Let’s go back to Rebbe Nachman of Breslov’s seminal teaching on seeing the good.
I bet for every one person who commented or emailed me here the last couple of weeks, there have been 500 at home in a state of high agitation.
I know, believe me I know, it’s been an intense few weeks here on the blog, hasn’t it?
One thing seems to be shining out from everything we’ve been learning together the last few weeks, and that is that God wants us to think for ourselves.
And to build a genuine relationship with Him, because there is just no telling how ‘bona fide’ any of the spiritual mentors we have in our world really are, without that direct connection to God.
In this post, I just want to flag up some important points, address a reader’s question, and then set out some signposts for other blog posts that I highly recommend you go back and read, in order to have more of an answer to the question of how do we deal with all this new information.
First, let’s sum up where we’ve got to:
- We have reached that stage in history where no-one can fall back on their yichus, and expect that this should confer some automatic superiority over anyone else.
- We have learnt that the same family trees, the same nuclear families, have produced both the biggest saints, and the biggest sinners in the Jewish world.
- Rabbenu’s path is always one of showing the ‘important people’ that they still have so very much work to do, spiritually, whilst also showing the ‘lowest of the low’ that they are still incredibly important and valuable to God. That process has been going on in spades all over this blog, the last few weeks.
- Most of the Jewish community, most of the State of Israel, seems to be under the sway of people with distinctly Frankist tendencies and connections.
- All these people are connected to each other behind the scenes, and are also pushing a ‘transformative’ agenda where orthodox Judaism is surpassed by some syncretized, ‘one world religion’, together with other weird Frankist ideas about loving nature, and turning everyone into the Borg.
I think that sums up the main points.
Now, what do we DO about all this?
First, let me answer the question someone sent me over email:
Since Rav Lazer’s enemies accuse him of being a Sabbatean (I should know: When some of them contacted me, that’s exactly what they said, and I have it in writing), his defenders need to make clear why he is not one.
Here’s what I responded to them:
1) The BESHT’s mirror principle is always in operation.
The Tzaddik is just a mirror.
Those people who have pretensions to lead the nation, and to be the big enchilada and the main spokesperson for Am Yisrael¸ they look at the Tzaddik and they see a false messiah peeking back at them.
Abusive, angry people who want to ‘force’ others to do what they say, and think the way they think come near him, and they start to believe, incredibly, that the Tzaddik is an abusive, angry, controlling person
Self-righteous people who like to pretend they are perfect get a glimpse of the Tzaddik, and they come away convinced that he’s a hypocrite who is hiding a whole bunch of horrible sins underneath his flawless exterior – just the way they are, themselves.
People who are obsessed with making money, or miserly tightwads who are allergic to the idea of paying out 10% of their income to charity come close and all they see is dollar $ign$ – it drives them bonkers that people pay money to the Tzaddik for pidyonot!!!! They can’t stand it!!! How has that guy figured out how to dupe people into paying him large amounts of cashfor free???!?!?!?!
Innately immoral people who support taavah-dik lifestyles look at the Tzaddik and see someone who’ll stop at nothing to gratify his own lusts and desires.
And the list goes on and on.
(It’s a side point, but it seems obvious that the Tzaddik’s most outspoken critics tend to be the most troubled people, for the reasons outlined above. They’re getting ‘triggered’ all over the place by all the ‘uck’ that’s reflecting back at them.)
Take a look at the people who have been in the forefront of slandering the Rav, and judging him so harshly, and then understand something profound:
The faults they were pointing out in him, are exactly their own faults.
My correspondent also wanted to know how we can know who was really a Sabbatian, and who wasn’t.
Those five souls were:
- Moshe Rabbenu
- The Arizal
- Rebbe Nachman
IMHO, the test is humility.Why?Because the Gadol haDor is an aspect of Moshe Rabbenou who was the redeemer of Erets Mitzraim. And we know that the geoula shelema will mirror yetzias mitzraim.How?We will be redeemed by the aspect of Moshe Rabbenou anchored in the Tzadik of the Generation.Moshe Rabbenou was despised by the Hebrews in Egypt. 1/5 of them left Egypt where 4/5 stayed stuck there believing that Moshe Rabbenou was the leader of a cult. What was the sole and only feature which HaShem Yitbarach was looking for in the Redeemer?
Humility.Someone who was able to nullify himself for avodat HaShem. Someone who would accept all humiliations just to be at the service of the one G.od. Someone who would run away from the honors and all the VIP treatment of men.This is the birur, everything which is made with self-sacrifice, lishma, deserves to be added to kedousha.Everything which is made to get rewards, honors, admiration of men goes to the Sitra Acha, the other side of holiness.Let’s apply this test to currents of Judaism or their leaders and you have the answer. Most of them did tremendous good things, this is undisputed. But one has to ask itself whether this work when to kedousha or to sitra acha.
My conclusion being, these leaders did not fulfill the main condition for bringing the redemption, by revealing the or haganouz as they lack humility (politics is 100% the opposite therof).Redemption is about bringing light into this world which can only be done through nullification.
And the test of having some humility and compassion also applies to us, too.
This is about continuing to respect the other person, and trying to understand the ‘good reasons’ they had for acting in such sick and perverted ways, but without accepting the evil itself.
It’s subtle, but the difference is literally all the world.
We all have to ask Hashem to show it to us, individually, via hitbodedut.
The time of shortcuts, of relying on other people – even great people – to do the hard spiritual work required for us to really have clarity and truth are over.
And I don’t think there is really any other way.
So, to conclude:
Truth is pouring out of all the cracks and crevices, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.
It’s a ‘sun with healing in its wings’, and it will heal the righteous, and burn up the wicked.
But the good news is that it’s very easy to get yourself out of the ‘wicked’ category, and into the ‘righteous’ side of things:
Just come clean, and admit you (and your ancestors, and your ‘tribe’, and your family) aren’t perfect.
And then we can really get down to the work of identifying exactly where things have gone wrong, and get on with the job of repairing them properly.
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