Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Garments" - And of Redemption - 5778

מחשבה דיבור ומעשה
These Garments Can Lift the Soul ...
Thought is comprised of words spoken. To whom are they spoken? Usually to oneself!

(And that which is true for words of thought is true too for speech and for action.)

But words, whether to oneself or to another, can take two paths of expression, two paths before they are emitted. The two represent a choice.

It's like when you step onto an escalator - but here, in our case, you can either take the "up" escalator, or the "down" escalator. One way or another you can have impact. Either the product of speech elevates you, or it denigrates you.

So whether your words are addressed to yourself, or they're words addressed to others, in the knowledge of these options resides human choice.

Why is speech like being on an escalator? Why should it have such power to either raise you or bring you lower?

Because speech (or thought or action) is not part of the soul! It's a tool that empowers the lowlier soul from a higher potential of sanctity! The "garments" of the soul are outside of and loftier than the soul. They can be used but they do not belong to the soul. Like garments, they can be changed. So care must always be taken because, as high as the soul can be elevated, that's just as great a drag the soul can suffer.

These "3 garments of the soul" (as the Tanya refers to these behaviors), which are 3 forms of expressions, namely, thought (we think in words - words spoken to oneself), speech (words spoken to others) and action, deeds we do, are a "divine pulley system" given to service the human soul. With these 3 "garments of the soul", mankind can raise itself and in turn reconfigure the world into a better home, or, God forbid, vice versa. (More on "garments", here.)

So what's a good thought to now have, for example? Well, that the Era of Redemption is quickly unfolding before our very eyes - this year already being 5778!

But thoughts of redemption, or words that express the phenomenon, demand a compatible perspective from current events. So here's one for you:

It says in Yeshayahu (49:23),
והיו מלכים אמניך ושרותיהם מיניקתיך אפים ארץ ישתחוו לך ועפר רגליך ילחכו וידעת כי אני יהוה אשר לא יבשו קוי

"And kings shall be your nursing fathers and their princesses your wet nurses; they shall prostrate themselves to you with their face on the ground, and they shall lick the dust of your feet, and you shall know that I am the Lord, for those who wait for Me shall not be ashamed."

Seems the world is finally headed in that direction!

Take the election of November 2016. Had it not been for the recent miraculous election of Trump to the White House a year ago that disposed the Clinton machine, the free world would surely have been overwhelmed by corruption. Had Hillary grabbed the reins, evil Muslim terrorism would have had intimate governmental influence. She took money from the sheiks and had as her right-hand lady the daughter of a founder of the Moslem Brotherhood. But out of nowhere, it seems, came a miraculous turnaround, all in a matter of  a few hours. It was very much like a Purim turnaround story.

But instead of a Muslim presence taking hold of the White House, we now have one where Jewish interests are again at heart. The Trump administration subserves the waxing glory of God and His Jewish People for the good of mankind. We saw too how the Rebbe plays an important role, albeit, under the radar, in all of this (link).

Then there is, for example, the recent trip of Trump's Jewish son-in-law to Saudi Arabia. This came after Trump visited and spoke to the older Saudi King. Next thing we know, terrorism is being strangulated financially. Qatar is ostracized. Terrorism in Saudi Arabia, where oil money long cultivated evil octopuses, was being choked off. Now too seems to begin a new era wherein Muslims too feel the need to forge better ties with Israel and the Jews.

If that's not what the above verse is intimating, then maybe your vision of the upcoming Era of Ultimate Redemption of the Jewish People and the world at large is still buried in textbooks.

As the Malbim explained the above verse regarding the Jewish People's future - that they will be as the newborn, care given to have him breast-fed, and raised under complete protection from harm, so the world will know God is in full control.

Reminds me too of what the Rebbe said of this Era back in 1980 - that Israel's rise to glory in these days of Gog and Magog will be under full immunity from harm (Link)!