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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ultimate Kindness for those with their eyes shut tight

In Likutay Halachos (Hilchos Tefilas Arvis 4) Rabbi Nussun asks a very fundamental question. It is well know that H"Y created the world to do goodness, in the words of the Ramchal (in Mesilas Yeshurim - Path of the Just) many was created to have ecstasy on G-d. So the question is why then did G-d originaly intend to create the world with the attribute of judgment and only later preempted the judgement with kindness. Rabbi Nussun explains that if the world had been created with the attribute of judgement people would have been immediately been forced to surrender, to run from this world and completely abnegate themselves to G-d. When a person is faced with circumstances which are overwhelming and he/she just can't hold their ground and they find themselves giving up, this should really be the key and the gate to reaching a much higher connection to H"Y, if the person acknowledges that he/she must surrender and they turn to H"Y to take over. Unfortunately however most people get embroiled in their prediciment and they completely crash, caught up in their own role of what is going on, they do not realize that H"Y is really setting them up with an opportunity to come clean, to shed their ego and limited perception, to become a pure vessel of G-d's light and image in this world. That is why God preempted the creation of the world with Kindness, to allow people to build progessively in Torah and mitzvos, slowly developing good character traits and refining themselves, until ultimately they are ready to abnegate themselves completely to H"Y.

With this Rabbi Nussun explains the concept of why a baal teshuva - someone who has returned to God after having strayed away - is higher than a regular tzadik. Because the tzadik is keeping the Torah which is the way H"Y deals with this world with mercy, where as the baal teshuva violated this, and had to face the strict judgement, this judgement is a higher channel of H"Y, as explained previously.

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