The letters of our thoughts are the ideas present in our mind before they come to realization . . . Thoughts that are, yet not felt . . . The words of the subconscious . . . of the soul . . .

These are the LETTERS OF MY THOUGHTS.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Summer Plans


The Old Mill in Gdansk from my trip to Hel

I'm planing, Iy"h on going on Merkos Shlichus this summer . . .
To go one needs permission from the staff of Yeshivah, and a signature stating that he knows a concept in Chassidus.
I said that I had a standard speech that I use, based on Chassidic concepts . . . it didn't go.
Now I have to learn two sichos: Cheilik 25 Lech Lecha, and Cheilik 36 Shemos . . .
The first one I finished speaks about the nature of a Jew -how a Jew is in essence transcends the bounds of nature, and therefore our existence is not based on logic, nor was the commandment to the first Jew, Abraham -he was told to leave himself, his nature, his habits and his logic, and step into the realm of G-d.

I have yet to learn the second, which is about bitochon -faith.





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8 comments:

tikkunger said...

Nice looking building!

Mottel said...

Glad you like it, check out the link for all my picks that trip.

Alex said...

I hope you meant a "standard" speech...

Mottel said...

Wow . . . I hope so too!
Thanks for the correction.

yitz.. said...

mottel..
can u clarify what you meant by a "concept in chassidus"? just one?
could it be any one? (like does the concept in perek 32 of tanya qualify as a concept?) do they really mean you have to know a ma'amar?

what about a single section from Tzava'at HaRivash?

thanks, just curious.

Mottel said...

It was the Rebbe's directive that bochurim leaving should know an 'inyon' in chossidus -in such they would be able to 'speak in learning' to local Rabbonim, have something of content to give over to people they meet etc. Vertelach we have aplenty -but they aren't the fully developed concept needed to give over, thus precluding Tzava'as Harivash. Perek 32 could work, especially with all of the Rebbe's biurim on it, but the Mashpia to whom we spoke wanted us to learn these to sichos specifically as he felt that they are important to know.

yitz.. said...

So, basically, unless I'm mistaken, an Inyan in Chassidut, at least as far as Chabad is concerned, is to trace the idea down through the various levels of Ma'amarim that were given over on it.

Kind of similar to learning Halachah from the mishna/gemara down through the rishonim, beit yosef, and finally the shulchan aruch?

Mottel said...

It could be any ma'amor or sicha, but the Rebbe's tend to trace a concept down, making diyukim and comparing it to other ma'amorim