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A Rosh Hashanah Meditation

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A Rosh Hashanah Meditation

Once, after Rosh Hashanah prayers, the Alter Rebbe asked his son, the Mitteler Rebbe, “With what meditation did you pray this Rosh Hoshanah?” He replied, “With the verse, ‘All mankind shall prostrate themselves before You’.” Then the Mitteler Rebbe asked his father, “With what meditation did you pray?” The Alter Rebbe responded, “I prayed with my lectern.”
R. Schneur Zalman of Liadi (Alter Rebbe), Rosh Hashanah, Bittul, Prayer, Amud, Lubavitcher Rebbe
A Rosh Hashanah Meditation
Disc 79, Program 313

Event Date: 28 Elul 5722 - September 27, 1962

Once, after Rosh Hashanah prayers, the Alter Rebbe asked his son, the Mitteler Rebbe, “With what meditation did you pray this Rosh Hoshanah?” He replied, “With the verse, ‘All mankind shall prostrate themselves before You’.” Then the Mitteler Rebbe asked his father, “With what meditation did you pray?” The Alter Rebbe responded, “I prayed with my lectern.”

“All mankind shall prostrate before You” speaks about a human being, whether of superior or limited intellect. Therefore, even if his intellect leads him to the conclusion that he must “prostrate before G-d,” it is a result of his own intellectual contemplation, and therefore his submission to G-d is only commensurate to his intellectual capacity.

A prayer lectern is an inanimate object, the lowest form in existence. So when one meditates upon the fact that G-d is everything — including this very lectern, the recognition of the lectern’s submission before G-d is deeper and more profound than the recognition of his own subservience; it is a pure, simple and total submission which transcends the limitations of human intellect and can connect one to the very essence of G-d.

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Anonymous Manchester October 5, 2016

Love how there is translation and pictures Reply

jim dallas October 3, 2016

very moving, hearing and seeing the devotion and attention given by the crowd of followers to the alter rabbi while he imparts a lesson on submission and surrender like an inanimate obj to the One being prayed to on Rosh Hashanah. Reply

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