Elul Thoughts-Ki Teitzei
Here is something I have put together based on the Devarim teachings of The Rebbe, Rav Erez, Rav Shlomo Katz, and Rav Pinson. I pray that it is accurate and that it will help everyone with the work of Elul. I would love your comments and insights.
It seems to me that we are always fighting the yetzer hara and working on our tikkunim from the periphery, or the outside.
We discover an action, a thought, or a spoken that is not in align with Hashem and we wish to correct it.
So we work to understand it, to let go of it, to transform it by discussing what is the underlying belief. by quoting our teachers, by studying torah, and through prayer and supplication.
What I have learned over the last few weeks is what i believe to be an even more powerful approach. It is nothing less than a complete return to G-d.
Why did Moshe use the singular form of the word Re’eh:
It was to teach us that inside each of us there is a tzaddik and that we were created for greatness.
We must look deep inside on a daily basis and find the part of us that is eternally holy and TRULY connect to it. Even if we are in a low place, our soul is not.
All we have to do is believe that everything surrounding our souls is nothing more that the yetzer hara trying to weaken us. Our souls are great and they deserve to come forth. With the help of Hashem our innate holiness can come out.
Ki Teitze opens with ” When you will go out to battle with (above) your enemy ”
When we do battle with our insecurities, negativities, and challenges we either struggle with them or we can battle from “ABOVE” them.
When we work from above the challenge, we have already won. When we connect to our core, our divine essence, the place where we are righteous and perfect then we are able to align with our true self and place our thoughts, words, and actions where they supposed to be.
Through recognizing our essence as perfect, we can overcome all challenges by simply aligning our present behavior with the goodness at our core.
In Shoftim the Ishbitzer teaches us about judges, police, and kings.
The levels we must pass through are:
– G-d is showing us the difference between right and wrong.
– G-d is carving his words into me such that I don’t have to force myself to do right – it becomes my nature.
– G-d allows us to go beyond consciousness – to a place where we feel the oneness with him, a place beyond the mind.
– Finally, even my failings become nothing more than a part of the plan.
So where is that place beyond the mind — it is the core we spoke of already.
Finally the Rebbe teaches us throughout the book of Devarim that:
The closer we come to and become aware of G-d the less important the illusions of the world become and the more our divine personality comes through.
Our goal is to come to KNOW the transcendence of G-d. We do this by making torah study a spiritual encounter rather than an intellectual one.
*** Only by identifying our divine soul and by fostering awareness of the holiness within us can we experience pure love for G-d, avoid the pitfalls of the world, and live up to our true destiny.
It is only through a divine gift that G-d permits us to experience his essence. The revelation first is felt in our inner essence and afterwards reaches our periphery.
What I am taking from all these teachings is that we accomplish all that we were meant to do in this world by learning to connect to our inner core. Everything can be overcome from that place.
SO HOW DO WE DO IT – I BELIEVE THAT IT IS DONE THROUGH SPEAKING WITH G-D WITH COMPLETE HONESTY AND SINCERITY, FOLLOWED BY GOING DEEP INTO OUR HEARTS AND SITTING THERE IN COMPLETE SILENCE, THE PLACE OF BITUL.
I wish you all a wonderful elul and may hashem allow us all to find our core.