" As a Jew.. "
There is no Jewish nation without the Torah, and the Torah is not complete without the land of Israel.
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Leaving the community and still living the Torah way of life
The Torah way of life, what does it really mean? Is it living in a community or being really frum, what makes a difference in how well we live by Halacha, keeping the Mitzvot, I did a lot reseach and ask a lot questions, to Jews from different backgrouds, various Chassidus, and I got some answers, but mostly it was not wat I was looking for.
Questions arises as an OTD, when you leave for whatever reason your community, what are you going to do? Where do you go from there, which way should you turn, its not as simple as you might think, many who left their communities having difficulty surviving, often don't have the proper education, languages problems, how to get around in a world unknown to you, its a tough world out there, and often they do fall in the wrong hands, very worrying, its however not always the case, there are enough people leaving their community and finding another community that meets their needs better, and then you have those searching souls, who don't want leave Judaism, but don't really feel the need, to join another Chassidus or movement, not easy either, but with a bit of help from others, and with a lot of constructive thinking, I did came to the conclusion that all we have to do is what we did before, serving HaShem and keeping the Mitzvot is what he needs from us.
What I try to say is, when living in a community that does not fit your needs, that might not mean you have to give up on Judaism, it isn't exactly HaShem who created whatever we are not happy with, its more that we can't live up to the expectations of what is asked from us and the rules and regulations in our communities, leaving the Fold means its not between us and the Rabbe's/ Rabbis anymore, but between us and HaShem, how it should be, how its meant to be.
HaShem gave us freedom of choice and this gift should not been taken away by anyone, when we are performing Mitzvahs and not being happy doing them, its pointless, its not serving HaShem. Living the Torah way of life, is about being happy in all what we are doing, performing a Mitzvah with joy is the key, to get closer to HaShem, to fulfill our purpose.
I believe that we all connect in one way or another to HaShem, all in our own unique way, I do believe that being Hasidic doesn't make us automatically a better Jew, as we are all children of HaShem, we shouldn't judge each other, we should remember the most important commandment , Love your neighbor, like you love youself ~ Vayikra 19:18
And that is the Torah way of life.
The Rebbe~ The Secret of Eternal Feminine Youth ~ Torah
The teachings of the secret of Torah in Chasidut Chassidus, the inner dimension of the Torah
Everytime we perform a Mitzvah( with joy ), we create a spiritual garment for our Neshama.
Jewish mysticism in Hasidic thoughts is the essence of Torah, its a journey of our spiritual self as a Jew.
By studying the inner dimensions of the Torah we can achieve joy, which we can find back in the teaching of Chassidism and Kabbalah and in this part of the dimension of Torah is all about us to love HaShem, pure by observing His commandments. The beauty of this study enables us to understand more about the Hidden secret and consealed aspects of the Torah. This will help us to go deeper into what is driving us or guiding our lives.
Only the Hidden dimension of the Torah has the power to reveal to us the deepest secret about HaShem and His creative power and His ultimate plan.
It also teaches us in which His super natural realm function, but most importantly, the inner secret of the Torah focus mostly on HaShem and His relationship with us.
Whereas in earlier days this study was just for a select few, like the Vilna and the Baal Shem Tov, his teaching dominate Torah and state that in generations the coming of the Moshiach is a obligation to reveal to the world the Hidden secret and wisdom of the Torah.
What do we know about HaShem's plan
We don't know His plan, we might not understand it, we also don't know why He sends us yissurim, but somewhere I have the feeling that His plan involes us, to make the world a better place.
Through Davening everyday and by performing Mitzvahs as well as doing good deeds, and by studying the Torah and learning out of other books, there are also lesson to learn from life.
Our lives are full of suffering, but we must understand that everything, that happens is for the best and has a reason, and everything that happens in our lives is part of HaShem's plan.
Emunah helps us accept yissurim and survive that with inner peace He gives us, HaShem wants us to grow, He wants the best for us and rise to full Spiritual level. His desire lies at the heart of HaShem's relationship with Klal Yisroel. In Parshas Yisro, Moshe Rabbeinu tells the Jewish people:
" HaShem is giving you the Torah, in order to raise you up" In order to elevate the Jewish nation as a whole, and each and everyone of us, to lift us up to our fully spiritual potential.
