Thursday, October 19, 2017

Parshas Noach - Good Shabbos!

Thank You Yikrat for posting this and sending all of Rabbanit Yemima's Torah around- Anyone can  join these email lists by contacting Yikrat
The little baby was born, and I showed her to her older brother, 
my eldest grandchild.
"This is the sister you've been waiting for," we told him.
He looked. He looked back at us.
"That's not her."

That's 5778 for you.
How much did you daven for this baby of a new year?
"This is the conception of the world," you declared on Roah HaShanah,
And you anticipated the arrival of the amazing new baby.
You waited for amazing Chaggim.
You waited for awesome Simchat Torah.
You waited for the Chaggim to end with highlight
...and the baby 5778 turned out to be, well, disappointing.
You look at her, young 5778, and say: "That can't be right. This isn't what I davened for."

I'm telling you, wait. Soon her face will look normal.
She'll stop going cross-eyed, trying to see the angels
Soon she'll grow hair in the right places (and not just her ears)
5778 has to grow into itself; everything always works out in the end.

In the meantime, what do you do when nothing is in order?
When there's such injustice in the world?
When you're inundated? Flooded?

That's why we're here, with a new issue of Rabbanit Yemima's Torah (attached to this message).
Yikrat

NoachYom Chamishi, Tishrei 29, 5778 (October 19, 2017 #35 Bull’s Eye
Parashat Noach – about the man who, when he ֶזה :was born, people pointed to him with relief Thisonewillconsole–ְיַנֲחֵמנוִּמַמֲּעֵשׂנוּוֵּמִעְצּבֹוןָיֵדינוּ us from our work and the toil of our hands. It’s been what, two parashot so far? The world was just created – we need comforting already?
Even Hashem Himself, at the end of last week’s ַוִיָּנֶּחםה'ִכּיָעָשׂהֶאתָהאָָדם:parasha,needsnechama Hashem regretted – ָבּאֶָרץ ַוִיּ ְת ַע ֵצּב ֶאל ִלבֹּו [Vayinnachem] that He made man on the Earth, and was saddened in His heart. Good grief, what happened?
In the haftarah, which we read not long ago after Tisha B’Av, describes a woman in need of ֲעִנָיּהֹסֲעָרהאנָֻחָמהִהֵנּהאָֹנִכיַמְרִבּיץַבּפּוּ:comforting – Poor, in upheaval, lacking consolation – ֲא ָב ַנ ִי behold I will place your stones with fair colors.1 Ribbono Shel Olam, what’s going on? Why have You created a world that constantly needs comforting and holding?
This week we learned The Ramban’s introduction to his commentary on the Torah, in which he writes: if you were to ask me why I wrote the להניח דעת התלמידים יגעי הגלות commentary, it is to calm the nerves of disciples rendered – והצרות
1 Yeshayahu 54:11.
fatigued by exile and troubles.2 He also sees the need to comfort the depressed. We are left wondering:why?Whybother?Sodon’tcreatethe world. Why create a world that constantly needs comforting? I’m comforting people all day long – singles, married women, pregnant, giving birth, thin women, beautiful women... they all need consolation, so what gives? Why is it like that?
The world needs consolation. That’s what emerges from the first Rashi on the Torah. Why did it start with Bereshit? Because people will come along and say: “You conquered that land! You’re thieves!” So we just show them Bereshit. “Actually no,” we can answer. “We’re not thieves. Look, this means Hashem gives or takes the land to whomever He chooses, and He chose to give it to us.”3
In other words, the world needs consolation because on the surface it appears that it’s a world of things taken by force. A world in which might makes right, in which the successful, the rich, the powerful, the attractive, take everything for themselves. Whereas the delicate, the sensitive, the weak, the modest, the not-so-hot, won’t get accepted to yeshiva, won’t get the desirable shidduch, and so on. Because your figure isn’t good enough, you don’t figure into anyone’s plans for
2 Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman, introduction, commentary on the Torah.
3 Rashi on Bereshit 1:1.
the good life. It looks like a might-makes-right world.
That’s what characterized the generation of the ַוִיְּראוְּבֵני-ָהֱאִהיםֶאתְבּנֹותָהאָָדםִכּיֹטֹבתֵהָנּה:Flood The sons of God – ַוִיְּקחוּ ָל ֶהם ָנ ִשׁים ִמ ֹכּל ֲא ֶשׁר ָבּ ָחרוּ saw the daughters of man, thay they were good, and they took as wives as they pleased. Who were these “sons of God?” Most commentators agree they were people who thought themselves superior. So they snatched up the beauties and left the rest. Might makes right.
I listened to a lecture. Someone was talking about Steve Jobs, inventor of the iPhone, the iPad, and recalled that the way Jobs did things was to steal ideas from people who were little cogs in the system, brilliant ideas from brilliant people, and present them as his own. He stole from them. And Hashem paved his way to success. That’s what the world looks like. A world where power reigns, where humility, delicateness, and weakness stand no chance.
And Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz of Mir says: if you don’t read the Torah in order week by week, to you the world will indeed resemble Flood-like chaos. (In fact the proper term in the yeshiva world for what we call the “parasha” is the “seder,” meaning “order.”)
In his golden words:
אני הרואה את התועלת הנעלה אשר רוכש כל בן ישראל אשר ממשיך את לימוד החומש תמידים כ ִסדרם, מדי שבוע בשבוע, כי רק על ידי זה הוא נעשה איש-סדר. וממהלך וסדר הבריאה יראה, איך הכל מיושב על מקומו ושעתו, בהמשך נכון ויראה את זהותו ועצמיותו מאוחדים, מחוברים הם איבריו ולא מדולדלים. קרוב הוא לעצמו ולנצחיותו.
כי מהלך שלם יש בעולם ועם הפסוק הראשון של "בראשית ברא", תיכף יחוש האדם שהבריאה אינה הפקר.4
הרב ירוחם ליבוביץ' ממיר, בהקדמה לפירושו "דעת תורה". 4
I see the lofty purpose that Yisrael attains
By continuing to study the Chumash regularly, Week by week, for only that way one becomes a person of Order.
From the process and order of Creation he will see How everything has its designated place and time, properly attuned,
And he will thus see his personal sovereignty and identity unified,
Connected to his limbs and not disjointed.
He is thus close to himself and his eternal purpose.

