Free translation of a discourse by
the Lubavitcher Rebbe,
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
by Rabbi David Rothschild
"Compassion and Light" the Lubavitcher Rebbe analyzes the
unique Divine Power present during the month of Elul. This is an auspicious
time, when one is empowered to correct a full year's worth of improper
what makes Elul so powerful? Starting on its first day, G-d's Thirteen Attributes
of Compassion shine forth.
What is the nature of their revelation?
Are they illuminated in varying degrees of intensity? Can parables convey their
Drawing on verses from the Bible, passages from Midrash,
Talmud, Zohar, Kabbala, and Chassidus, the Rebbe delves into the operative methodology
of the Thirteen Attributes and their effect.
We learn, for
example, that on Yom Kipur the Thirteen Attributes of Compassion descend in full
revelation. And conversely, in Elul their mere radiation shines. Yet a remarkable
phenomenon exists. Within their reflected Light illumes the Infinite One (Ein
Sof). How is this possible?
These teachings apply to those
seeking G-d. But what can be said of those who find themselves in a lowly spiritual
state, in a condition described by Isaiah as, "lost in the land of Assyria?"
But how did they get there? And how can they escape?
that people are misled by a "spirit of folly." This incitement can be
compared to insanity. As the Talmud codifies, "Who is insane? He, who loses
everything which is given to him."
How this does apply
to us? What can we do?
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