Just like HaShem want's us to grow through the Mitzvot, He also likes us to grow through our life experiences, especially at difficult times its hard to understand how outright suffering helps us to grow. Yissurim, whether its physical or emotional, it will restrain us and hinder Avodas HaShem, this will prevent us from Davening, Learning and from doing Chesed, they do hijack our thoughts and makes us sometimes even depressed.
Why is HaShem rejecting our Avodah?
This feeling might comes from our mistaken understanding of personal growth. Growing doesn't just mean " Shteging " , yissurim doesn't makes it any easier to have uplifting feelings of closeness to HaShem, and therefore we have to break free from negativity, in order to rise to a whole new level. Real grow means change and yissurim pushes us to change! When everything goes smoothly in life its very difficult to push ourselves in growing even further. Personal growth is always geshmak and difficulties that pulls us out of our comfortzone will show us what we need to do.
What makes a person not hearing HaShem?
The Pasuk explains, that their heart are corrupted and needs flattery from someone, because they must have the others approval, to self- validation which is important for this person in order to survive, without they are lost! This is the intend of the pasuk, that we don't hear HaShem.
Yissurim hurts the most when we loose things we do think we need, HaShem's message is that our personal growth lies in escaping our dependence of those needs, especially when they are negative and we have break free from them.
For the most part we do not understand, what we gain by letting go. HaShem knows that and thats why He wants us to listen in order to grow to our full potential by learning, and to find meaning in life, without all these needs, we think we can't live without, because we always relied on them, instead of relying on what HaShem gives us.
When yissurim comes our way, we can listen or we don't listen, its our choice and as its not always easy to listen to HaShem's call of change, its often even painfull what we have to undergo, but as HaShem knows that this is a brave step, He will lead us to something bigger and better. When we listen, we will discover growth and realize we gained so much more, than what we lost.
What I understand is that by performing Mitzvahs and by Davening, studying the Torah, doing good deeds, that this will spark our Neshama to light up the world.
Its a Mitzvah!
When I asked the question, what a Mitzvah is, at least eight out of ten say its " Doing a good deed " , but a Mitzvah is far more than that.
Mitzvahs are commandments, given to us by HaShem to Moshe on mount Sinai. In Hasidic teachings if has a far deeper meaning, performing a Mitzvah means having a connection. There are 613 Mitzvot, that means in 613 ways we are connected to HaShem, performing a Mitzvah is a direct line to Him.
And as children, we didn't understand the meaning and the connection, that this is the way we get close to HaShem. Maybe not all Mitzvahs make sense, does a Mezuzah on our doorposts make sense? Of course not, but we all have Mezuzahs on our doorposts throughout our homes!
What I find the most important in Jewish upbringing is to educate our children from an early age, growing up and understand the meaning why we observe the Mitzvot.
It doesn't alway have to make sense, or its something we have to do, or need to do. No, its because this is what HaShem wants us to do, and we come close and it stenghthening our bond with Him.
Its not a question of, " Do we need to do a Mitzvah "? But more that we want to do it, we want to serve HaShem, we want to have a connection with Him, but most of all we enjoy doing these Mitzvahs and this way it makes more sense.
The Jewish concept of kindness performing to repair the world, this is Tikkun Olam and can be found in the Mishnah, but it also refers to repair on a individual level as can be found in Kabbalah or in Jewish Mystricism, but the the most understanding of Tikkun Olam is that of " Repairing the world " through our actions. All of wat we see happing in the world of today is our responsibility to change this, and its tells us that each and everyone of us should work towards a better existence for us and a better life of future generations.
What Tikkun Olam means is that we have to take ownership of this world to bring it back to the original state of Holiness, to make it simple, its important for all Jews, secular, liberal, conservative and Hasidic Jews, to participate in repairing the world by participating in Tzedakah and G' milut, without the improvement of our own environment, injustice and evil will remain to exist.
Repairing the world is helping those in need, but Tikkun Olam relate also to more pratical matters in every capacity, its crucial and even Holy work and this means working in all Communities, not just the Jewish Communities. We as Jews are members of a greater society and as such, our actions are therefore not limited to our own Communities!
All the Good Deeds we are doing in our own Communities, should stretch to all Communities, that is being involved in Tikkun Olam.