The Holy Epistle: Epistle 19 – Part 1 – audio

Part (i)   In order to “enable” the Ein Sof-light, by definition infinite, to create worlds, which are finite, an intermediary is needed — to bridge the chasm between infinity and finitude. This intermediary, Torah,1 is alluded to in our opening verse,2 “He enwraps [Himself with] light as [with] a garment….”   Now any intermediary […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 19 – Part 1 – video

Part (i)   In order to “enable” the Ein Sof-light, by definition infinite, to create worlds, which are finite, an intermediary is needed — to bridge the chasm between infinity and finitude. This intermediary, Torah,1 is alluded to in our opening verse,2 “He enwraps [Himself with] light as [with] a garment….”   Now any intermediary […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 19 – Part 2 – audio

ולכאורה יש להפליא הרי נאמר: ולא קם עוד נביא בישראל כמשה   Now this seems surprising. After all, it is said,10 “There rose no other prophet in Israel like Moshe.”   ואיך השיג האריז״ל יותר ממנו, ודרש כמה דרושים בבחינת פנימיות, אפילו בספירות ומדרגות רבות שלמעלה מהחכמה וכתר דאצילות   How then did R. Isaac […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 19 – Part 2 – video

ולכאורה יש להפליא הרי נאמר: ולא קם עוד נביא בישראל כמשה   Now this seems surprising. After all, it is said,10 “There rose no other prophet in Israel like Moshe.”   ואיך השיג האריז״ל יותר ממנו, ודרש כמה דרושים בבחינת פנימיות, אפילו בספירות ומדרגות רבות שלמעלה מהחכמה וכתר דאצילות   How then did R. Isaac […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 19 – Part 3 – audio

ואראה את ה׳   Likewise even with Isaiah, a lesser prophet than Moshe Rabbeinu, who was the greatest of prophets:15 “And I saw G‑d.”   וירא אליו ה׳   Furthermore, even before G‑d gave the Torah we find Abraham’s prophecy referred to in these terms:16 “And G‑d appeared to him.”   ואף שזהו דרך משל, […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 19 – Part 3 – video

ואראה את ה׳   Likewise even with Isaiah, a lesser prophet than Moshe Rabbeinu, who was the greatest of prophets:15 “And I saw G‑d.”   וירא אליו ה׳   Furthermore, even before G‑d gave the Torah we find Abraham’s prophecy referred to in these terms:16 “And G‑d appeared to him.”   ואף שזהו דרך משל, […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 19 – Part 4 – audio

והנה בחינת חכמת אלקות ברוך הוא, המלובשת בתרי״ג מצות התורה, נקראת בשם בחינת אחוריים דחכמה   Now, the aspect of the blessed Divine Chochmah that is vested in the 613 commandments of the Torah, is referred to as the hindmost aspect of Chochmah.   The Alter Rebbe had previously said that (a) Moses’ prophetic comprehension […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 19 – Part 4 – video

והנה בחינת חכמת אלקות ברוך הוא, המלובשת בתרי״ג מצות התורה, נקראת בשם בחינת אחוריים דחכמה   Now, the aspect of the blessed Divine Chochmah that is vested in the 613 commandments of the Torah, is referred to as the hindmost aspect of Chochmah.   The Alter Rebbe had previously said that (a) Moses’ prophetic comprehension […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 19 – Part 5 – audio

The Alter Rebbe now focuses on the distinctive quality inherent in the halachot of the Oral Torah. It is these halachot that reveal the Supernal Will, by defining what it actually requires of us in the performance of the mitzvot, in order thereby to draw down this lofty level of Divinity. והנה מודעת זאת כי […]

The Holy Epistle: Epistle 19 – Part 5 – video

Part (ii)   The Epistle that follows, beginning “The Letters that are Revealed,” is one of the Epistles that was appended to the edition of Tanya published in Vilna in the year 5660 (1900), these additions being noted by R. Asher of Nikolayev in his introductory declaration there.55   This relevance of this Epistle to […]