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Knowing Imperfection

Knowing Imperfection

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Do you think G‑d created us because He wanted pristine, perfect beings?

G‑d breathed Himself into a creature who cries and laughs and dances and bleeds; who fails more often than he succeeds; who chases after fleeting moments and is torn by figments of his own mind.

He desired to live in the world of such a being, and from within that place He will come to know His self that cannot be known.

By Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. Subscribe and get your dose daily. Or order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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Ruth Gush Etzion, Israel December 31, 2017

Can you explain this please?
"He desired to live in the world of such a being, and from within that place He will come to know His self that cannot be known."
Thank you Reply

O. Turcotte Cambridge, MA December 31, 2017

G_D Showing His Self in us? Thank You for this and Happy New Year, A very tmely reminder that in our imperfections lies the Light. Any time I am down and feel I have failed in being a good person, reading something as wise as this reminds me we are created in His image and not to give up. C. G. Jung, in his book "Answer to Job" also talks about how G_D needs us to know Himself better. I am not sure I understand this part 100%, but I know that by realizing our imperfections we get closer to G_D and make room for his Light. Maybe it is Him showing His Self in us? After all, is He not already All-knowing? Reply

Anonymous May 1, 2014

This poem comes to give a meaning to all the suffering, joy, battle, discernments, deceptions, rewards, etc., in our daily life. He is the only true love of our heart and the only Light our being chases. Reply

valerie becker akron May 1, 2014

'demands' LOVE this dose of wisdom!i we're not perfect, G-d knows that, (i wouldn't even want to be "perfect", whatever that means) BUT as Rabbi Freeman wrote a few years ago, G-d dwells wherever we let Him in! how awesome - for me personally, G-d's my conscience and guide, so He knows me well, i feel; and surely knows all of my failings - and attempts - to try to improve and grow. Reply

Anonymous Brooklyn May 1, 2014

Thank you! This is awesome. The daily emails provide me with tremendous chizuk. They are truly very inspiring and keep a person moving up the spiritual ladder.
(Rather than getting despaired...."if we think good, it will be good...." how true...all we need is faith and belief that HaShem loves us and believes in us.....imho...)
Thank you!
Tizku lmitzvos! Reply

Jonathan Bergman london May 1, 2014

Insightful and glorious Explained wonderfully
Thank you so much Rabbi Reply

leonard Levenberg richmond May 1, 2014

So we are Gods' "burden of Self"? Thru us he sees His defects, i thought he doesn't have any? Reply

Anonymous May 1, 2014

The G-d we know can be known. He is everything that makes sense out of our suffering, until finally we can see that we did not suffer in vain. Reply

Tzvi Freeman Thornhill, Ontario September 15, 2008

For anonymous in Boston Thanks! Maybe you want to do the layout of the next book? Reply

Anonymous Boston, MA September 15, 2008

Demands and the Kotzker Rebbe This is even a deeper affirmation for me, because I feel a very strong connection to the Kotzker Rebbe. His quotes come to me like signposts.

anonymously, Reply

Anonymous Englewood, NJ September 15, 2008

Demands Thank you for your response, Rabbi Freeman (and Boston Anonymous). You have a kind heart, and it softens what appears to be a very hard road to travel. Reply

Anonymous Boston, MA September 15, 2008

DEMANDS -- Poetry Not only is this encouraging and inspiring, it's poetry. I don't know if my parsing will be preserved here, but let's see...

Demands

By Tzvi Freeman
Do you think He created us because He wanted pristine, perfect beings?
He desired that a glimmer of Himself should descend into a creature
who cries and laughs and dances and bleeds;
who fails as much as he succeeds;
who chases after fleeting moments
and is torn by figments
of his own mind.
He wanted to live in the petty world of such a being,
and from within that place that glimmer will come to know Himself. Reply

Another anonymous December 31, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Nicely done!

Did Anonymous help work on the layout of the book that followed this one? Reply

Tzvi Freeman Thornhill, Ontario September 14, 2008

for Englewood On the contrary, G_d dwells, as the Kotzker Rebbe put it, wherever you let Him in. If you believe you are perfect, there is no space left for Him. But as soon as you become aware of your own failures and feel yourself to be nothing, you've left infinite space for His infinite light. Reply

Anonymous Englewood, NJ USA September 14, 2008

Demands I read these every day, and am always inspired by them. But I must admit, I don't understand what on first glance appears to be a very simple statement. How does this imperfect being come to know "Himself" ? And why would G-d want that? With the holidays approaching, I feel more and more like I would be a hypocrite to go and pray as if I were walking a righteous path, leading a life of purity. Nothing could be further from the truth. So how does that imperfect person find G-d? Reply

Anonymous Agoura, CA December 31, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

I am also confused. Reply