The Sixties Radical-Azriel Sharing the Workload

In every venture, divide the workload between yourself and your Partner Above.

Where is the dividing line? That depends on the sort of venture.

When it comes to anything to do with money, health, or anything material, the dividing line is that point at which you become emotionally obsessed. Up until there, do your job as best you know how. Anything necessary past that line is best left in His trust.

In spiritual matters, take whatever He gives you and fire it up with all you’ve got.

Kuntres Umayan, Maamar 17; Maamar Mayim Rabim 5738

The Sixties Radical-Azriel Love Conquers Hatred

Avraham’s love for G-d stopped all evil thrown at him.  When I love G-d and do HIS mitzvahs- treat others as the way I want to be treated (love my fellows), perform acts of kindness, generosity and love HaShem will protect me.

Balaam hoped to get G‑d to agree to curse the Jewish people by “reminding” Him of how quick they had been to rebel against Him repeatedly during their 40 years in the desert.

Balaam arose in the morning and saddled his donkey. Numbers 22:21

Balaam loathed G‑d and His emissaries, the Jewish people, with a passion. By rising early to set out on his mission of evil, he hoped to “remind” G‑d how quick the Jews had been to rebel against Him. But G‑d informed Balaam that his quickness had been preempted by that of the patriarch Abraham. Abraham had risen early in the morning in order to lovingly and devotedly fulfill G‑d’s command to sacrifice his son Isaac. The merit of Abraham’s love of G‑d counterbalanced Balaam’s hatred. Abraham’s love had been inherited by the Jewish people; their rebellions in the desert had merely been temporary lapses in their inherent, undying devotion to G‑d.

Similarly, whenever we find ourselves having to repair the damage we might have caused by having deliberately disregarded G‑d’s will, the surest way to make amends for such misdeeds is to bolster our love for Him. This love will in turn transform past misdeeds into the motivation for doing good deeds. Just as G‑d transformed Balaam’s curses into a blessing, we too can always transform “curses” into blessings.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 28, pp. 163–164.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel The Danger of Either or Thinking

This lesson very important for all of us.

Me too.

The incident of the spies, recounted in the previous section, underscored the importance of entering the Land of Israel in order to fulfill G‑d’s commandments in the physical world. Soon afterward, Moses’ cousin Korach staged a rebellion against Moses’ authority.

[Korach and his supporters] confronted Moses. Numbers 16:2

Korach mistakenly concluded from the incident of the spies that the study of the Torah is not intrinsically superior to the performance of the commandments. Therefore, he reasoned, a person who works for a living has no need to aspire to moments of “reconnection” to spirituality. As such, he further concluded that there is no need for an elite class of individuals – the tribe of Levi, the priests, and the high priest in particular – who would be devoted exclusively to the spiritual life in order to inspire the rest of us.

Moses responded to Korach’s claims by telling him that a clergy devoted exclusively to the service of G‑d is indeed necessary, in order to inspire those involved in the mundane world and instruct them as to what is permitted and what is prohibited. Without such inspiration and guidance, it is too easy to lose sight of our ideals and end up as slaves to materiality rather than its masters.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 8, pp. 108 ff.

The Sixties Radical- Azriel Yeshua is the only remedy for Rejection!

Pastor Kathy Gray’s sermon Sunday November 19th took my breath away.

Pastor Kathy said:’ Yeshua is moved by compassion not pity. True compassion is to heal the leper. Compassion comes from the bowels of mercy.”

Then Pastor Kathy dropped the atomic bomb;” True compassions requires that one must vulnerable to hurt.  One must place themselves in a position to be hurt to be truly compassionate.”

Yeshua did it!

Yeshua is the example for us (me) to follow.

Then Pastor Kathy added this real kicker:” The only remedy for rejection is Yeshua.”

Think about these words for more than a minute.

I kept hearing this voice say to me: “Teach these things thoroughly to your children. When you sit at home. When you walk along the way. When you retire. When you arise.  Write them on the door posts of house and upon your gate. Bind them for a sign on your arm and let them tefillin between your eyes” (This is taken from our morning prayer)

Then this lesson replayed in my mind from my class on the Chumash by Rabbi Gordon.

The third day of creation is compassion. This shows how important severity is. The first day of creation is severity. The second day of creation is kindness and the third day of creation is compassion.

You need a triangle of severity, kindness, and compassion. Compassion is the base of the triangle and this brings out beauty of both day one and day two of creation.

