Monday, September 25, 2006

Reinforced Concrete Barriers

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Often we imagine that the barriers we face are many feet thick and constructed of steel and reinforced concrete. In reality they are thinner than a sheet of paper. It is only our mind that prevents us from breaking through them.

Confront these barriers head on and you will see that they disappear before your eyes.

Never let fear of the unknown hold you back. These barriers are simply a mirage.


At September 25, 2006 at 10:55:00 AM EDT, Blogger Neil Harris said...

Very important message as we get closer to Yom Kippur and try to change things within ourselves!

At September 25, 2006 at 12:06:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you hinting to a famous moshol (metaphor) from the Baal Shem Tov, which is brought in Degel Machane Efraim (hafroras Ki Sovoy)? It has a direct relation to Rosh Hashone and gives a very powerful insight into what kavono one should have (in general and on this day in particular).

At September 25, 2006 at 12:14:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Neil: Thanks!

A Yid: I wish I was this deep. Perhaps you could elaborate a little bit on this moshol from the Baal Shem Tov for the readers, ok?

At September 25, 2006 at 12:40:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was sure you were refering to it. It says, that:

There was a powerful King, who created mighty fortificatioins, with many levels of tall walls, surrounded with deep ditches filled with water. Between the walls he put horrible soldiers, lions, bears and beasts, but all this was done as an illusion. Than the King called out, that anyone who'll come to him will be rewarded. Many rushed to the King, but most of them seeing unpenetratable walls and horrible beasts turned back right away. Still, few penetrated some outer walls, thus seeing that they were just an illusion. But there stood noble ministers, who were spreading hoards of gold. And many thought it's enough for them to take this innumerable wealth and they turned back, even though they realised that first walls were just an illusion. But every further barrier was more horrible than the previous. And only the son of the King didn't stop, and with mesirus nefesh he broke through all the walls and traversed all ditches, and they all were disapearing, to reveal that this was just an illusion. He was throwing out all his own money to scary soldiers, just in oreder to pass further. And eventually all illusions dissolved. All scary walls and beasts dissapeared and he found himself on a beatiful plane, filled with gardens and orchards, where the servants in beatiful clothing of the King were singing around his throne.

The son of the King stareted to cry to his father - why did you hide so much?! - cried he, why was all this needed?
It was for your sake - answered the King, - I wanted to test you and see that you really want to come to me. And I wanted to keep away your enemines, who don't want that you rule my kingdom and who slander on you. And the King closed his sone in royal robes, and put a crown on his head, to show that he is in charge of the kingdom.

The Degel adds, that this is the meaning, that three books are opened on Roysh Hashone. Tzadikim are enscribed lealter lechaim. Tzadikim desire to come to the King, with self sacrise they break all barriers to realise that they were a mere illusion.

So we have to think, that this is the true meaning of Roysh Hashone - we have to beg the Eybershter to help us to truly come to him. And our whole desire should be to overcome all barriers of evil to come close to the King.

This moshol has many more nuances, which you can think about. Like all mesholim of the Baal Shem Tov it is very deep.

At September 25, 2006 at 3:33:00 PM EDT, Blogger rabbi without a cause said...

Quoth Elazar ben Durdaya: Ein hadavar taluy ela bi - It all depends only on me.

This is not a statement of arrogance. It's recognition that teshuvah and the correction of my wrongs is not beyond me and is not something for others to do; it's up to me, and it's within my power.

At September 25, 2006 at 3:42:00 PM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

A Yid: Thank you for taking the time to write that out. Perhaps it was in my subconcious since I just reviewed this section recently.

Rabbi Without A Cause: I appreciate your thoughts as well!

At September 29, 2006 at 12:04:00 AM EDT, Blogger MC Aryeh said...

This post could not have come at a better time for me. I really needed to read this today. Thank you for being the shaliach.

At September 29, 2006 at 7:28:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

I needed it too, but thank you for the compliments

At April 12, 2013 at 6:46:00 AM EDT, Blogger Unknown said...

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