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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Rebbe Nachman and Shulchan Aruch

Sichos HaRan #76:
(Taken from Anonymous comment)

"We heard that the Rebbe once said that he studied all the four sections of the Shulchan Arukh three times. The first time he understood its simple meaning. The second time he was able to trace the Talmudic source of each law. The third time he understood the Kabbalistic significance of each law and its relationship to the transcendental worlds. From the way it was told, we understood that the Rebbe did this in his youth. We knew that he later reviewed the Shulchan Arukh many times.

This was the Rebbe's way. He literally drank in knowledge. This was even true toward the end of his life, when he suffered greatly from tuberculosis. He may have been very active in community affairs. He may have spent hours with us, offering us advice and teaching us how to approach God. His mind may have constantly been soaring in the highest ethereal realms. Still, he would spend considerable time each day in simple study.

With all this, the Rebbe was never pressed for time. He was always calm and relaxed. It is absolutely impossible to describe his unique serenity. Because of it, he had time for all things.

The Rebbe always studied quickly. In a single hour he could go through several pages of the Shulchan Arukh with all its major commentaries. On a page of Orach Chaim he would include the Taz, the Magen Avraham, the Beer HaGolah, the Pri Chadash and the Ateret Zekeinim. He would study their counterparts in the other sections of the Shulchan Arukh.

He once told us that in the morning between the time the congregation began to assemble and the time they began worshipping, he would go through at least four pages of the Shulchan Arukh. This was true of everything the Rebbe studied. Whether it was the Talmud or the codes, the Rebbe literally flew through the pages.


Anonymous said...

If you were connected to Rabbenu properly you'll see you are far away from the Tzaddik emet, from hashem and from the torah.
Likutey Moharan (8, 7) the garden is the torah, the grass and bushes, are those that understand the torah (that's for sure not you). They are watered by the well of wisdom. Where does this wisdom come from? From Tefilla (which you omitted).
Once a person came to Rebbe Nosson boasting his son knows 1000 pages of gemara by heart...Rebbe Nosson answered; see this student of mine he knows how to say the blessed creator 1000 times.
moshe na nach

Anonymous said...


To give any kind of credit to shakranim, who do not accept Rabbenu or Saba, is comparable to this parable. If you're rooming with a goy that's saps your emunah, your energy…Although you feel you need show him your'e normal and maybe he'll accept you…The outcome will be that your mercy will turn into cruelty. A person must first have mercy on himself.
In Likutey Moharan tanina, (8, 2) says exactly that. He also brings down in Sichos, when you see the talis on shakranim, compared to the blanket on the donkey's back.
If you feel like standing up for a donkey and heya heya all day, but I rather Na nach and tell the shakranim in their face they have no tora…
moshe na nach