rashi explained there and as our Rabbis of blessed memory said in the Gemara (Shabbat 85). For through the rebuke of Moshe for the deed of the Calf he added and gave them a good smell, which is like the food of the soul, for the main feeding of the soul is from the smell as mentioned above, for through the voice of the rebuke that is proper, through this he gives a good smell to the spirits, which is like the food of the soul as mentioned above.
For there is food of the soul and food of the body, (Tikkunei Zohar 21) and through physical food the spiritual food is weakened, for through physical food, i.e. through eating and drinking, through this we enlarge the aspect of the heel of the Other Side, like (Ps. 41): “The one who eats my bread grew the heel upon me.” For through eating the heels and legs are strengthened, as in (Shabbat 152): “Chew well with your teeth, and you will find it in your steps.” And then when, God forbid, the heel of the Other Side grows, through this is weakened, God forbid, the aspect of the heel of holiness, which is like (Prov. 22): “The reward of humility [`eqev `anawah] is the fear of the Lord,” which is like fragrance (ReYaCh) , like (Isa. 11): “And He shall imbue him (wehaRICho) with the awe of the Lord,” which is the food of the soul.
And the remedy for this is through the aspect of voice, for the aspect of voice waters the Garden, where all the fragrances and awes grow, like (Gen. 2: “And a river goes out from Eden to water the Garden.” “And a river goes out from Eden” etc. – this is like voice, like (Ps. 93) “Rivers raised up their voices; and this is like (Gen. 3): “I heard Your voice in the Garden and I feared,” for this voice waters the Garden, through which all the fragrances grow, which are the aspect of awe as mentioned above, which this is the idea of trhe food of the soul as mentioned above, for through this voice the aspect of the heel of the Other Side is suppressed, for this voice is like (there 27): “The voice is the voice of Ya`akov;” and therefore Yaakov merited to the aspect of fragrance, like (there): (See, the fragrance of my son is like the smell of the field,” which was said regarding Ya`akov, and he suppresses the heel of the Other Side, like (there 25): “And his hand held on to the heel of Esau.” This voice is the aspect of the proper rebuker, like (Isa. 58): “Raise your voice like a shofar and tell My people their iniquities" etc.; for the rebuker, who wants to rebuke Israel and tell them their iniquities and sins, he needs this voice, in order to not cause their smell to stink up through awakening their sins as mentioned above. Therefore he needs this voice, for via this voice he adds and gives them a good smell, for via this voice all the fragrances grow, for this voice waters the garden etc. as mentioned above.
And this is [the meaning of]: "Raise your voice like a shofar" -- like a shofar specifically, for this voice waters the Garden, which is like: "And a river goes out from Eden," which is like the voice of the melody of the song that will be awoken in the future, when He renews His world, which is like the simple, double, triple, quadruple song (Tikkunei Zohar 21), and this is [the meaning of] "like a shofar" (KeShoPhaR) being an acronym for: simple, double, triple, quadruple [Pashut' Kaful, Shalush, Rabu`a], which is like the future song, which is like the voice that waters the Garden, for via this voice specifically he can rebuke. And this is: "Raise your voice like a shofar" -- like a shofar specifically, as mentioned above.

And this is like: "They draw upon him a cord of benevolence," which is said about the proper rebuker, as our Rabbis of blessed memory said (Tamid 28): One who rebukes his friend for the sake of Heaven, they draw upon him a cord of benevolence," for it is said [Prov. 28:23]: "One who rebukes a man, afterwards finds grace." For the cord of benevolence is like a cord being braided and interwoven from the strings, upon which strings (which are called strineis) this melody and song of the future shall be played, and which are the 72 strings, corresponding to the name Y YH YHW YHWH which is like the simple double etc. song, as brought in the Tikkunim (T. 21), which adds up in its entirety to 72, and on these strings this song shall be played that is for the future when He renews His world, like (Ps. 89): "A world of benevolence shall be built," when the simple etc. song will be awoken. And this is like the cord of generosity mentioned above, which was said regarding the proper rebuker, i.e. the aspect of the cord made from the stings as mentioned above, opon which this song shall be played when world will be renewed, like: "A world of benevolence will be built," as mentioned above. And this is (the meaning of): "They draw upon him a cord of benevolence" -- this is the aspect of drawing, for they draw out and lay out the strings in order to play upon them the song as mentioned above. Hence, through the voice of the proper rebuker, he gives them a good fragrance in the soul, as mentioned above.

2 comments:

Dun Aryeh said...

"For when the rebuker is not fit to rebuke, then not only does his rebuke not help, but he also causes the smell of their souls to stink up who hear his rebuke, for through his rebuke he awakens the bad smell of the bad deeds and the bad characteristics of the people whom he rebukes. Like when some thing is laid down that has a not-good smell, as long as they do not move the thing, they do not sense the bad smell, but when they start to move that thing, then they wake up the bad smell"

Saw this happen a number of times.

Anonymous said...

This talks about the song Na Nach Nachma Nachman Muman as you wrote....


[which is like the voice of the melody of the song that will be awoken in the future, when He renews His world, which is like the simple, double, triple, quadruple song]