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A Dvar Torah for Parshat Toldot

Our Dvar Torah: Re-Digging the Wells.
A Dvar Torah for Parshat Toldot: Genesis 25:19 - 28:9
By Rabbi Shlomo Nachman ben Ya'akov © November 20, 2020

In this week's parsha Genesis 26:18 says Yitzchak re-dug the wells which had been dug in the days of his father Avraham.

In this verse we find the secret to Jewish survival for all these thousands of years. Torah is alive! Torah is fresh in every generation. Avraham Avinu dug the wells and his descendants, beginning with Yitzchak and Ya'akov, in every generation re-dig those same wells. In other words, Judaism is not a static Path. What is the meaning here?

The Holy Zohar reveals more:

(READ Toldot 13.)

See this? Avraham dug his wells, he delved into the spiritual secrets of HaShem. After him Yitzchak dug his own well on the sites where his father Avraham had dug his. Deep, spiritual realizations such as befit the greatest of the tzadikim were uncovered by them both. Yitzchak's realizations arose from the well of his father Avraham. These realizations were beyond the understanding of most of us however, and so Ya'akov re-dug the wells of his father and grandfather. Ya'akov discovered their realizations and then united them with Zeir Anpin, the transcendent revelation of the Beloved manifested throughout the creation. Through unifying the Spirit and the physicality the transcendent realizations of Avraham and Yitzchak became accessible to ordinary people.

(Read Toldot 103)

EACH OF US needs to re-dig these wells!

Each of us needs to establish ourselves by the Wellspring of HaShem through the power of Emunah.

This is the entire legacy of our Avot, our forefathers. We do not parrot the realizations of others. Like them we dig deeply into the existing wells of Jewish realzation and find our own expression of haTorah. We each develop our own novel understandings and expressions of the Derech of our Beloved.

We do not exist in the past and we do not yet exist in the future. We are not slaves! We are free men and women. Therefore let each day be renewed as if this were our first day! Each day let us dig our wells afresh and let us unify the Sun and the Moon, the physical and the spiritual realities, the seen and the unseen.

As Rebbe Nachman says at Likutey Moharan 261...

(READ Likutey Moharan Book I Lesson # 262)

Our beloved Rebbe speaks of the importance of renewing our service to G-d every day. We must never be discouraged no matter what comes. Whether you join the Resistance and fight back, or seek to live quietly, keeping your head down, hoping to survive the coming Dark Night. Regardless of the Path you choose to walk, KNOW HaShem. Place your emunah and Bitachon in Him alone. Observe His Mitzvot as best you can.

Every morning as you open your eyes with the Modhi Ani take hold of your spiritual shovel and begin tirelessly digging again! Delve deeply into your Soul, study HaShem's Torah and other teachings, boldly apply their wonderful truths to both your internal and external realities.

In this way you will STAND as a Child of G-d's Love in the face of all the evils this system may throw at you. This nation is about to radically change forever. Get your Spiritual Well primed and ready!

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