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Give life


This experience, to give life, to watch it grow, to be torn apart by it, to receive pleasure from it, and to give life again—for this the soul descended from its ethereal heights.

And when it shall return to there, enveloped in these memories, it will finally know their depth. And with them travel ever higher and higher.


It looks like a curse in reality it is a blessing from G-d


It all depends on how you look at it. This is a mind blower. When evil comes I used to blame it all on G-d. I was wrong. God gave me a huge correction on this very subject three years ago when He told me don’t ever speak to me that way again. Period end of discussion.

When it looks like I have been cursed in reality this is a lie. The truth is that this is a blessing that is too great to be revealed in my limited world and my limited myopic sight. Instead therefore it is disguised as a curse to give me free choice to earn the rewards for my choice to follow my father or not.

I can reject the evil or wallow in self-pity.

I never heard this before.

The Rebbe explains: “Moses urged the Jewish people to realize that G‑d gives them the choice between good and evil. Their choice will result either in a life of blessings or one of curses.

[Moses told the Jewish people in G‑d’s Name,] “See, I set before you today a blessing and a curse.” Deuteronomy 11:26

A Divine curse is actually a blessing that is too great to be revealed within our limited world and must therefore be “disguised” as a curse. Our challenge is to see it in this perspective, rather than falling into the trap of becoming angry with G‑d. Thus, pain and negativity exist in order to provide us with free choice. Free choice, in turn, exists in order to enable us to earn the rewards for our choices, so we need not feel unworthy of the blessings that G‑d bestows upon us.

When we recognize that evil exists solely to provide us with the free choice to reject it, our struggle with it becomes much easier.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 4, pp. 1339–1342.


G-d’s way is the only way


If we Jews imitate G-d’s way we will be successful. This means when we do acts,of kindness, generosity,  and love we are doing G-dly acts. And this pleases my father thus allowing us to bring heaven to earth so G-d will have HIS dwelling place. G-d’s dwelling place is in our hearts, our mind, our body and our soul.

“Moses promised the Jewish people that if they would keep G‑d’s commandments, imitate His goodness, and cleave to the sages of the Torah, G‑d would enable them to successfully drive out the nations that were occupying the Land of Israel

[Moses told the Jewish people] to walk in [G‑d’s] ways. Deuteronomy 11:22

The sages of the Talmud explain that this phrase means that we are intended to imitate G‑d’s goodness. “Just as He is merciful, so should you be merciful; just as He performs acts of loving-kindness, so should you perform acts of loving-kindness.” But inasmuch as G‑d’s goodness is infinite, how can we be expected to imitate Him?

The answer is that it is for this very reason that G‑d created us in His image. As such, we indeed possess G‑d’s infinite potential to do good.1 Hitva’aduyot 5746, vol. 2, p. 387.


Intensely Love G-d has two levels


There are two levels to intensely love G-d. One level is with all our heart. The second level is with all our might.

The Rebbe explains: “Moses then told the Jewish people that they should express their love of G‑d not only as individuals, but as a community.

[Moses told the Jewish people,] “If you love G‑d . . . with all your heart and with all your soul . . . ” Deuteronomy 11:13

This verse seems to repeat a similar verse in the previous section of the Torah – but in that verse we are told to love G‑d “with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.” Apparently, there are two levels of intensity in loving G‑d: one that includes “with all our might” – i.e., constantly rising above what we consider to be rational or even possible – and one that does not.

This is because we are not all the same. Some of us can maintain a constant awareness of G‑d’s presence in our lives that inspires us to love Him “with all our might,” while some of us cannot maintain this awareness constantly.

Nonetheless, even those of us who can serve G‑d only “with all our heart and all our soul” on an ongoing basis can still rise to serve Him “with all your might” occasionally. In the Messianic future, we will all be able to sustain this high level of Divine awareness. It is for this reason that both verses – both versions of our love of G‑d – have been included in the text of our daily prayers.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 9, pp. 79–85; Sefer HaMa’amarim Melukat, vol. 4, pp. 6–7; ibid., vol. 5, p. 282.


Reverence for G-d


Reverence for G-d means the fear I have that G-d would see me doing something that I would be ashamed of to have HIM see me doing. This means I am aware G-d is with me everywhere I go.

The children’s saying HaShem is here. HaShem is there. Hashem is everywhere. This means G-d goes everywhere I go. HIS presence is with me at all times. This is so cool.

Man I am not Moshe yet we Jews all have a spark of Moshe in us. And you know what? I am glad G-d’s presence is with me. This is an honour and privilege to have my father walk with me.

Hard yes, however in the end this is the only way.

Show me your glory.

“Moses then told the Jewish people that G‑d’s demands on them are not excessive, and certainly not disproportionate to the great mercy that G d continues to show them.

[Moses said to the Jewish people,] “What does G‑d demand of you? Only to revere G‑d.” Deuteronomy 10:2

This “reverence” is the fear that G‑d would see us doing something that we would be embarrassed or ashamed to have Him see us do. This constant awareness that we are living in G‑d’s presence might have been easy for Moses, but how could he assume that it would be easy for the rest of us?

The answer is that indeed, every Jew contains within him a “spark” of Moses. When we reveal our inner Moses, the fear of G‑d does indeed become relatively easy to attain.

