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The Sixties Radical-Azriel Tanya teaches us how to be Human

These words were taken from Rabbi Gordon’s class on Tanya.

Tanya is the road map to what it means to be a human being.  This sacred book teaches us how to function as a human being.

Tanya teaches us who we are and how we can master our own short comings.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel- G-d wants us to be set Free.

Pastor James Koppang sermon Sunday October 15th grabbed me by the throat and screamed at me: “Hey man this is wake-up call.”

I have been having these wake-up calls for the past three months or so.  A wake-up call is more of an understatement. It is more like a punch to the solar plexus. It sucks the wind out of you. I need it.

Pastor James words exploded in my heart, my mind, my body, and my soul.

“Freedom is important to G-d. Real freedom is led by the spirit of G-d. Real freedom doesn’t mean you don’t get to do what you want to do. Anger is idolatry.  Idolatry is what you turn to when in the time of trouble. “

Pastor James added this real kicker:’ Porn is a huge problem in the Church. We have to get serious.”

We (I) have to get real serious about the things of G-d.

I do. For I do not want to be cut off from G-d and my people.

G-d’s word is our instruction manual.

G-d’s word is not a history book. It is a book of lessons.

L-rd teach me.

Break my heart so I can follow you and do whatever you want me to do without the Chametz getting the way of doing your work Yeshua.

My prayers for the past three months or so have been “Make me clean. Get all of anger out of me. Get Chametz out of me., The ego., The anger. Bring me back to you. Clean out all of my shortcomings and deflects of character so I become more like you L-rd.”

By doing these simple acts of kindness, generosity, and compassion has brought more peace into our home.

I am hard headed. I am stubborn. I am stiff necked. I am Jew who is a follower of Yeshua. This is the good and the bad. I argue. I fight for what is right. When I am wrong I admit it. Point me in the right direction for G-d I am relentless.

Basic Chassidic teaching states that anger is worshiping at the altar of Idolatry.

The only way I can change is if I have a broken heart. I must admit that am a sinner.

Doing Mitzvah’s brings about the nullification of me.

Mitzvah means revelation.

Thank you, Pastor James, for your loving words.

I love you Pastor James.

Real freedom is doing and living G-d’s word.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel G-d Godliness Creation

What is G‑d and what is G‑dliness?

We are the creation, a thought He thinks about.

G‑dliness is His mode of thought.

G‑d is beyond all thought.


The Sixties Radical-Azriel Guarding our inner Sanctuary

I must learn to guard my heart against the evil inclination that attacks it.  I must guard my family, my church, my house and all things of G-d against the evil inclination that tries to destroy the inner sanctuary of our lives.

G‑d then instructed Moses to organize the Jewish people into a specific army formation. The Tabernacle was in the middle, surrounded by three tribes on each of its four sides. (For this purpose, the descendants of the two sons of Joseph – Manasseh and Ephraim – were counted as separate tribes; thus, there were 12 non-Levite tribes.)

[G d told Moses, “The Israelites] must camp around the Tent of Meeting [i.e., the Tabernacle].”When you lend money . . . Numbers 2:2

The people’s encampment on all four sides of the Tabernacle symbolized how they protected the holy edifice and the Torah that resided in its innermost sanctum. Certainly, the Torah does not need our protection – on the contrary, the Torah and its commandments protect us. However, G‑d chose to entrust us with the noble mission of protecting the Torah.

Similarly, we must guard our personal, inner sanctuary – within our hearts and within our homes – from all four sides: from cool spiritual indifference on the cold north; from hot, lustful passions on the warm south; from self-gratification over brilliant accomplishments on the morning east; and from dark despair on the evening west.1 Hitva’aduyot 5745, vol. 4, p. 2103; Reshimot 62 (p. 15); Or HaTorah, Bemidbar, vol. 4, pp. 1360–1361, 1396–1397; Zohar 2:156a; Igrot Kodesh, vol. 6, p. 185.


The Sixties Radical-Azriel Entering the Palace

Intelligence can map the journey to the palace of truth. But it dare not enter there. For within the blinding light of truth, intelligence is a nothingness, a void.

Faith is prepared to throw itself into fire for the truth. But, on its own, it cannot find its way.

Hand in hand, intelligence and faith, understanding and wisdom, find their way into the most inner chambers of truth.

Va’erah 5721:4; Maamar Bayom Ashtei Asar.


The Sixties Radical-Azriel The Blessing of Moshe

Think about this for more than a few minutes or so.

Moses blessed the tribe of Asher with such an abundance of olive orchards that it would seem as if they were always dipping their feet in olive oil. They would share this abundance of oil with their fellow Jews.

[Moses] said of [the tribe of] Asher: “He will gratify his brothers, for he will immerse his foot in [olive] oil.” Deuteronomy 33:24

The foot – the lowest part of the body – signifies the simplest aspect of our relation to G‑d: submission to His will. In contrast, oil – the source of candlelight – signifies insight (chochmah, in Hebrew), the most sublime faculty of the intellect. Thus, immersing the foot in oil signifies our recognition of the virtue of simple submission over intellect.

The fact that the tribe of Asher “gratified his brothers” by supplying them with olive oil indicates that their attitude toward our relationship with G‑d influenced the other tribes. The deep sense of selflessness that they inspire within us enables us to weather even the most difficult challenges to our faith.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 1, pp. 102, 107–109.



The Sixties Radical- Azriel The Unlikely Pair

His world is woven with the threads of cause and effect; she makes her choices with no need for reason.

He questions every premise; she accepts with complete certitude.

His world revolves around his own good; her’s around that which has greater gravitational pull.

Yet, without one another, neither is complete, neither can find it’s own essence or know its own truth.

Superficially, they seem impossibly incompatible.

At their core, intellect and faith are the perfect marriage.

Va’erah 5721:4; Maamar Bayom Ashtei Asar.