Question & Answer With A Yid - Degel Machaneh Ephraim & Hisbodedus
A Simple Jew asks:
Based on your knowledge of the sefer Degel Machaneh Ephraim, what can you tell me about the Degel's approach to hisbodedus?
A Yid answers:
This topic is very complex. Really I have no clear idea (I mean thorough), what methods of hisboydedus the Degel and other talimdey Baal Shem Tov were using because they intentionally made it very hidden. This issue is one of the hardest and most obscure in Chasidus, and even in Breslov where there is a lot of material on this, it still remains obscure almost as before! It often can be very frustrating, because of elusive character is this issue.
Several recent Chasidic talmidey chachomim tried to research the inyan of hisboydedus, notable R’ Yitzchok Moyshe Erlanger shli"ta who wrote very serious sforim summarizing results of his years long research, but it feels like they didn’t even scratch the surface!
As some Breslover Chasidim say, this is one of the issues, where most often those who speak – don’t know, and those who know, don’t speak… Why? We can only guess. On the other hand we see all around that hisboydedus is a nachalas klal Yisroel, and is relevant not only to great tzadikim. So why is it so obscure and almost totally elusive? I didn’t unravel this question so far.
A Simple Jew responds:
In the past you have mentioned that the Degel does, in fact, address this issue in Parshas Balak. Could you please elaborate a little more?
A Yid responds:
There he just mentiones hisboydedus explicitly, quoting Rebbe's grandfather - Rabbi Nachman Horodenker zy"o. Actually this issue (in one form or another) permuates all Degel. It includes - dveykus leoysies, Toyro lishmo etc. Some of it is also brought in likutim in the end of the Degel.
But as I said - this are small drops from the vast sea which is hidden beneath.