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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Finish Line

     I re-wrote this post because before I think I didn't really get my idea across. A very amusing if not enlightening quote from Chaiei Moharan stuck with me today. Reb Nosson asked Rebbe Nachman if he achieved everything in life that he wanted to, in 1810, something less than a year before he died (or didn't die, because he is still with us). Rabbeinu replied, "I haven't finished? I've already finished, and I will finish!" A Breslover would see this and see such potential to learn. Unfortunately, most everyone else would write it off as odd and senseless. Rabbeinu said, "I've finished, and I will finish!" This is a section that I have not learned in full, but even I can understand. He said he was finished, but second he said he will. Now, this could mean several things; for one, he could mean to say that he's finished with his tasks in life, and now he's ready to finish it and move on to Olam Haba.
     This statement can't possibly be so simply explained. Rather, dig deep and you'll see. He means to say this; that he actually was not finished. He was about finished with life, but he also wasn't. It wasn't that he was terribly fearful to die, because true tzaddikim have no reason to fear death. He was finished with what Hashem intended for him to do on a greater scale, but there were still just a few things left that as a person, I believe, that he wanted to do. One of these, unfortunately, was to burn some of the greatest things he had written and kept in the trunk at the end of his bed. It wasn't that he had to make sure Breslov would continue, as Reb Nosson would surely keep his work going, which he in fact did.
     Aside from burning his writings, this is likely what he wanted; for us to keep hope. In life, but also for the Moshiach. On another note, to keep faith in him. He didn't let us down in his last endeavor; he delivered the Petek. To teach that a person is not ever really done with their lives, he essentially said "Yes, I'm finished. But no, I'm actually not". He meant to say that he was finished in this life, but beyond the grave he was not. But also, that in life a person is never really done with the seemingly endless tasks set out before him.

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