January 27, 2009

Shechinah Completeness

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 6:42 am

The Jewish people were not so comfortable even after the miracles in the desert. This doesn’t make much sense since they saw great wonders and you would think that this would have brought them to comfort in the light of Hashem. It wasn’t until Hashem said to them, Take for me a Heave Offering that I may dwell in your midst. Immediately at this point, their confidence was kindled and their rejoiced. This is because the Shechinah, Devine Presence, came down to earth. This is all explained in Zohar Parshas Terumah. Now what we see from this is that the only way our souls feel relaxed is when the Shechinah is with us. How can the Shechinah dwell and remain with a person who is bittle Torah? Someone who allows themselves to hear one curse word, see one impure moment of immodest goysha things? Certainly the Shechinah has been sent down to remain with us in this exile but if we push Her away, who are we to then complain thereafter? She is right there for us. We just have to keep her close and not chase her away.

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  1. Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with thy G-d, Could look simple but this means, it is a process of becoming mature. Something potentially stays, after a process. In other words, having learned how to be humble, means that one can stay this way, which is the intention. I’m sure that righteous people look for this kind of predictability, some much more does HaShem. ‘What is humble’ must also have some clear definition, ore else, HaShem would not say, ‘walk humbly’. What is humble, to know that, most people do know, for it has been implanted in people to know.
    No one in that process is an ‘ex-slave’, but everyone is as the most lovely flower one has ever seen, and ‘which’ needs to watered, first. There is no competition between flowers and they don’thave to put up some ‘act’.
    But not everyone is or has been, treated a ‘flower’. When flowers still grow, then it must be because of HaShem.
    Empathy may also mean that there can be compassion and understanding for generations of having been in the position of ‘slavery’ in Mitsrayim (and its ‘prints’, ‘societies’).
    A ‘slave’ mentality is also a result of something which has been imposed. One has been brainwashed by this and since we are human beings, it is not easy for anyone to ‘connect’ with the right kind of attitude, just right away.
    Indivualism is part of that ‘slave’mentality. This can place a family person in an isolated position.
    Individualism places oneself in the center. (‘it is about me, my family, my friends, my achievements, my ambitions, my results, etc,).
    A good parent accepts and loves the children where they at, but, wishes for them to ‘do better’ than they. Yet, not the achievements, the results, are what a parent remembers, but a parent remembers the child’s first little steps, its tears, its little history. The child remembers the parent’s love. It sees its pictures when it has become an adult and then the adult is reminded of little memories which are very personal.
    Transparency is required from the parent, because we all make mistakes. Then each child is a unique individual being. I am not sure if in Mitsrayim parents had so much insight because they had to survive from one day to another. Imagine now everyone was together and everyone could partake in a corporate yet individual effort. This compared to the salvery must have been a relief. Yet possibly many were still brainwashed, as if to say they thought, allright, but, ‘what, next’. I do have understanding for this. How someone feels, if they are right or wrong about it, can be a problem in itself and that cannot be pushed away that easily. Some things have to be ‘predictable’. Every person needs to experience that positive predictablity which only HaShem can give in His Way, peple are looking for ‘examlpes’ whose behavior is predictable and do not place themselves in the center, but who believe that others can do even ‘better’, but if they fall then they are not looked down upon, instead, they know how to get up. To know how to get up is to first know how one fell down, and not to judge oneself about it, or be judged about it. That does not help. The intention of wanting to get up is already enough and the cause of having fallen down, could be real, respected, when a child falls down, it needs compassion and positivity, not words like ‘can’t you grow up faster’…Adults are children who grew up and who make mistakes.
    I don’t know about the heave offering but I can imagine that to do this it may have also been ‘therapeutic’, because ‘that was allĀ“ HaShem required and it was a corporate ‘act’, whereas everyone was used to being slaves, the hard work did not produce ‘creativity’. Inspiration, productivity, creativity, is part of the ‘dignity’ which HaShem wants for His People. Wanting to grow int knowledge of HaShem means to realize that one is actually able to do so, in a personal and unique way.
    In the desert, everyone was able to experience the Presence of the Shekhinah. That must have been really a change which has to be realized. As if one thinks, that one ‘dreams’ when something lovely happens. Not just that but it must have been a personal experience to each person and to each family.
    The breach of experience between the past and the sudden loveliness requires understanding and compassion. When Moyshe Rabbeynu ‘struck the rock in anger’, it was when the people were afraid. Moyshe Rabbeynu was a very humble man but apparently he was able to make this mistake of perception.
    Maybe only Moyshe Rabbeynu was more or less emotionally ‘on top of the situation’, and he was most selfless. But this selflessness is an example of how ‘ex-slaves’ are potentially able to behave. An ‘ex-slave’, is not what that person really is, that person cannot grow if addressed as ‘ex-slave’ And even Moyshe Rabbeynu had to grow up in knowledge about doing justly loving mercy walking humbly maybe the real intention is that everyone will look a little more ‘like him’. Remember he wanted to see everyone personally about their problems, until Jethro suggested that he introduce the concept of elders. Moyshe Rabbeynu knew in depth what the people had gone through and were going through, for him every person was individually important. This I feel is how it should be, people have the capacity to reach out to their environment, in an un-self centered way, unlike the spirit of individualism. But one cannot deny having been ‘brainwashed’ and being ‘stalked’ by a certain mentality in society. To be able to do the right things may require understanding. Not belittlement of the situation or belittlement of one’s potential.
    An I am not trying to bei interesting because I have something else on my mind. I am not trying to teach you, that is not what entered into my mind. I feel that something is not allright, something is not ‘connected’, and I know this from many personal experiences, I don’t feel ‘above the situation’ also. If no one says it, I do, considering what ‘I have gone through’, this statement may show some degree of humility. Yes Lucy don put yourself down all the time, catering to others who may think (‘whatever’, ‘that was easy’?)
    May you be also be inspired and connected ‘yourself’ by the Guidance of HaShem

    Comment by Lucy — January 27, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

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