Without the severity, without the detail you have nothing.

We really do not appreciate what we have until the third day of creation.

To prove this point we do not appreciate Avraham. Avraham produced Ishmael as well as Yitz’chak.  From too much kindness comes as Ishmael.

We do not appreciate Yitz’chak fully. In addition to Ya’akov Yitz’chak produced Esau.

The bottom of the triangle is Ya’akov. He is combination of the triangle Avraham and Yitz’chak (Kindness and Severity) and thus Ya’akov was able to establish the children of Israel.

This is the perfection of the third part of the triangle.

It is only the third day that we appreciate the blessing of the first and second day.

This is why the good of the second day is mentioned on the third day.

Let’s take this a step further.

Ya’akov is Torah and Torah is Ya’akov. Ya’akov is the second Adam.

The last Adam is Yeshua. Yeshua is Torah and Torah is Yeshua.

All three Adam, Ya’akov, and Yeshua represent all Jews from the beginning of time till the end of time.

Yeshua is the Son of Man- The Moshiach. Yeshua is the combination of the three parts of the triangle. The sides kindness and severity and the base compassion.

Pastor Kathy summed it up this way:” G-d at the right time adapted us. We are G-d’s adopted kids.”

When Pastor Kathy speaks, I listen and then do.

Pastor Kathy comes from the line of great prophets that began with Sarah.

Pastor Kathy is a true Tzaddik (righteous person).

How did Pastor Kathy know I just finished up a class on C.S. Lewis? Lewis is a man that G-d gave great insight to. His writings touched on what is happening in this day age.

Praise G-d I have great teachers like Pastor Steve and Kathy Gray.

I love my teachers Pastor Steve and Kathy Gray.

I also have great fear too for I see HaShem in both Pastor Steve and Gray. For they are truly G-d’s servants.  I have seen many times when Pastor Steve and Kathy Gary are preaching G-d’s word I saw G-d standing behind them and covering them with the kippah.  I saw it today when Pastor Kathy Gray preached.

The Sixties Radical-Arziel Wall Street Idols

The ancients looked up at the heavens and gazed at the stars in their constellations. They honored them as stewards of divine energy and life, as the embodiment of all forces of nature and the origin of human passions.

They were wise, but they were fools—they abandoned the Master for the servant. For in truth there is only One and all else is but a tool in His hand.

Modern man looks up to the headlines of the finance page and sees there all the forces that will make or break his career, his retirement plans, his success as a human being.

He too is a fool, for in truth there is only One and all else is but a tool in His hand.

Torat Menachem 5742, vol. 1, pg. 339. Maamar Bayom Ashtei Asar.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel Doubting Doubts

These words again hit me in the head. I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I feel. I am only moved by what I believe.  The lesson is this. “After hearing of G‑d’s plan to keep them in the desert for 40 years, some of the Jewish people regretted doubting that the Land of Israel could be conquered. They organized their own army and attempted to enter the land on their own. But because they went against G d’s will and lacked Moses’ leadership, the nations who lived near the border of the land repulsed them.

[Some of the Jewish people said,] “We are ready to go up to the place that G d said [He would give us].” Numbers 14:40

The people had initially refused to proceed toward the Land of Israel because they believed that it was impossible to conquer it, even with G‑d’s help. What caused them to suddenly abandon their skepticism? After all, Moses did not show them any new miracles, nor did G‑d appear and perform some heavenly exhibition of His strength.

Our sages point out that every Jew inherently believes in G‑d. Thus, even while the people were voicing their skepticism, they still believed in Him; their belief was just overshadowed temporarily by their emotions. Therefore, as soon as G‑d rebuked them and informed them of the severity of the consequences of their lapse of faith, their inherent faith was awakened.

The same is true of many of the doubts from which we occasionally suffer. Our questions are often due to an exaggerated material perspective on life. Deep within our hearts we indeed believe in G‑d. In such cases, the way to overcome our doubts is not to attempt to answer them directly but simply to reawaken the pure faith that lies dormant within us.1 Tanya, end of chapter 29 (37b).

The Sixties Radical-Azriel Synergy

Not only is there is no conflict between your work and your time for study, meditation and prayer—on the contrary, they complement one another:

When you start your day by connecting it to Torah, the day shines and all its parts work in synchronicity.

And when you work honestly, carrying the morning’s inspiration in your heart, your work itself rolls out the Torah before your open eyes.

The Sixties Radical