Eikev: In Name, Without Reality

Aug 19th, 2011 by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Portion of the Week, Prayer, Spiritual Growth
The Writings of Li Shang-yin

The Writings of Li Shang-yin

The Name Without the Reality

A student who does not study the appointed themes is not a real student.

A mourner who feels no grief when condoling with the bereaved is not a real mourner.

An old servant who neither tidies things away nor chatters about family affairs is not a real old servant.

A host who escorts a guest no further than the door is not a real host.

A cook without an apron or knife and chopping block is not a real cook.

A teacher who does not correct his pupil’s exercises and studies is not a real teacher.

Underlings who not squabble and curse are not real underlings.

Li Shang-yin (858 C.E. – China)

How can we make sure that what we do and whom we are is real?

“It will be that if you hearken to My commandments that I command you today, to love God, your Lord, and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 11:13) The love must turn into action – service. We must reify each and every idea we learn by making them part of our service of God. We cannot allow our powerful experiences and insights to remain A Name Without Reality.

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  • moshe stepansky

    I was privileged to hear the following Torah from R’ Mottel Twerski, The Hornestiepel Rebbe,currently in Brooklyn:

    “Eileh toldot hashamayin v’ha’aretz b’heebar’am” (B’reishit 2;4)=>’This is the story of the heavens and the earth,as they were created’(loose translation). In the ivrit word of “b’heebar’am” the letter ‘heh’ is miniaturized.
    Nothing occurs even in the physicality of the Sefer Torah without a reason.
    Chaz”l point up to us that the change in the letter size alerts us of a deeper secret in the word =>>rejiggering the letters will spell out “b’Avraham”.
    R’ Mottel explained, kabbalistically speaking,there are different levels of worlds created. The world as we know it ‘olam hazeh’. One level below that is ‘olam ratzo va’shav’.
    Olam ratzo va’shav is a world where beings are rushing to and fro , to no purpose. Olam hazeh got the step up because of Avraham Avinu who illuminated the world with the concept that there is a purpose for existence -serving G-d.

    Said R’ Mottel, the Chassidim asked the Ba’al Shem Tov “Rebbe!! How can we tell whether we are in ‘Olam Hazeh’ or ‘Olam Ratzo va’Shav’??” Answered the Holy Master => “If you can ask the question, it means you are in Olam Hazeh.”

 

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