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Friday, April 17, 2009

Likutei Moharan Learning Beginning with Beis

As per the booklet Ner L'Tzadik compiled by Rabbi Moshe Breslover consisting of teachings of Likutei Moharan beginning with the letters of the Alef Beis; since the the seven weeks of the Sefirah correspond to the seven days of the week that are represented kabbalistically by the letters Beis, Gimmel, Daled, Kof, Pei, Reish, Tov, I plan B'Ezras Hashem to translate the teachings in this order in these weeks of the Sefira. It is true that basically Chol Hamoed and Yom Tov virtually covered the first week of the Sefira, and I was quite tied up anyways pressed for time, but meanwhile, I will begin with the translation for the teaching beginning with letter Beis, which will be followed shortly by letter Gimmel for this present second week of the Sefira.


B'Zohar - In a number of places in the Zohar, we find the selec group of students of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi) praising him, in statements such as "Woe to the generation when he will pass away". This is the aspect of what Shabbos is described like (Shemos 31) "He (Hashem) rested and was refreshed" (This is the literal meaning of the Posuk, but is interpreted quite differently by the Talmud based on a play on the wording of the original text) Shovas Vayinafash - since he (a Jew) has rested (on Shabbos - and it is now over) - Woe to the (extra) soul that is lost (Talmud Beitza 16). Meaning, due to the great pleasure and longing of the extra soul that comes on Shabbos; therefore, we begin to immediately have distress over the loss of that extra soul on Motzoei Shabbos. So too did Rashbi's students, due to the great pleasure that they received from their Rebbe, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, did they immediately begin to feel longing, and the thought of distress over the future loss of their Rebbe came to them.

We see in the Zohar that wherever Rashbi' students praise him for the wonderous secret of Torah that he revealed them, that subsequently, Rashbi said to them additional Chidushei Torah. (LM 1:126)

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