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Meir Elkabas – Parshat Matot-Masei

by Meir Elkabas

Meir Elkabas discusses this week’s double Torah portion, Parshat Matot-Masei with insights from Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. He speaks about the deeper significance of kashering (making kosher) various vessels and how this applies to a person. What is the key to making ourselves kosher? Genuine, passionate, hitbodedut!

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Ty July 13, 2018 - 11:26 am

Amen!

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Adrienne July 13, 2018 - 6:13 pm

Thank you for your thought provoking video on this week’s Parshat Matot-Masei.

How can a person who is “heated up” have sufficient perspective on their spiritual problem in order to find the right words to accurately describe the problem let alone ask for Hashem’s help? I can see this being possible if the problem is straightforward such as a desire for something forbidden — that is specific and clear. But what of spiritual damage that has created imbalances that cloud the person’s perspective and thus he/she cannot clearly define the root of the spiritual problem in order to accurately convey the issue to Hashem? An analogy would be like asking a mentally ill person to accurately diagnose themselves and seek the appropriate help. The “heated up” person is spiritually ill and thus necessarily would have tainted perspective.

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CR Zwo
CR Zwo August 8, 2018 - 10:51 am

Meir Elkabas responds:
When a person is heated up, they also go through downs and crashes. Normally when they crash they are less heated up and those are clear points to see clearly their situation (which is probably why Hashem let them crash in the first place).

In Rebbe Nachman’s Wisdom Rabeinu states that if a crazy person were to listen to the words of the wise, he would not be crazy anymore. It seems that even an unbalanced person has some type of free will in their insanity to choose whether or not to listen to the wise and then live accordingly.

In the Turkey Prince analogy, Rabeinu shows that the tzaddik has such a power to lower himself to a crazy person and get him back on his feet. So too with someone “heated up” the tzaddik in his mysterious ways has a way and power to break through and connect to such a person too.

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