The Moses within us is thus our inborn ability to reach profound levels of Divine consciousness. Possessing this inner spark enables us all to contemplate and meditate upon G‑d’s presence within the world and His being absolutely beyond the world, and thereby awaken ourselves to a profound awareness of His presence. Even though we may not be able to sustain this awareness constantly, the depth of its impression upon us when we contemplate it profoundly makes it relatively “simple” to reawaken this awareness at any time.1 Tanya, chapter 42


The Greatest Mitzvah is Charity


The greatest Mitzvah is Tzedakah Charity. “G‑d’s kindness” is drawn down through man’s “arousal initiated from below.” It is thus the coin that one gives a pauper that grants the giver the gift of “beholding G‑d’s face” — the internal aspect of G‑dliness — during prayer. In this way, man’s kindness and tzedakah elicit G‑d’s kindness and tzedakah.

However, the following must be understood: Since the Divine illumination must inevitably result from G‑d’s attribute of kindness and His tzedakah, why is man’s service necessary at all?

The Alter Rebbe answers this question by explaining that parallel to the above attribute, there also exists a Divine attribute of severity and contraction, that seeks to limit and screen the diffusion of the G‑dly light. It is man’s practice of kindness and tzedakah that ensures that the attribute of severity and Gevurah will not hinder the flow of Divine radiance that is to be revealed to him during prayer. Cf. Tikkunei Zohar 69:105a. Zohar II, 175b

G-d gave us HIs soul in writing. It is called The Torah


I give you my soul to you in writing. G-d wasn’t giving us a shopping list in writing. G-d was baring HIS soul to us in writing. G-d is asking his creation to do for Him what He needs. It was fifty days between our leaving Egypt and G-d revealing himself to us on Mount Sinai.   I am G-d your G-d. It is personal. G-d wants a relationship with us. G-d tells us we gotta talk. I did for you so you gotta do for me. G-d tells us I need you to do for me.

The Torah is a graphic description of what makes G-d, G-d.

Revelation is G-d is telling us how meaningful this is to HIM. Honouring your father and mother is more important to Him than to us.

Revelation means G-d is revealing himself. (Taken from the teachings of Rabbi Manis Friedman.)

G-d expressed HIS love through Kindness


This is taken from the Tanya. “Abraham epitomizes Chesed, the attribute of kindness; Isaac epitomizes Gevurah, the attribute of severity; the predominant attribute of Jacob is Tiferet, or Rachamim, compassion. The inward aspect of the soul’s divine service when motivated by Chesed is — the love of G‑d; the inward aspect of the soul’s divine service when motivated by Gevurah is — the awe of G‑d; so, too, divine service when motivated by compassion has its distinctive inward aspect “Love is internal and kindness is external. So, too, with regard to fear and severity [— the former is internal; the latter, external], as explained in Iggeret HaKodesh, Epistle 15, p. 123a.” (— Note of the Rebbe.)

This means G-d is kindness. G-d’s love is expressed through HIS kindness.

Trust G-d He is a good Father


“Yes, we believe. We believe that everything is in the hands of heaven. And so there is nothing to fret over, whether we fail or succeed.

But when we walk out the door into the cold, harsh world, why does that confidence lack the guts to come out with us?

It is because it hasn’t first walked from our soul into our minds.

If we would take the time to ponder, to mentally rehearse our part, to let that deep faith of our soul sink into our minds and our hearts, then it would be more than faith—it would be a vision, an attitude.

Don’t just believe it is so. Come to know that it is so.”


Thanks Pastor Steve Gray drumming this powerful lesson into my thick head

destruction of the temple

The hardest part is this one simple truth success is not achieved by my own effort. G-d is the source of my success. Period end of discussion.

My own self effort leads to my destruction. With this kind of thinking I am saying, “Hey G-d I don’t need you.”

This thinking leads to worship of self instead of G-d the one true existence who created the entire universe with ten utterances. G-d created me not the other way around. I am not a necessary existence. I can or cannot exist. G-d is the author of all creation not me.

It is all about G-d. Dying to self is very hard yet it is the key to get close to G-d and to experience a true and great relationship with my father.

This process of dying to self takes a long time.

How long?

A lifetime.

G-d warned us through HIS servant and the prophet to all the prophets Moshe with these words “Moses then warned the Jewish people not to take the goodness that G‑d would bestow upon them for granted.

[Moses warned the Jewish people, “Take care lest] you say to yourself, ‘It is my own strength and the might of my hand that have accumulated this wealth for me.’” Deuteronomy 8:17

Children often surpass their parents in many ways, even though they inherited their talents and abilities from their parents. The reason that children can manifest capabilities their parents do not seem to possess is because these talents remained dormant in the parents and only became active in their children.

Similarly, G‑d calls the Jewish people His “children.” He has indeed left it up to us to bring the world to its completion, granting us a measure of power that He has relinquished. Thus, when we accomplish something that helps bring the world closer to its ultimate fulfillment, we might mistakenly ascribe this accomplishment to our own power.

Therefore, the Torah reminds us that just as children owe their superior powers to their parents, from whom they inherited them, so should we recall that we owe all our power to accomplish great things in this world exclusively to G‑d.1 Hitva’aduyot 5743, vol. 4, pp. 1857–1859.”


Thank G-d for my teacher and Pastor, Pastor Steve Gray for drumming this into my thick head.