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Friday, July 2, 2010

Rabbeinu's Seforim - "Book of the Wicked"?

It is most interesting to note that in relationship to the first week of the Bein Hametzarim which ends on 23 Tamuz, the date on which Saba received the Petek of which the highlight is Rabbeinu's signature of Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman, it was during this very week - it seems to be that it was on 18 Tamuz, that Moshe Rabbeinu pleaded to Hashem to forgive Bnei Yisroel for the Cheit HaEgel - V"Im Ayin Mecheini Na M'Sifrecha Asher Katavta "and if not, please erase me from Your Book that You wrote". Now, it has been pointed out that in the words Ayin Mecheini Na, it spells backward Ani Nachman - "I am Nachman", and that the first letters of the first five words here spells the word Me'Uman.

It's well worth learning the Torah Temima, the Chumash with the quotes from the Gemara and other sources that are based on or quote the Pesukim of the Chumash. I learned something very novel proving Breslov Chasidus to be the highest level of Chasidus of all the other Chasidic movements.

Quoting from Talmud Rosh Hashana 16a (Note: Rabbeinu said that his whole Metzius, his whole being, is Rosh Hashana), there are three different Seforim that are opened up in Shamayim on Rosh Hashana - for the completely wicked, for the completely righteous, and for the Beinonim - the ones inbetween. Rabbi Nachman son of Yitzchok says (Note: Rabbeinu's grandfather after whom Rabbeinu was named, Rabbi Nachman of Horodenka, was also Rabbi Nachman son of Yitzchok) learns this out from this very Posuk: Mecheini Na "please erase me" - book of the wicked, M'Sifreicha "from Your Book" - book of the righteous, Asher Katavta "that You wrote" - book of the Beinonim.

In all honesty, in terms of what is supposed to be the ultimate purpose of Chasidus as what Moshiach told its founder the Ba'al Shem Tov as to when Bias HaMoshiach would happen "when your fountains will spread abroad". Anyone knowing and understanding the purpose of the Ba'al Shem Tov founding the Chasidic movement will tell you that it was meant to help Jews who weren't learned in Torah to feel part of it. Al Achas Cama V'Cama, all the more so today when Chasidus is used to bring Jews back to the fold. While many Chasidic movements have done so to at least a little extent, though much of their accomplishments seemed focused more on the ones who are already followers of their particular movement, it is Lubavitch and Breslov who no doubt are the two leading Chasidic movements to have brought Jews back to Yahudut/Yiddishkeit/Judaism. However, there is a big difference between Lubavitch & Breslov.

One of the things that caught my eye, especially as an ex-Lubavitcher, was the phrase Sifran shel Beinonim - book of the Beinonim. Indeed, the Tanya - the "Bible" of the Chasidus of Lubavitch, has surnames to it, including Sefer Shel Beinonim based on the first several chapters of this Tanya that describes the different spiritual levels of Jews. A Beinoni, according to the definition of the Tanya is what Lubavitch claims is on a higher spiritual than what the world calls a Tzadik, is one who never does an Aveira. However, he is still not one who is called a Tzadik because he is not one who hates evil, but simply doesn't do the evil.

With the above being said, the three types of Chasidus are all hinted here. Mecheini Na - in which is hinted Rabbeinu's name Nachman, as well as the name of the Amora in the Gemara who mentions this, refers to the "book of the wicked", M'Sifrecha refers to the "book of the righteous"- the Chasidic movements that concentrate more on their inner group who receive Shirayim (left over food from their Rebbe - the Tzadik - at the Tish, something that is not done in Lubavitch and Breslov) than reaching out, fearing outside negative influences, that look on the outside as righteous, and then Asher Katavta refers to the "book of the Beinonim" - which is Lubavitch represented by their Tanya "Sefer Shel Beinonim" who have reached out to other Jews to remove them from not doing sin. BUT - it is ONLY Breslov Chasidus that reaches to the bottom core of Jews - the ones who have sunk to the bottom pit, for it is ONLY Breslov Chasidus that answers all the questions about how a Jew can return to Hashem, regardless of how evil one has behaved before, and learn HOW to hate sin, not just theorize about the concept. Only with the Breslov Chasidic formula can a Jew can truly hope for all of his sins to be ERASED - Mecheina Na, in the Zechus of Rabbeinu Nachman, which includes his Tikkunim of Shmiras HaBris, which may be discussed in other types of Chasidus, including briefly in Lubavitch Chasidus, but only Breslov Chasidus can guarantee complete erasure of the worst Aveiros. Having studied Chasidus of various groups, and being a former Lubavitcher, I can tell you firsthand that indeed, Breslov is the ONLY Chasidus that hits the spiritual issues right to the core.

As the Gemara proceeds to explain, both the completely righteous and completely wicked are already inscribed on Rosh Hashana for life and death respectively, while the Beinonim have a chance until Yom Kippur to be inscribed for one or the either. Indeed, one who attaches himself to Rabbeinu on Rosh Hashana - preferably in Uman or Yerushalayim Ir HaKodesh (the latter which includes going to Saba's Kever on Erev Rosh Hashana) - can hope to be inscribed for life by attaching himself to the Tzadik Gamur, the completely righteous Rabbeinu Nachman, attaining both spiritual and continued physical life.

P.S. The typing of my post - 4:56 PM - seems to hint by Hashgacha Pratis to the title of the "Bible" of Breslov Chasidus - the Likutei Moharan, which is the Gematria of 456.

2 comments:

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The villager said...

Fit to be an addition to HIS work!

"rilionsu" really on su
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