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Growing up.

When I was a kid in Chicago on the west side, we used to say, “That’s for me to know and for you to find out.” It was a snotty way of saying that it is none of your business. This is the motto of a healthy society, one that will thrive and continue. “That’s for me to know and for you to find out.” 

They used to say that if you want to survive in today’s growing societal tyranny, get a farm and a gun. But that is not enough today. Today, you need a farm and a gun and wisdom. Remember the words of Irving J. Rabinowitz, the Jewish phiosopher, “Government is a goiter on the neck of civilization.” 

The true society is one based on self-governing tribalism, analog or digital, that is based on wisdom. But it only works among G-d fearing people who are striving in liberty. Just like without health, nothing matters. Also, without freedom, nothing matters. “I am the L-rd your G-d who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the House of bondage.” And the Kabbalists teach that the entire Torah is contained in that verse.

G-d Himself is the Mikdash me’at, the small Temple. He is the Refuge in exile. As Rebbe Eliezer taught, “There is none for us to turn to except our Father in heaven, Avinu Sh’batshamayim.

The first meditation in the Garzen system of meditation is:

כי אני י״הוה רפאך

Ki Ani Ado-nai Rofecha

For I am the L-rd, your Healer.

Chant this over and over to your own melody, softly and sweetly and never tire of it.


Chaim Clorfene