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Man must be conscious of this immense power. He must realize that all his actions are charged with serious consequences. The Baal Shem Tov thus cautions: "Excessive humility may cause man to go astray from the service of G-d! Because of a sense of self-de...
The mystical perception of cosmic unity bridges the gap between universalism and individualism, between the universe as a whole and each person as a unique individual. There are accusations that mysticism is intrinsically antinomian. The allegation is tha...
The concept of sublimating the mundane, of actualizing the potential of the not-yet-holy (or to use the terminology of mysticism: of extricating and liberating the sparks of Divine holiness inherent in all created entities , means active involvement. Man ...
The Mishnah teaches: "Who is strong? He who subdues his yetzer (evil disposition)." The Baal Shem Tov notes that it does not say "he who breaks; tears asunder and destroys," but "subdues." One does not need too much strength or skill to `break' the yetzer...
The concept of Divine Omnipresence, of the pervasiveness of G-dliness, implies also the concept of hashgachah peratit - of Divine Providence relating to every detail of all creatures and entities in the world and universe. The principle of hashgachah pera...
The yetzer hara (evil disposition) in man seeks to weaken this consciousness. It tries to convince man that his imperfections or sins disqualify him from any bond with G-d. The yetzer hara thus strives to make man feel depressed and despondent, in order t...
The Messianic age is typified by a universal manifestation of G-dliness: "The earth shall be full of the knowledge of G-d, as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah 11:9), when it shall no longer be necessary for "every man to teach his fellow... for they shal...
Yichud and perud, unity and division, can be said to be the pivotal concepts of Jewish mysticism. Yichud is at the core of everything. All being, the whole of the creation, is as one body, the numerous members of which are fully interrelated and interdepe...
Yeshut - selfhood or self-assertion, is the very antithesis of the principle of yichud. It is a denial of ultimate reality vested exclusively in G-d who "fills the heaven and the earth" (Jeremiah 23 :24); there is no place devoid of His presence; there is...
At this point, though, we must realize that Jewish mysticism - the Kabbalah and Chassidism - is not just a legitimate and respectable part and dimension of authentic Judaism, of Torah. The Torah is an organism, a complete whole in which every part is most...
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