For there is an entire plan to this world,
And from the first verse of “In the Beginning”
A person can sense that Creation is not chaotic.
5
Just beautiful.
Only someone who follows the weekly Torah reading will not be buffeted by the Flood that is this world. By the greed and violence. Lady, you will always need comforting, because those who have power/beauty/clout/money will always look like they’re robbing everyone else – but that’s only a partial picture, only what’s revealed. Because really it’s not like that. There is order, justice, and a Judge in the world.
We’re on the cusp of the month of Cheshvan, which the Neviim call ֶי ַרח בּוּל – the month of Bul.6 It used to be called “the month of Mabbul” – of the Flood, the devastation, writes the B’nei Yissaschar, because that’s when the Deluge began, and even after the Flood, each year that month continued to see the onset of 40 days of stormy rains (it still overlaps with hurricane season). Only when Shlomo built the Beit HaMikdash did that
5 Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz of Mir, introduction to Daat Torah.
6 I Melachim 6:38.
stop. The mem, the forty days, from Mabbul disappeared, and we were left with Bul.7
Mabbul and Bul are opposites. Mabbul is total disorder, whereas Bul is a precise Bullseye.
Says the Bnei Yissaschar: take this Torah, week by week. You’ll watch as everything in your life starts to fall into place, bullseye. The first letter of the Torah is the bet of Bereshit; the last letter is the lammed of Yisrael; and the middle letter of the Torah (you’re welcome to count) is the second vav in כל ההולך על גחון – all that walks upon its belly,8 from Parashat Shmini. In order, they spell out Bul. Everything is precisely laid out. Bul.
And if you don’t accept order? You’ll be in all that ַעל ְגּ ֹח ְנ ֵת ֵל walks upon its belly – the snake, as in – on your belly you shall walk, and what’s more, anddustshalleatallthe–ְוָעָפרֹתּאַכלָכּלְיֵמיַחֶיּי days of your life.9 Nothing you eat will have any taste.10 You’ll end up walking around in the world as if on your belly, feeling there’s not taste, not taam, no sense, no purpose. The snake will say to you: “You see how much effort you put into things, and for nothing?”
For that reason Rashi opens his commentary with – מה טעם פתח בבראשית – ?the question Mah taam for what reason did the Torah start with Bereshit? Because this world seems like a huge chaotic flood, a world of violence and greed, a world of might makes right. So take this Torah! Nothing gives better consolation. Each weak it will reassure you, “There, there, ֶזה ְי ַנ ֲח ֵמנוּ this will console you from the toil of your soul.” The order of the Torah will organize your brain. You’ll feel that even when you’re crawling on your belly and everything seems senseless, that’s just because you’re only
7 Rav Tzvi Elimelech of Dinov, B’nei Yssaschar for the month of Cheshvan.
8 Vaykira 11:42.
9 Bereshit 3:14.
10 Bnei Yssaschar, Ibid.
seeing the middle of things. Everything is in order. You can’t really believe this is a world of chaos and theft.
That’s why no one can “steal” Eretz Yisrael. It decides whether we belong there. Why do I mention it? Because this week I heard a study of Israeli students, a large percentage of whom said they plan to leave the country once they finish school because there’s no housing here for young couples. Brain drain!
Indeed. Some people are leaking brains, just as one might lose calcium. If you don’t want to be here, it’s not because you don’t want to, but because the land doesn’t want you. As Rashi says: ֶאר ֶצה it’s called Eretz because that’s shorthand for – I desire – whether you live here depends on my, the land’s, desire. Whoever isn’t worthy doesn’t gettostay.
Only someone who learns the Torah in order will grasp this epic system. Everything looks entropic now, after the Chaggim: “Where do I even begin?” It’s OK – hold on to the Torah, and you’ll get exactly where you need to go. Bullseye, B’ezrat Hashem.
Translated by Rav David Swidler 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Gmar Chasima Tova

