Welcome to Chapters 9 & 10 of the epic Chassidic discourse "Bati L'Gani"!
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneeorson (also known as the Frideker Rebbe) wrote this 20 chapter long sequel as his ast will and "marching orders" to our generation. Every year for the next 40 years, his son in-law the Lubavitcher Rebbe would expand on each chapter in great length.
The 9th and 10th Chapters of the discourse. The letter Kuf transforms to the letter Hey and becomes the letter of "truth". The Rebbe concludes that that this is the ultimate "coming to the garden- Bati L'Gani". Enjoy!
Continuing with the theme of the discourse, the Rebbe goes on to explain the deeper aspect of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle and what it represents in our life.
The logs of wood in the Mishkan were called עומדים קרשים Kerashim Omdim, standing (pillars) logs.
Besides the fact that the logs were actually standing, the reason that the logs were called standing is because the inner mission the Mishkan was to channel down divine light from above and raise the “darkness of the below to light”.
This is the reason why Mitzvoth are called pillars. The Zohar says that the 613 Mitzvoth and the 7 Rabbinic Mitzvot equal 620 which are אור עמודי תר״ך ,620 Pillars of light. This also explains why the logs were made of Shiitim wood. Shitim, comes from Shtut, folly. The Mitzvoth transform the folly of the world to draw instead divine folly. Chopping the ק “Rebuke the flock of spears” (Psalms 68,31).
The Zohar explains "Dwell within them And they shall make me a holy [place], and I may dwell among them (Exodus 25:8)". After giving the Torah at Sinai, G-d asked Moses to create a home for Him, so that He could dwell among His people. This was the Mishkan.
The Mishkan (Tabernacle) was a portable sanctuary, a spiritual center in the midst of the desert. It was the place where the People of Israel would bring sacrifices to atone for sins or express gratitude.
It was the place where G-d would communicate with Moses, His voice emanating from between the cherubs atop the ark in the Holy of Holies. It was the place where G-d was close to His people.
How It Began: Hundreds of years before it was built, the Mishkan was already in the works. In fact, on his way down to Egypt, Jacob planted acacia trees, instructing his sons that their descendants should take the wood with them when they leave. That way they would have the right materials.
The “flock of spears” represent the Klippa, the power of the other side. There is a masculine and feminine side of the Klippa. The leg of the letter ק׳ Kuf is like a long spear.
By “rebuking” or chopping the spear the letter Kuf now becomes the letter ה׳ Hey, the letter of Holiness. Referring to the tome of the perfected world it says: “Behold הנה this is the one we waited for”, and “On that day his legs will stand on the Mount of Olives”.
Breaking the wedge
The Rebbe explains that “chopping the spear of the Kuf presents many difficulties for a person. However it is ultimately the letter of lies, therefor one must persevere to continue forward to “break the wedge” of the Kuf.
One has to be adamant, principled and focused to not deviate from their routine of learning Torah and performance of Mitzvoth. Just as it says “I G-d have not changed”, so too a person must not let in and be steadfast and consistent with their daily practice to ward off and ultimately defeat negativity and lies. From קשר,שקר to קרש/From Lies to Logs The inner message of the Tabernacle is “I will dwell in them”.
The transformation of lies to truth brings about a revelation of the surrounding light within this world. From Sheker -lies to Keresh -log, revelation Bati L’Gani. The garden is not only the Garden of Eden, Paradise. It refers to this world as well.
This is why it's says that “the one who sits in the gardens, friends come to hear her voice” (Song of Songs 8). The Madras says that the voice is the voice of the learning of Torah and prayers in the house of study.
The friends are the angels because they have no envy or competition with each other come and listen to the words of Torah of this world. The angels come down here because they sense that the light attained in this world is a greater light than the light of paradise, because it is “my garden, G-d’s garden.
"Legions of G-d" This is why Israel is called Army, as it says “On this day G-d took The Tabernacle" sat inside a large courtyard that was 100 cubits long and 50 cubits wide (a cubit is approximately 19 inches, or 50 cm).
The courtyard was surrounded by a linen partition, held up by wooden poles and fastened to the ground with stakes. In the center of the courtyard stood the large copper altar, which was used for animal sacrifices. The altar was so large that there was a long ramp leading up to the top.
Between the copper altar and the entrance of the sanctuary stood the laver where the priests would wash their hands and feet. The sanctuary itself was 30 cubits long and 10 cubits wide. Its walls were made of thick, gold-plated, acacia-wood beams standing side-by-side to form three sides of a rectangle.
The beams were inserted into interlocking silver sockets and were held in place by long, gold-plated, wooden poles. A hanging curtain covered the fourth side. The roof of the sanctuary was a tapestry, woven of linen and red, blue, and purple wool. The tapestry had two separate sections, which were attached to each other by a row of hooks. The tapestry was covered by a layer of goat hair, its panels similarly attached with hooks. These two layers covered the top of the structure and hung over the wooden walls of the Mishkan. Additionally, red-dyed ram skin and tachash skin covered the roof alone.
"Took out all of the legions of Israel out of Egypt” (Exodus The word legions is only used regarding taking the Israelites out of Egypt. The word was commonly used later by the prophets (specifically Hanna, the mother Samuel).
Legion means three things:
2. Prescribed time
Each person has their unique job and mission on the world. A scholar is different than a day worker, a lawyer is different than a doctor. However each one’s inner spirit job is beautiful because of its uniqueness. The coming together of many different missions makes up an army and gives it strength.
Each person also has a specific amount of time to preform their mission in this world. “days are fixed and not one of them wasted”.
Each person must take advantage of the days that are in front of them and seek to accomplished what is prescribed of him in this world specifically through learning Torah and performance and Mitzvot. Through each “soldier” in the legion of G-d fulfilling their mission
Where are the areas in your life that you can become more attuned, attentive and humble in? What are the ways you can become more humble and in tune with your inner Yud? Go out there and shine!!!
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