What exactly is the milah covenant and what does it signify? The founder of the Chabad movement, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, delivered the text of this discourse in 1802 to probe the deeper, mystical dimension of the mitzvah of milah. The freshly translated, extensively annotated text is crowned by an original introduction that sets the entire discourse into context. Supplemented by writings on the uniqueness of milah by Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson and stories pertaining to the birth and circumcision ceremonies of the Lubavitcher Rebbes, The Eternal Bond is essential reading, and an excellent addition to the ever-popular Chasidic Heritage Series.
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Garments of the Soul: There are three types of people: ...the righteous one, ruled by his good inclination; ... the wicked one, ruled by his evil inclination; and ... the "intermediate" one, ruled by both (berachot 61b). ... explores the difference ... through the backdrop of two Biblical tales involving spies - sent by Moses and Joshua respectively... the maamar moves to the eternal, spiritual manifestation ...man "sends spies" to assess and conquer "Canaan" - the body and animal soul - and transform them to holiness, "the land of Israel." Jericho is thus man's behavior... thought, speech and deed. To ...conquer Jericho means to be a [intermediate]...To spy out and conquer the rest of the land is to be a tzaddik. The mission of the average man is to ... conquer Jericho, and leave the rest ...to Moses. However, Jericho is merely the "lock" of the land... the rest of the land is open before him .... transforming the seven emotions can ...be achieved. ... in the Messianic era, the three parts of the mind will also be transformed,... the land of the Keini, Knizi and Kadmoni - promised to Abraham ... 28 Sivan: A day of Strength:...G-d says to Moses: Send for yourself men who will inspect the land.... Rashi, remarks: "On your own accord; I am not commanding you." ... here, the Rebbe derives a new dimension... from these words regarding matters where there is no express command in the Torah... G-d desires that one's behavior not be dictated from Above... one must decide on his own to behave in a manner that one's individual will reflect G-d's will. ...notion appears again ...regarding the mitzvah of wearing tzitzit...up to the person to decide "on his own accord" ... ... then explains the significance of the 28th ... of Sivan, its relation to the giving of the Torah, the event of the Spies, and ...month of Tammuz...word ...focuses on...dedication to disseminating the Torah and Chasidism...About the Author:
Yosef Marcus is director of the Chabad center in S. Mateo, California, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He is a translator of Judaic texts and a contributor to several websites including: Chabad.org, Askmoses.com and KabbalaOnline.com. (This short bio is provided courtesy of Chabad.org,)
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Book Description Kehot Publication Society, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0826604595