Thank you -Reitza Sarah- for sending this shiur given by Rav Moshe Weinberger on this past Motzai Shabbos.  If you have limited, listen to the first thirty minutes and the last 8.



Tomorrow at 4:30 pm NY time Rabbi Doniel Katz will be giving a shiur- in case you listened to the one from Rosh Hashana and wanted to follow up with his Yom Kippur one- it is posted on facebook on his elevation seminar page.  I don't have facebook so I can't guide you in that but Shuli will IYH send me the link to listen and I can forward to anyone that wants it.

Shuli also sent this uplifting message that made me smile:)
The great Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev was very calm when Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat and explained why it was so. It is known we are commanded as not to write on Shabbat, that it is a desecration of the holy Shabbat! Just for saving a life one is allowed to write. And therefore G-d can only write us in for a year of life as writing is only permitted for saving lives but for no other exception. We will surely be blessed and inscribed and sealed for a great year filled with all good both physically and spiritually!

G-ddirecttorah.com has shiurim given by Rabbi Cable, Rabbi Schwartz (and many more) to help us keep focussed and clear on how to achieve lasting deveikus, teshuva.

Hoping we all meet in Eretz Yisrael, NOW

Aviva Rus







Monday, September 18, 2017

Wishing you a KESIVA VECHATIMA TOVA!

I hope you all had the chance to listen to Rabbi Schwartz and his inner redemption series.  His clarity in how to achieve this and the simplicity with how he breaks it down for us, makes it feel achievable! IY'H.  See last 2 posts for how to join.  

