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Heralding the imminent arrival of Moshiach
Heralding the imminent arrival of Moshiach

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Beis Moshiach (USPS 012-542) ISSN 1082-0272 is published weekly, except Jewish holidays (only once in April and October) for $160.00 in Crown Heights. USA $180.00. All other places for $195.00 per year (45 issues), by Beis Moshiach, 744 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213-3409. Periodicals postage paid at Brooklyn, NY and additional offices. Postmaster: send address changes to Beis Moshiach 744 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213-3409. Copyright 2013 by Beis Moshiach, Inc.Beis Moshiach is not responsible for the content and Kashruth of the advertisements.
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CONTENTS
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:
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Boruch Merkur
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D’VAR MALCHUS
BASI L’GANI 5714
Beis Moshiach presents the maamer the Rebbe MH”M delivered on Yud Shvat 5714, in accordance with the custom established by the Rebbe to review each year a section of the Rebbe Rayatz’s maamer Basi L’Gani of 5710. • This year we focus on the fourth section of the profound and foundational chassidic discourse. • Part 3
Translated by Boruch Merkur
TOHU: A HOUSE WITH MORE LIGHT, MORE POWER
The explanation of why man depends on the three lower kingdoms, even for his spiritual subsistence, pertains to the fact that the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms are rooted in the [primordial] world of Tohu, which precedes [man’s place of origin] the world of Tikkun. The difference between the two worlds is expressed in the saying, “He builds in order to demolish and demolishes in order to build.” The [original] building that is demolished [Tohu] precedes the building that is constructed at the site of the demolition [Tikkun]. The intent here is not to trace the sequence of the origination of these  worlds, but to establish the causal relationship  between them, for there cannot be a construction at the site of the demolition if there first were not an original structure that was demolished. In fact, the original structure precedes the new  building not only causally but also qualitatively, as in the saying, “In Tohu there is a multitude of lights  but insufficient vessels [to contain them], whereas in Tikkun there are few lights but many vessels.” The concept of the many lights of Tohu is not just in terms of quantity (which is reminiscent of a physical condition) but also in quality (reminiscent of a spiritual condition); it is a different kind of emanation, one that is far superior.  What originates in Tohu is primordial in a manner akin to the way a peel precedes the fruit itself – not only physically but also spiritually. The  vitality of the peel precedes the vitality of the fruit in the same manner whereby Tohu precedes Tikkun. Thus, also in terms of his spiritual needs, man [whose soul is rooted in Tikkun] needs the mineral, plant, and animal kingdoms, for they originate in Tohu, which precedes Tikkun, and therefore contain [lofty] sparks of G-dliness.This explanation resolves how it is possible for the Animal Soul to cover over and conceal the G-dly soul. Namely, insofar as the origin of the Animal Soul vastly transcends the origin of the G-dly Soul. It is within the power of the Animal Soul, the Mitteler Rebbe explains, to conceal the G-dly Soul
 
According to the above it would follow that a ruach shtus would be able to conceal the entire truth, no truth being able to penetrate its veil of obscurity and concealment...
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 because the Animal Soul originates from Tohu,  whose power far exceeds that of Tikkun. Thus, it is said that the Evil Inclination is “first to plead his case” (Zohar I 179b) [appearing in a person from infanthood, whereas the Good Inclination is only introduced at the age of thirteen, the time of
bar mitzva
], for its source is Tohu, which precedes Tikkun. Since the Evil Inclination originates from Tohu, which precedes Tikkun, a
ruach
 emerges from it – a spirit that is (ultimately) only
 shtus
, folly – that covers over the truth, obscuring the truth as it is manifest in the Seider Hishtalshlus and as it is drawn into the soul of man.
EVEN THE IGNORANT ARE FEARFUL OF CERTAIN SINS
4. However, according to the above it would follow that a
ruach shtus
 would be able to conceal the entire truth, no truth being able to penetrate its  veil of obscurity and concealment. But we see that that is not so. Rather, when Jews are put to the test on a matter of faith, when confronted with an overt and utter departure from G-dliness, then, even the most frivolous Jew, who spends the majority of his life wallowing in the mire of extremely heinous sins, is unaffected by the
ruach shtus
; in such a pivotal case, it possesses no power to conceal from him the truth, etc. The power of faith brings the Jew to stand up to the test (not only with regard to faith itself, but) even in terms of thought, speech, and action. The Jew stands up to the challenge of self-sacrifice, not even going through the motions of an action that is contrary to the faith in one G-d. The same applies to uttering something that detracts from G-d’s unity, G-d forbid, even if he does not mean what he is saying, etc. (as the Alter Rebbe writes in
Tanya
, Ch. 19, end, 25b). Furthermore, even among the masses, the ignorant, and the small-minded, there are numerous prohibitions that Jews are fearful and petrified of transgressing. Now, this reluctance and trepidation is not on account of their possessing an intellectual appreciation of the severity of the sin. (They do not even possess the capacity for that kind of thought, having a much greater affinity with physical and material concerns than intellectual matters. That is, even the [spiritually accomplished] Beinoni is subject to the cumulative impact of simply eating and drinking, as well as partaking of other worldly activities, as explained in
Tanya
 Ch. 13 (18b). [The mere interaction with physical things, especially on a prolonged basis, strengthens the person’s compulsion towards materialism.] How much more does this apply to those who are still striving to attain the level of Beinoni!) Rather, their naturally ingrained fear of sin predisposes them toward the dread of committing particular sins, especially those punishable by soul excision or death, etc. [What comes out from the above discussion is that clearly there are prohibitions that Jews naturally resist transgressing, and matters of faith that are not at all within the power of enticement of a
ruach shtus
. What accounts for this only partial dominion of the Animal Soul? If its source transcends that of the G-dly soul, what power is there that protects a Jew from its total domination, exposing him more readily to these more serious sins?]The answer is that Tohu precedes Tikkun only  within Seider Hishtalshlus. Both Tohu and Tikkun are created worlds [each possessing qualities that can be ranked within a hierarchy]. But it is only in this context, within Seider Hishtalshlus, that Tohu is antecedent to Tikkun. Beyond the Seider Hishtalshlus (it is not that the two worlds are equal, but) Tikkun actually comes first. At that level [higher than the entire Seider Hishtalshlus, the natural order of Creation], the ruach shtus has no influence, etc. (To be continued be”H)
 
When Jews are put to the test on a matter of faith, when confronted with an overt and utter departure from G-dliness, then, even the most frivolous Jew, who spends the majority of his life wallowing in the mire of extremely heinous sins, is unaffected by the ruach shtus; in such a pivotal case, it possesses no power to conceal from him the truth.
 
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