Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Learning Lekutei Moharan
This is link to a Daily Seder for learning Likoutey Moharan. It was created by Reb Shmuel Levy, a chasid of Rabbeinu and the musician behind the band Levyatan.
The seder begins from the day before Lag B'Omer, ל"ב, in the Sephirot HaOmer, with the preface to Likoutei Moharan and completes the sefer on the birthday of Rabbeinu. This reflects the the theme of the prologue to the sefer and the neshama of Rabbeinu's teaching. The prologue begins: "Come and see the works of God: an amazing revelation concerning the mystery of the greatness of the godly sage, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai." And we know that Shimon bar Yochai is also gematria Nachman ben Simcha. There is a special Holiness to this seder and if you follow it you will see great Providence in the teachings and the events of your life. This is true every time you read this work, but it can be even more powerfully revealed within this seder. The file is in Hebrew, but if you go to the third page you will see the layout of the seder and if you know a little Hebrew you can see easily how it works.
Here is an amazing story. I have tried to learn this seder for many years. This year I felt it was the time to really commit to it and finish it. However, it was already Lag B'Omer and I missed the first day. I thought to myself that when I return from Meron I need to put this seder up on the internet and let people know. However, two days passed and I got caught up in worldly matters and didn't study myself. Then on the third day I said, I have to start my day right with this seder. I studied first thing and right after I got up from studying I did a small movement to move somehthing in my way and a lightning bolt of pain hit me in the muscle of my back and I was flat on the floor calling my wife to come home and help me. Well for a week I have been thinking, "How is it that right after I do the mitzvah of studying the holy sefer of Rabbeinu I get knocked out for a week?"
Well, today I got the answer. I didn't do what I had intended to do upon my return from the Holy journey to Meron. I delayed the most important and precious responsibilities and intent that I had. This is one lesson that I learned. Also, as I was laying on the floor the next day reflecting on the pain that I experienced I felt vividly Yirat Ha Shemayim, how my life is completely in the power above and beyond me and I can be crushed in an instant: As David Ha Melek says in the end of the second Tehillim:
Serve God with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Desire purity (from your desires)
Lest He become enraged and you perish on your corrupted path, because His anger can explode instantly.
Blessed are all who take shelter in His Providence.
And indeed this was the theme of the Torah of the day that I had just read (Torah 5). "Thunder was only created to straighten the crookedness of the heart." Hashem's thunder had sounded and his lightning struck me and straightned me out on the floor, and now taught me the beautiful and pure state of Fear and Awe. In His great kindness, Hashem struck me down right after my studying to remind me of what I intended to do, to teach me this beautiful lesson, and to help me receive His Chesed. For as we learn in Torah 6: "It is therefore necessary to put the fear of Heaven first, as then love will automatically follow."
We all experience great challenges in our life. It is the power of the Tzaddik Na Nach Nachma Nachman M'Uman to show us how to transform everything to the good. May this be for my refuah shlema Avraham Chaim ben Tamar and the fulfillment of my intent to share the great learning of the Holy and Godly sefer Lekutey Moharan!!!
May all your learning of Rabbeinu in any form help reveal the light of Hashem's kindness in your life and for all Israel.
Posted by brother na nach at 11:10 AM