Thursday, December 24, 2015

Our avodah together is IYH-fanning the flames...

Waking Up G‑d

A spark of G‑d slumbers within, as a flame hushed within the embers.
Will she awaken from ideas? 
They are only more dreams to sleep by.
Will she awaken from deep thoughts?
 She is smothered yet deeper within the ashes.
She will awaken when she sees her Beloved, 
the One Above with whom she is one.
And where will she see Him? 
Not in ideas, not in deep thoughts, 
but in a G‑dly deed that she will do, in an act of infinite beauty.
Then her flame will burn bright.

( words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman.) 

In 5648 (1887) my father was elected gabai (an official) of the Chevra Kadisha.1
 As was customary he was led on Simchat Torah in procession to the shul 
accompanied by a throng. 

At that time he said the maamar beginning "Ein H.B.H. ba bitrunya." 
The conclusion was: 

Even the great minds who are here must lay aside their intellects 
and not be ruled by their reason and knowledge, 
for they are susceptible to being misguided by their intellect 
to the point that their end may be a bitter one. 
The essential thing in these times of the "footsteps of Mashiach" 
is not to follow intellect and reason, 
but to fulfill Torah and mitzvot wholeheartedly, 
with simple faith in the G-d of Israel.

Compiled by the Lubavitcher Rebbe; Translated by Yitschak Meir Kagan    

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