The Rav spoke about our ratzon, will, at the very end of the shiur and Rav Nivin also discussed ratzon in his Rosh Hashana drasha- connecting to your true will rather than identifying with all the other retzonos that hide the true one.  (you can buy Rav Nivin's drasha from his website if you want to listen to it).

Devorah Yaffa has generously shared her workshop on how to reveal your true ratzon:

Activing Will in our Avodat Hashem: https://app.box.com/s/20vwvtegd06jz0ywhvxe (given as part of Devorah Yaffa's  on-line series Lights of Emunah)




Thank you everyone for the forwarding of amazing shiurim.

Below are a few of the forwarded shiurim.

If you would like the two minute video with Charlie Harary that Tootle Miriam Dolly sent to me, email me for a copy.  I can't upload it on this blog.

This is from Nomi:

Rabbi Doniel Katz:

In this 2 part practical meditation session, based entirelyly on authentic Torah sources, you will get a hold new tool-kit of extraordinary meditational techniques that will take your Yomim Noraim davening to whole new level. 

It also including kavanos and avodos to do as the shofar blows. 

This is perhaps one of the most profound workshops we have done, and according to what the Besht teachings us, if all klal Yisroel would hear and do this, we would, bring ourselves a huge step closer to geulah. 

It's worth making the time to sit through. You won't regret it.

And you're welcome to forward this email to anyone else you think would appreciate it. 

Doniel


-- 

This is from Shuli:


This is from Rav Tuvia from the Bilvavi website:
ROSH HASHANAH 3 
1.1 | Feeding Your Soul 4 
1.2 | L’Chayim L’chayim 14 
1.3 | Five Minutes A Day of Introspection 28 
1.4 | Getting Out Of Your Self 30 
1.5 | Mussar Vs. Chassidus 39 
1.6 | Nothing But The Truth 43 
1.7 | Preparing For Rosh HaShanah 51 
1.8 | Simanim Of Rosh HaShanah 64 
1.9 | Motivations In Prayer 70 
1.10 | The Avodah of Rosh HaShanah 78 
1.11 | A Mother Prepares for Rosh Hashanah 81 
1.12 | Meriting A Good Judgment 84 
1.13 | Praying For Others 89 
1.14 | Fear & Closeness of Rosh HaShanah 94 
1.15 | Joy On Rosh HaShanah 106 
1.16 | “One Thing I Seek” 113 
1.17 | Avoiding Self-Absorption On Rosh HaShanah 121 
1.18 | Nitzavim – Rosh HaShanah’s New Yetzer Hora 126
YOM KIPPUR 133 
2.1 | Ten Days of Seeking Hashem Himself 134 
2.2 | Getting to the Root of Sin 137 
2.3 | Forgiving Others 142 
2.4 | Finding Favor Again By Hashem 147 
2.5 | How To Do Teshuvah 152 
2.6 | Yom Kippur – Disconnecting from the Pleasure of Sin 160 
2.7 | Yom Kippur – A Day of Purity 174 
2.8 | Inner Teshuvah 184 
2.9 | Returning To Your Inner Purity 193 
2.10 | The Growth of Yomim Noraim – Before and After 201 
2:11 | Yom Kippur: Teshuvah and Beyond 205 
2.12 | Vayeilech – Yom Kippur – Atonement 213





Sunday, August 27, 2017

G-d direct Torah...

