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Bittul (Selflessness)

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Bittul (Selflessness): (lit. "self-nullification"); a commitment to G-d and divine service that transcends self-concern
Traditionally the mystical quest has focused on ascent from the world and supernal union (Devekut) with G-d. In Chabad, however, the focus is shifted to the attainment of self-effacement (Bittul).
Only a nobody can be anybody. That's what makes the poor letter Resh so beautiful. It all goes back to that Kabbalistic principle: The lower you fall, the higher you are.
Kabbala Toons: Episode XII
What is it that isifies me?
Learning Likutei Sichos vol. 15, Vayeitzei sicha 4
Judaism can't only be about our own spiritual growth—a lesson from Yaakov’s preoccupation with sheep.
Judaism can't only be about our own spiritual growth—a lesson we from Yaakov and his sheep. (Based on Likkutei Sichos vol. 15 Vayeitzei, sicha 4)
The metaphor of a ray of light in its source, the sun, elucidates the concept of ‘bittul’—where everything is subsumed in the Divine source.
An empty vessel draws in with greater intensity than one that is full.
A Failed Experiment?
With the Great Flood the Almighty returned the world to its original state when "the spirit of God hovered above the waters". In analyzing a fascinating passage from the Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah 5:1) that speaks of 'mute inhabitants' and 'intellectual in...
The Soul’s Essential Elevation via Torah
Declares G-d, "My flame – the Torah – is in your hands, and your flame – the soul – is in Mine. If you guard Mine, I shall guard yours" (Midrash Devarim 4:4). But is not the soul too "G-d's flame"? In addressing this question, this class offers new insigh...
Learn the true art of effective communication
When G-d instructed Moses to go down to Egypt and speak to Pharaoh, Moses protested that he was unfit for the task due to his speech impediment. G-d responded that He would grant Moses the ability to speak and, furthermore, Aaron would act as his spokespe...
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