Video Shiur: Be aware to yourself | you are powerful | Likutei Moharan 38

As the person who seeks Hashem will feel further away from Hashem. He becomes aware how small he is compared to the greatness of Hashem. We need to realize that Hashem gave us instructions to get closer to Him – Tefillah (prayer, hitbodedut).

During your Teshuva is important, not matter how low you may have fallen. You must be strong, believe that Hashem is able and willing to forgive you. Don’t be afraid, believe in the power of Hashem to forgive you. No one can reject you out of the love of Hashem in your teshuva. When you do find who you are in Teshuva, people will see Hashem in you, and people will ask you to pray for them.

Essentially teshuva is easy, we must be confess outloud before Hashem, in one way or another Hitbodedut means praying and meditating in seclusion – and it implies a very intimate and private communion with the Holy One, the source of our being.

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  1. Shalom Rav Cassouto, Todah for your blessing on all of us. Amein Kein Yehi Ratzon – Amein, so may it be His will.
    Hashem showed me a Torah this Shabbat that Rabbeinu Nachman zal gave on this very verse: Likutey Moharan II 42.
    “Ki Ani YKVK Rofekha – For I, Hashem, am your Healer” (Shemot/Exodus 15:26)
    . The first letters of this verse stand for “Amein Kein Yehi Ratzon – so may it be His will”

    A further explanation to this is found in Chayey Moharan/Tzaddik #179 where Reb Natan explains that Rebbe Nachman told him and Reb Naftali of a dream he had in which the two of them were telling the Rebbe that healing is from G-d alone, “for I am Hashem Who heals you.” In this dream one of them told the Rebbe that this verse teaches us that Hashem wants to heal us, for the first letters of these words are the same as “Amein Kein Yehi Ratzon – Amein, so may it be His Will.”

    Isn’t that wonderful! Thank You, Hashem, and thank you Rabbeinu!

    With Hashem’s permission I am binding your blessing that I have complete success and be attached to the Infinite One, the Life of life, may He be Blessed to the verse in Tehillim Peh Dalet (84) in which I took my name Tzipporah from a number of years ago: “Gam tzippor matz’ah vayit udror kein lah asher shatah efrochehah; et mizb’chotecha, Hashem Tz’vaot Malchi vei Lo-hoy – Even the bird finds its home and the free bird her nest where she laid her young; at Your altars Hashem, Master of Legions, my King and my G-d” (This verse is also in Perek Shira)

    Because this is where my neshamah dwells, so to speak. Where it yearns to dwell. Perhaps there is also a hint there to Hashem connecting me to the Emunah Center/Channel. This is what I yearn and pray to be successful in: To be enabled to complete my conversion with Hashem’s help,(I am not able to move to a Jewish community at this time as the Detroit Michigan Beis Din is requiring me to do- so I am imploring Hashem to help with that) so that in truth I can be a tzippor dwelling at His Altars, where the “free” bird is caring for its young (i.e. your students) and perhaps with my prayers and whatever ways Hashem enables me to be of help to them and to Am Yisroel. And to be connected and tied very tightly to my King and my G-d with bonds of love and to sing to Him always, and draw others close, bring them back to their loving Father.

    Rabbeinu Nachman zal also has a Torah that speaks of converts rectifiying the blemish to the Altar – so perhaps this is also why my Makom/place seems to be there. As well, I desire to “elevate the sparks” back to their Source, Hashem – and what better place than where everything ascends to Hashem? (See Likutey Moharan 17).

    Hashem also gave me a Torah this Shabbat that may explain, at least in part, Rav Cassouto, why you have had to suffer some of the heartbreak and opposition you recently went through. Likutey Moharan I, 228:

    “Know! when the Holy One takes note of a soul that is capable of getting people to repent and of making converts, then He Himself, as it were, seeks and arranges for that soul to have opposition.
    This is because converts are not accepted in the messianic era or in the days of Shlomo on account of (Jewish) majesty. Under such circumstances they do not convert out of love, but rather because they witness the eminence of the Jews. (Sincere) converts are mainly those who convert at a time when the Jews are suffering from poverty and oppression……
    It is therefore a necessity that someone who gets people to repent, and makes converts, will suffer opposition, in order that he have no tranquility. For then, anyone who draws close to him is sincere, then he can make true converts, not (converts who are) motivated by peace and contentment…..”

    Rabbi Ephraim Kenig noted on this lesson that “….commotion must surround this influential soul as it is simply another test for those who desire to come closer to Hashem. Someone will whisper in their ears ‘You are associating with this person? You should stay far away!’ The people who are seeking to draw closer to Hashem will be tested at every step – which serves to check if their love is authentic…”

    I also found something beautiful which seems to speak of Rabbeinu and also the Emunah Center/Channel in the Shabbat zemer Keil Mistateir: “…..The source of wisdom is awe of Hashem! Like the breadth of the river, like streams of emunah, waters that are deep, that can be drawn only by the man of understanding. Its outflows are the 50 gates of understanding. The emunim/faithful ones are guarded by Hashem. O great G-d, the eyes of all look toward You, O One of abundant kindness – higher than heaven is Your kindness!…..May my prayerful song approach to Your Presence, Hashem!”

    Thank you also for the shuir for women in which you tell us how important and powerful our prayers our, and how Hashem is gathering up all our acts of kindness to renew the world with, and that we can dedicate every mitzvot we do to the benefit of those in need.

    May Hashem bless you and may you go “from strength to strength” (Tehillim Peh Dalet: chet – 84:8) Rav Cassouto, as well as your Rebbetzin, your children, and your students.

    Tzipporah Yonah Feige

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