בס"ד
With tremendous gratitude to HaKadosh Baruch Hu, I present you with the latest Elul edition of G-d Direct Torah..
Please indulge me - I know there's much more information here than I usually post but there is just so much unbelievable learning going on for Elul and diverse ways of deepening in our relationship with HaKadosh Baruch Hu this month, I can barely keep track of it all. So to help you keep track, here is what I know of "What's Going On for Elul":
*First of all, starting September 17th, a new series with Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh author Rabbi Itamar Schwartz called "Inner Redemption". Learn how to gain access to your inner world, redeeming yourself from within and as more of us experience the "Geula from Within", the closer we all are to living in a redeemed world all around us. More information can be found on the home page.
*Next, I'd like to introduce you to Rabbi Yosef Farhi. Rabbi Farhi is a Torah life coach who uniquely combines coaching concepts with Torah and shows us how our ancient wisdom relates to our everyday modern lives. Rabbi Farhi comes from a long line of Syrian Jews who were and continue to be "moser nefesh" for the Sephardi Jewish community in particular, and for Klal Yisrael at large. Starting soon after the chagim, Rabbi Farhi will be taking his heretofore wisdom that, up until now he has shared with thousands of dedicated readers primarly via his popular Thinkingaboutme weekly parsha sheets, and taking this wisdom to the next level. He will be giving over these "Torat chaim" life principles that Hashem is communicating to us every week from the Parsha and sharing them with a new phone chaburah community we are building. LISTENto this sample from this week's Parshat Shoftim and see for yourself how Rabbi Farhi makes the Torah and our connection to Hashem come alive. To register for this upcoming phone series or for more information, contact me. and/or visit his website.
*Starting in two weeks, Rabbi Tzadok Cable will be giving a new phone series learning in depth "Kavanah in our Tefilah." If you're at all like me and you desperately would like to have more of a connection to Hashem while davening, this is a MUST series! Rabbi Cable will be going through each of the brochot of the Amidah, showing us it's depth in meaning, why and how tefilah is structured the way it is, and how to use our davening to maximize our connection to our Creator. To register for this upcoming phone series or for more information, contact me. and/or visit his website.
*If you knew you could change your Elul and as a result your entire year for just $1, would you do it? If yes, so you'll want to check out Rabbi Aryeh Nivin's new Elul series which began this week. As Rav Nivin explains, most people don’t appreciate that the month of Elul is the greatest time of the year to gain self-knowledge and deep personal understanding. Embedded into the fabric of Elul is the opportunity to reach your deepest essence in the most profound way. Unfortunately, Elul gets lost in our summer vacations or our regular work day. Most people would love to experience the power of Elul, but they don’t know how. This year can be different. R’ Aryeh Nivin’s Chaburas for the first time ever is offering three different tracks for connecting yourself and others to Elul in the most profound way. It's still not too late to sign up here.
*And finally saving the best for last, my dear soul friend Nechama Sarah Burgeman will be presenting her 3rd "Getaway Retreat" in her beautiful airy home alongside the forested meadows of the tribe of Dan's territory. The "Princess of Dan"will be guiding us in a very personalized, experiential way to unleash the healing powers of our limbs and muscles. Based on the teachings from her book "The Twelve Dimensions of Israel", Nechama Sarah is guiding us through the yearly cycle, learning how to use our physical bodies as a means to plug into the potential energies inherent in every Jewish month. Join us for the Hilula of Dan ben Yaakov at Kever Dan and a special one day retreat to get us ready for Rosh HaShana. Space is limited to 10 so to reserve your spot or for more details/itinerary, contact me and view our flyer available under More Chiuzk
Also featured in this month's edition, our "G-d Direct" favorites:
▪ Chaya Hinda Allen begins a new series for Elul
▪ Rabbi Moshe Weinberger
▪ Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinksy
▪ Rebbetzin Tziporah Harris
▪ Rabbi Avrohom M.Alter and much more!
Chaya Hinda Allen begins a new series for Elul
Rabbi Moshe Weinberger
Rabbi Yaakov Zalman Labinksy
Rebbetzin Tziporah Harris
Rabbi Avrohom M.Alter and much more!
May we all gain tremendous chizuk from this powerful Torah and use these days to prepare us in the best possible way for the upcoming Yomim HaNoraim.
ps keep checking the site between now and throughout Tishrei as I hope to continue updating. Hopefully there's enough on the homepage for now to get you started towards preparing for a great new year!
pps don't forget to check out our More Chizuk tab for some more great chizuk for the Yomim Tovim.
  


