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BS"D Over the years prior to my becoming Torah observant, and even after I became Torah observant, even the slightest infringement on the individual's spiritual freedom was and still is repugnant to me, meaning it stinks. Wherever you find forces trying to limit personal freedom, there you will find the forces of evil. The shepherd is a guide, not a master. There is only one Master, one Rav. He is Father and King and Master, in fact, Ribono shel Olam means Master of the world, or the universe. He is the One Master who can grant freedom and it is how He identifies Himself, above all else, as a Liberator, as it says (Ex. 20:2), I am the Lord thy G-d, Who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”
BS”D How could you explain a frum Jew, who observes the Torah and does mitzvoth, advocating abortion as a woman’s right since it is her body? I will give you another one: How can you explain an intelligent, educated shomer Shabbat frum woman advocating the globalist-socialist position that the world is overcrowded and the population must be reduced from its current number of over seven billion (7,000,000,000) down to five hundred million (500,000,000). Abortion and genocide. I encountered both within a span of 48 hours last week. I will not go into any further details. Cogitating
BS"D I have recently been engaged in a shakel v'tarya with my erstwhile chavrusa HaRav Simcha Gottlieb,sheyichyeh. And it sparked my realization of the essence of my problem with the Talmud, and therefore with Orthodox Judaism. Here it is in one sentence: "I believe it was a mistake to write down the Mishna." The attrition of collective forgetfulness is what allows man to persevere and achieve long term victory. We usually remember the best parts and forget the worst. We were made that way by the Aybishtur on purpose. So was the Oral Torah.
BS”D It appears to me that people of all races and nations and beliefs have an unconscious desire to enslave themselves and they use ritual and tradition to do it. It is not uncommon for a person, let us call him Ruben, to have a self-imposed need to do thing A before he does thing B, even though there is no reason for doing it in that order except that he did it before. He unconsciously got in the rut of doing it that way, so he continues doing it that way. And the ritualistic order does not stop with A and B, but go on to C, D, E, and so forth. This before that, and that before the other thing. But here is where it gets interesting. After doing the self-imposed unconscious ritual a few times, suddenly you impose it upon yourself. You unconsciously imagine that you are obligated to do the ritual and if you fail, you have lost something. The loss can be insignificant, but it leaves an emptiness within. At that point, Ruben is a slave to an imaginary master. And since the master is imaginary, he cannot free Ruben. Ruben will have to escape and be a heretic. That is how every religion in the world works, how it got started and how it continues. Be mitbonen in that.
The Rambam wrote in Mishna Torah that the dialogues of Rava and Abbaye (Talmud) are a small thing and Ma’aseh Merkava (Kabbalah) is a great thing. Why is this so and how is this so?
The reasons are manifold. The Ramak, zy”a, could have written a small book focused on only this question because that is how many reasons one can easily think of concerning the superiority of Kabbalah over Talmud.
BS”D Kabbalah is greater than Halacha, or is it the other way around? See, here is the deal, the skinny as we used to say on the near north side: If Kabbalah were greater than halacha, then halacha would remain important, but no longer be authoritative.
If, on the other hand, halacha were to be greater than Kabbalah, then halacha would remain authoritative (the Law), but it would be ignored and finally eliminated for lack of need. We are all one day going to be tzadikim gemurim, and perfect obedience to the Torah will be our teva, and our only occupation with be to strive in fear of the Lord, for then full knowledge of the Truth will be ours.
BS"D The Hasidei Umot Haolam (the gentile Hasid) has a special connection to Kabbalah. He has a very high soul but it has been out in the cold and needs to be warmed up and only the Torah can do this. And of all aspects or branches or levels of Torah, Kabbalah warms the soul fastest and most completely. This is because Kabbalah is warm like Jerusalem, and like the soul. Because Kabbalah and Jerusalem and the soul are one thing. Even if you are learning Kabbalah in Husqvarna, Alabama or Kotchkeh, Tanzania, or even Chicago, Illinois, you are in Jerusalem. Learning Kabbalah changes the mazal to a mazal of Jerusalem. All G-d’s children come on and learn Kabbalah. It will do your soul good.
BS"D When the Bet HaMikdash (Holy Temple) is built, yenna machlah (the dreaded disease) can”cer will be no more. How do I know? Because laughter can cure can”cer, and when the Bet HaMikdash is built all our mouths will be filled with laughter (Psalms 126:2). May Hashem Yitborach make it happen immediately, if not sooner. If we are not ready, make us ready mercifully.
BS”D It is taught in the Zohar, Parshat Mishpatim 114 in the Sulam, that it is essential to have a good thought (kavana) on mikvah night at the moment of climax. Some Kabbalists meditate on Malchut of Atzilut. This will bring into the world children with great and holy souls and who, b’ezrat Hashem, will lead rich and full and peaceful lives and fulfill their mission from G-d, if they follow their father’s path. (The Chinese think they observe the commandment of honoring father and mother better than the Jews. I think it is debatable. At the highest end, they turn it into avodah zara, idolatry.