Today we find ourselves on the very cusp of Rosh Hashanah 5781. We have humbled ourselves and afflicted our souls. We have sincerely sought forgiveness from our fellows and have begged HaShem for Divine Rectification. Especially considering the likely challenges the new year will bring, I sincerely hope we have all done our best to clean our slates with our neighbors and with HaShem.
Monday evening we will come together once again and enter into the High Holy Days with clean consciousness' and ask HaShem to purify what we have not or could not correct.
Understand this well: As our consciousness' are cleansed we enter into the state of purity known as devekut! WE become tzadikim! We are, you should pardon phrase, born again! Whether we maintain this state or not is our decision of course, it is not something tat is predestined.
As with most areas of life, tzadikim begin on a low level where their yetzer hatov only slightly surpasses their yetzer hara. But as the tzadik develops in righteousness and wisdom his or her level of holiness increases until the positive far surpasses the negatives. Tikun or Soul Correction is a never ending journey into Self and God Consciousness!
Hear me clearly my friends, HaShem is with the tzadikim as He is with no others. This is because the tzadik dwells in His Holy Presence and does His sacred will! Those who offend the tzadikim offend their LORD! The greater the devekut the greater the offense! Consider the following from II Kings chapter 1:
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After the death of Ahab, Moab rebelled against Israel.
Now Ahaziah fell through the lattice in his upper chamber in Samaria, and lay sick; so he sent messengers, telling them, “Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this sickness.”But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say to them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Now therefore thus says the Lord, You shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.’” So Elijah went.
The messengers returned to the king, and he said to them, “Why have you returned?”And they said to him, “There came a man to meet us, and said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you, and say to him, Thus says the Lord, Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.’”He said to them, “What kind of man was he who came to meet you and told you these things?”They answered him, “He wore a garment of hair, with a belt of leather about his waist.” And he said, “It is Elijah the Tishbite.”
Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty men with his fifty. He went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “O man of God, the king says, ‘Come down.’”But Elijah answered the captain of fifty, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then fire came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
Again the king sent to him another captain of fifty men with his fifty. And he answered and said to him, “O man of God, this is the king’s order, ‘Come down quickly!’”But Elijah answered them, “If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Then the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty.
Again the king sent the captain of a third fifty with his fifty. And the third captain of fifty went up and came and fell on his knees before Elijah and entreated him, “O man of God, please let my life, and the life of these fifty servants of yours, be precious in your sight. Behold, fire came down from heaven and consumed the two former captains of fifty men with their fifties, but now let my life be precious in your sight.”Then the angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So he arose and went down with him to the king and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron—is it because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word?—therefore you shall not come down from the bed to which you have gone up, but you shall surely die.’”
So he died according to the word of the Lord that Elijah had spoken. Jehoram became king in his place in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, because Ahaziah had no son. Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
When the evil people who are running our nation and world, who are plotting to destroy us in so many nefarious ways say, “Jump!” Don't ask them, “How high?” Say “NO! I will NEVER bend my knee before you or your demonic plans! You are nothing but a weed in the Garden of my G-d! In due time He will pluck you out and cast you into the garbage heap of history! Into Gehennah! In the mean time stay out of my way! I refuse to comply!”
Tell these peddlers of hypocrisy and death, "My Body, My Choice!" If this credo works for baby killers then it certainly applies to us! Hands off my body! Hands off my religion! Hands off my country!"
Brothers and sister, to STAND against evil requires strong emunah! KNOW: The more intensely we live in proximity with HaShem through Torah knowledge, hitbodedut and kavanah the stronger our emunah becomes! Like Daniel in Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon we declare that this evil kingdom will NEVER force us to bend our knee to Haman! To Beelzebub! To the Globalists! No matter what they do to us! They can take our jobs, they can cancel our health care, they can do whatever HaShem permits, but KNOW that WE will not bow before them! We HAVE free will! WE DECIDE what we will accept and what we will reject, consequences be damned! They CAN NOT force a person to do ANYTHING whose emunah in HaShem is strong!
Understand that if you comply that was YOUR CHOISE! Own it! If they declare -- which is becoming more and more likely -- that we can neither buy nor sell without the Mark they are pushing on the world, so be it! G-d will feed His tzadikim just like He fed us in the Wilderness! He will deliver us from lion dens just as He delivered Daniel! There are many records of His feeding and rescuing His people! Hold fast to Him no matter what these demons do!
AND hold fast to the community of Tzadikim because YOU are one of them! When they dishonor YOU they are dishonoring G-d because YOU are His Child and YOU have chosen to Stand! May this be YOUR choice. Despite the rampant religious hypocrisy that surrounds us today, despite the fact that SOME Jews -- including some of the previously most honorable and respected -- just like SOME Christians and others are choosing to betray HaShem and His Covenant, only means that it is more important than ever that you and I STAND! So stand with dignity and betachon like the martyrs of the past, and honor others who are standing! See their strengths not their weaknesses! We are not alone!
Listen to the words of our Rebbe recorded at Likutey Moharan Book 1, lesson 61:7!
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As the Tzadikim of past generations have declared in the face of evil:
"If it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!”
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