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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Appealing for help from H"Y and His Tzadik

Very often the Nanach are accused of "praying to Rabbi Nachman". This is a very dubious bout of semantics to discredit the Nanach. The word prayer obviously is a reference to worship of God, where as when one asks a favor or any request from a person this is not called prayer. The truth is that real tzadikim do not even speak to other people, they live only with God, when they speak to people they are speaking to the way they perceive God channeled in the way that person is present before them. Most people however, would not consider it blasphemy to ask a favor from a friend or someone with the capability of helping them. Either way, both tzadikim and ordinary people will a ask other people for help. A real tzadik only becomes greater with his death. All the bounty and influx of all the worlds are channeled through the Tzadik, as the Talmud gives one example "the whole world is nourished for Chanina my son" [the Baal Shem Tov explains that the world "for" in Hebrew also means "path", i.e. that the sustenance of the whole world was being in R' Chanina's pipeline]. Therefor anyone with any sense would ask the Tzadik to help him get whatever it is he needs.

In last weeks parsha (portion) - BihaAloascha - some of the wicked found themselves in trouble, so what did they do (11:2) - they screamed to Moshe, Rashi explains their actions with a parable to a worldly King who was very upset with his son, so the son goes to someone his father loves and asks him to take up his cause with his father the King. Chazal (our sages) found no problem with their action, and on the contrary found it sound and proper.

5 comments:

The villager said...

Hazak!

Which leads to Moshe saying "am I to Uman them? and wishing for death!" look at Likutey Tefilot #18 to see how Rabbi Natan deals with this difficult issue.

Moshe at that moment lost a great and needed advisor, and instead he was demoted to a Sanhedrin. The Levites also lost their position, which de-facto they held because of Moses (this is a historical observation, possible only in hindsight).

Rabbi Nachman unlike Moses recognizes his strength and realizes that he alone is enougth to save the whole world!

Let's hope our brothers don't follow after the blind, it's such a farce that it could be a scene in the three stooges.

Anonymous said...

Klal Yisrael asked Moshe for help when he was alive in this world. The Talmud says this about Rabbi Chanina when he was alive in this world. From where do we know these sayings apply to a tzaddik after histalkus (that all the influx and bounty comes through the tzaddik who passed, and we are allowed to ask a tzaddik who passed to help us)?

Anonymous said...

Tzaddikim are the collective soul of the Jewish people...check this link: http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/562222/jewish/Is-it-okay-to-ask-a-deceased-tzaddik-to-pray-on-my-behalf.htm

NaaNaach said...

There is a general rule (Talmud Chulin 7b) that Tzadikim become greater after their passing.

To get a little better idea of how much our lives are completely dependent on the "dead" Tzadikim - google this phrase: לולא תפילת המתים על החיים ....

NaaNaach said...

There is a general rule (Talmud Chulin 7b) that Tzadikim become greater after their passing.

To get a little better idea of how much our lives are completely dependent on the "dead" Tzadikim - google this phrase: לולא תפילת המתים על החיים ....