Monday, November 14, 2005

LESSONS IN TANYA: Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Cheshvan 13, 5766 * November 15, 2005


Today's Lesson:

Iggeret HaKodesh
(Middle of Epistle Twenty-Seven)

Part (b)

An Elucidation of the Above

[The Alter Rebbe now provides a deeper understanding of the above letter].

It is stated in the sacred Zohar that "When a tzaddik departs he is to be found in all the worlds more than during his lifetime..."

Now this needs to be understood:

For, granted that he is to be found increasingly in the upper worlds when he ascends there [following his passing]; but now is he found more in this world?

This may be explained along the lines of [a teaching] which I received concerning the idiom of our Sages, of blessed memory, that [a departed tzaddik] "has left life to all the living."

[As mentioned above, the expression is problematic: surely he has not left anyone life which was not their own. The Alter Rebbe will now explain in what sense it may truly be said that the departed tzaddik left his surviving disciples something of his own life.]

As is known, the life of a tzaddik is not a fleshly life but a spiritual life, consisting of faith, awe, and love.

[These he possesses not only for himself but transmits to his disciples as well.

In Scripture, we find that faith, awe and love, are each termed "life".]

Thus of faith it is written, [10] "And a tzaddik lives by his faith."

Of awe it is written, [11] "The awe of G-d [leads] to life."

And of love it is written, [30] "He who pursues tzedakah and Chesed, will find life," and Chesed signifies love, [for love is its core.

Hence, when the term "life" is used to describe Chesed, it applies to love as well.

To sum up: Faith in G-d, and the awe and love of Him, are thus all referred to as "life".]

Now these three attributes are present in every world, up to the highest of levels, all proportionate to the levels of the worlds, one higher than the other, by way of cause and effect, as is known.

[At any level, each world serves as an antecedent (a "cause") to the lesser world (the "effect") which it brings into being.]


10. Chavakuk 2:4.
11. Mishlei 19:23.
30. Mishlei 21:21.


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