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Happy birthday Rav Moshe Weinberger

In celebration of the 60th birthday of Rabbi Moshe Weinberger,  a few of us got together to surprise him for a special birthday present. Together with my brother Eitan, Chaim Dovid and Yosef Karduner we went into the studio to record a song, based on words from R’ Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook ZT”L, whose 82nd Yahrtzeit is tonight, the 3rd of Elul.

I had the privilege of composing the melody to this precious poem, a poem that was one of the first teachings which R’ Weinberger himself learned from the Torahs of R’ Kook.

We are honored and excited to be sharing this song with you, as we have begun to discover who we really are, during the month of Elul.

What will emerge from this year's discovery?

Within each and every one of us lies a special instrument, a violin, a guitar, a flute or a drum. Sometimes it takes a while until we learn how to play our own instrument, but from the moment one begins to swim into the sea of Teshuvah, a song begins to sprout forth from the depths of one's soul. It is this song which expresses our inner essence, and brings hope and inspiration to all who hear it.

Poet of tshuvah, Have you been born yet?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fYrT4_C5AvA

Monday, August 14, 2017

Inner Redemption By Rav Schwartz!


INNER REDEMPTION SERIES 1
בס"ד
Thank you for expressing an interest in this amazing opportunity to learn with Bilvavi author Rav Itamar Schwartz, Shlit”a in our upcoming INNER REDEMPTION SERIES.
This 4TH monthly phone chaburah, meets every first Sunday of every chodesh at 8:00 pm IST; 1:00 pm EST. Our first meeting will be September 17th. Class is always on Sunday. I always let everyone know a few days in advance to remind them of upcoming class.
Cost for the upcoming round of 12 classes is $180. ($15 per class)
» All classes will be recorded and are available via phone playback or mp3 recording for your listening convenience.
»
If you do not have access to internet, recordings will also be available on Kol Loshon’s phone service with a special access code for chaburah members only.
» Audio file w/ english translation will be posted within 1 day on the
www.bilvavi.net site.
» English transcript will be available within 3 days on the
www.bilvavi.net site.
» Hebrew only audio version will also be available within 3 days on the
www.bilvavi.net site.
This is a closed chaburah. Therefore, all recordings, mp3 links and access numbers are for the express review purposes of those registered for the chaburah and should not be forwarded to anyone who is not registered. Upon confirmation, you will receive the access numbers for the live classes to come and all recordings of classes you might have missed.
Please note: according to poskim, the cost of the chabura is 100% maaserable as the proceeds are going directly toward the publishing of the author's sefarim.
Format of the Class
The Rav will be speaking in hebrew accompanied by english translation throughout the course of the shiur. The Rav will speak on the topic for 45 minutes. Then we will open up the call to the women to ask the Rav questions for 30 minutes. Know in advance that your questions (via recording) will be made available to whoever registers. All questions should be focused and specific to the topic at hand and one minute only will be allotted to ask each question. Click here for a sample recording from our last INNER SILENCE chaburah with Rabbi Schwartz.

INNER REDEMPTION SERIES 2
To confirm your registration for the chaburah, please follow one of the payment options below
Online Payment
A Paypal account has been set up to receive registration. Anyone wanting to pay via Paypal/credit card should go to: www.paypal.com ; account name is: Robert@Aberman.net . Please make sure to save your Paypal receipt for future reference. Anyone paying via Paypal, add $8 to cover the extra processing costs that paypal automatically takes off the top of each payment. This should be done as one payment.
Payment by Check
Checks sent in the US are tax deductible should be made payable to: “Yeshivas Radin” and mailed to: c/o Rabbi Zvi Cohen, 14 N Crest Place, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Once you have put the check in the mail or paid via paypal, reply to DevorahYaffa@G-dDirectTorah.com. At this point you are considered “confirmed” and you will receive the recordings and access codes and dial-in information to be a part of this live and interactive opportunity to learn with Rabbi Schwartz. Register before September 1st and receive a FREE bonus ebook: “The Best of Bilvavi.”
If anyone has any questions that I did not address above, please email me at:
DevorahYaffa@G-dDirectTorah.com
If you did not register on the www.bilvavi.net site, then we need the following info: Last name: __________________________________________________
First name: __________________________________________________ Email: ______________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________________________

