Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Preparation: A Question For Those Knowledgeable in Chassidus

Unfortunately I do not have a lot of new Purim related material to share. I am still trying to scratch the surface and get a better understanding of this holiday myself.

While I was reviewing books on the subject, I ran across this teaching from Likutey Moharan II:74:

Purim is a preparation for Pesach. Through the mitzvah of Purim we are protected from the chometz on Pesach.

In my own slow-paced learning of Likutey Moharan, I have not yet reached this lesson. I can't say that I fully comprehend what Rebbe Nachman of Breslov is trying to teach us. I know that joy is the main aspect of Purim and that chometz symbolizes the character trait of arrogance. I don't yet understand how the joy we experience on Purim helps protect us from arrogance.

5 Comments:

At March 23, 2005 at 8:42:00 AM EST, Blogger torontopearl said...

Perhaps Purim joy is more about selflessness -- getting caught up in the "leibedik" spirit of those around you, giving mishloach manot, "matanot l'evyonim". You extend yourself to others. There is no time to think of YOU, unlike chometz = arrogance.
A possible theory...?

 
At March 23, 2005 at 11:57:00 AM EST, Blogger yingele said...

A person comes to a madreiga of real simcha. Knowing that everything is from God. There is no power besides god's! Everything that God does is for the good. With emunah and bitachon there is no logical place for jealousies, anger, gaave, arrogance, etc. Knowing that 'Vehashem omar lo kallel dovid'.

Eize hooshir hasomeach bechelkoi. He knows that God gives him all that he needs, and if that million dollars would be good for him, he would give it to him. He is happy. He doesn't feel anything missing. He is a real Oisher.

Purim, a (3) day full of simhca. Not simcha shell hoileles, but simch mitoich kedushe. Simcha, knowing that God is the only power in the world! He changes koichovim and Mazolos. He turned the evil decree to the good! He has all power! We have nothing missing, and we have a great God who can, and will save us. He will help us. Just like he saved us in the Purim story! Everything with a loving Hashgoch Protis. Even when 'cherev munach al tsavoro'.

The holy Simcha from Purim is mamshich into the whole year. Comes a Pesach, how can we be arrogant? How can we be a baal gaave? Having the simcha of purim, having the emunah, knowing that all is from God!! Knowing that a man is nothing, all powers and talents are from God, who will be so foolish and be proud of something that is not his?!

Vehabpiteach Bashem, Afilu Rosho, Chessed essoivevenu.

Have a happy Purim, and may the happiness be nimshach for the whole year, the whole life!

 
At March 23, 2005 at 11:58:00 AM EST, Blogger yingele said...

Forgot to mention;

I am NOT knowledgeable in Chassidus, but it sounded like a sweet pshat ;-)

 
At March 23, 2005 at 3:58:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question. How can joy exist at the same time as arrogance? I don't think it is possible. ~C

 
At March 23, 2005 at 4:02:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In G-d you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know G-d as that--and therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison--you do not know G-d at all. As long as you are proud you cannot kn-w God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.
~C

 

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