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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Likutei Moharan Learning Beginning with Vov

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 each of the 12 months correspond to one of the letters of the Alef Beis, the following is a teaching starting with the letter Vov that corresponds to this coming month of Iyar.

VOV

Vie-yeh-hee - "And he (Moshe) remained with his hands in faithful prayer until sunset":

For there are a number of types of faith. There is faith which is only in the heart. The main thing is that one needs to have such faith until it spreads throughout the limbs, as brought in the writings of the Ari (Rabbi Isaac Luria), that one needs to raise his hands facing the head at the time immediately following ritually washing his hands, in order to receive the holiness. It is thus found that for this, one needs faith in the hands, to believe that due to raising one's hands corresponding to the head that he is receiving the holiness, for without faith - there is nothing, as is written in Tehillim (Chapter 119): "All Your commandments are faith". And as there is faith for him lik this, coming from the faith to the intellect, and to the extent of strengthening oneself with faith, he comes to more intellect. For the matter that one needed to believe from the start, now he comes to more of a greater faith, he understands the first matter with intellect.

This is what is written about Moshe, "He remained with his hands in faithful prayer" - for Moshe had so much great faith until it spread throughout his limbs. For even in his hands was there so much great faith, until sunset - meaning, for the intellect of the matter, and the sun is the aspect of wisdom, as brought to us. (LM 1:1, 1:91)

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