City: _______________________________________________________ Country: ____________________________________________________ How did you hear of this series? _________________________________
This can be faxed to: +972 3-548-0529 | or in Israel to 03-548-0529 Additional info: USA 973.484.9396 | Israel 02-930-9965 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Good Shabbos



chabad.org
בְּחוֹרֶף תרנ"ב כַּאֲשֶׁר אַאַמוּ"ר לָמַד עִמִּי בְּסֵפֶר הַתַּנְיָא "וְנֶפֶשׁ הַשֵּׁנִית בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל הִיא חֵלֶק אֱלֹקַהּ מִמַּעַל מַמָּשׁ", הִסְבִּיר כִּי הַנּוֹשְׂאִים בְּתֵּיבַת מִמַּעַל וּבְתֵיבַת מַמָּשׁ הֵם הֲפָכִים. מִמַּעַל תּוֹאֲרוֹ רוּחָנִיּוּת שֶׁבְּרוּחָנִיוּת וּמַמָּשׁ תּוֹאֲרוֹ גַּשְׁמִיוּת שֶׁבְּגַשְׁמִיוּת. וַיְבַאֵר כִּי זֶהוּ מַעֲלַת נֶפֶשׁ הַשֵּׁנִית, שֶׁעִם הֱיוֹתָה רוּחָנִיוּת שֶׁבְּרוּחָנִיוּת פּוֹעֶלֶת בְּגַשְׁמִיּוּת שֶׁבְּגַשְׁמִיוּת.
In the winter of 5652 (1891),1 my revered father, the Rebbe [Rashab], taught me the statement in Tanya2 that “the second soul3 of a Jew is an actual part of G‑d Above.” He pointed out that the terms “actual” (mamash4 ) and “from above” (mimaal) are contradictory. “From above” alludes to the very highest levels of spirituality,5 whereas “actual” denotes the most palpable physicality.6
This, he explained, is the unique gift of the Divine soul.7 Though it is sheer ethereal spirituality, it impacts physicality at its most palpable.8

A Story with an Echo
A certain middle-aged American Jew was relocating in a new city. He had been attending Friday evening meals at the local Chabad House for several weeks, and soon began attending classes. His questions were intelligent and relevant, and while he enjoyed any subject that was meaty and intellectual, he was particularly drawn to Chassidus.
Suddenly he stopped attending not only classes, but even the convivial Friday evening meal. He had not left a phone number, and the Chabad House rabbis were unable to locate him.

Three weeks later he reappeared. He was wearing a kippah, his beard had begun to surface, and he enquired where he could purchase mezuzos, how he could kasher his home, and the like. When asked about this development, he explained that in the last class he had attended, he had learned something that made him feel challenged — the concept of the Jewish soul’s being “an actual part of G‑d.” If it was true, he sensed, he would have to develop an entirely different sense of identity from the one he had grown up with in secular America. He had had to wrestle with this issue — and do so alone.

Ultimately, he decided to identify with the Tanya’s image of a Jew. Having made that decision, the beard, the mezuzos, kashrus, and all the other mitzvos, came naturally. When the Torah became the source of his identity, the totality of Jewish observance followed as a natural consequence.
Footnotes
1.
When the Rebbe Rayatz was eleven-and-a-half years old.
2.
Ch. 2. See also the entry for 13 Kislev.
3.
I.e., the nefesh Elokis — the Divine soul.
4.
Mamash is related to mishush (“touching something palpable”) and to mamashus (“substantiality”). Cf. Rashi on Shmos 10:21.
5.
In the original, ruchniyus sheberuchniyus.
6.
In the original, gashmiyus shebegashmiyus.
7.
In the original, “the second soul.”
8.
Igros Kodesh of the Rebbe Rayatz, letter #1056, Heb. Vol. 4, p. 404.