Friday, April 17, 2009

Eating the Bread of Faith on the Eighth Day of Pesach - Moshiach's Meal

Rav Weinberger spoke about some very fundamental inyanim at the Moshiach Seuda at our shul. He gave a great background introduction into why the Baal Shem Tov instituted the Moshiach seuda and what it all means.

He taught that the Meor Einayim in many places, and especially Parshas Pinchas, based on the Kisvei Arizal and the Zohar, says that every Jew has the presence of Moshiach within him. There is a little bit of the neshoma of Moshiach in every Jew, and therefore, even though our hope for Moshiach is often concealed, we all have the ability to believe in the coming of Moshiach because he is already a reality that exits in our very beings.

Similarly, he showed how a similar idea exists with regard to our belief in Hashem. Hashem is not just some entity outside of ourselves that we are told, by some kind of Divine fiat, that we must believe in. The Tanya in perakim 18-20 teaches that Emunah in Hashem is really already part of every Jew. Since, as the Baal Hatanya says in the first perek, every Jew has within him a "חלק אלוה ממעל ממש," a "piece" (kevayachol) of Hashem within him, believing in Hashem is part and parcel of the person since Hashem is already present within him.

Sometimes people don't think that they believe in Hashem or that their Emunah in Hashem is weak, or that they have questions in Emunah. But this is only because the klipahs, tumahs and confusions of this world have concealed their knowledge of Hashem's presence. Hashem is "part" of us so if we would know our true selves, our inherent knowlege and consciousness of Hashem's presence would be revealed in our minds and hearts.

I also wanted to point out that the Aish Kodesh, the Rebbe of Piasetzna in Tzav V'Ziruz #13 makes the same point. He talkes about how we have all seen seforim that try to prove the existence of Hashem through science, logic, philosphy, history, etc. But he says that a Jew who has removed his inner blockages and obstacles will recognize the existence of Hashem from his own soul. Again, this is because Hashem is there in the soul of every Jew. Therefore, the only thing one needs to do to have true and deep Emunah in Hashem is to remove the ta'avah, the dirt, etc. that covers up our existing recognition of Hashem's presence. Then our pre-existing knowledge of Hashem's presence will be revealed without the need for any "external proofs."

It's the same idea with Moshiach. Since the Meor Einyaim says that a bit of the neshoma of Moshiach is in every Jew, the belief in the coming of Moshiach would be revealed within us if only we would know ourselves.

We know that there's an hisorerus, an awakening of the presence of, and the potential for, Moshiach on Achron Shel Pesach, the last day of Pesach because Chazal were mesakein, instituted the haftara on the topic of Yemos HaMoshiach for the 8th day of Pesach. So why do we have a seuda with matza at the Moshiach Seuda?

The Zohar calls Matza "נהמא דמהימנותא," the bread of Emunah. By eating this "bread of faith" at a time when there is an awakening for Moshiach, we hope to inbibe that Emunah in the coming of Moshiach into our inner selves.

There are two levels of understanding the truth of Emunah. In a bechina, an aspect, of Makif or in the aspect of Penimi. Makif means an understanding of Hashem's presence which is surrounding and which one knows about, but which is "out there." But the understanding of Hashem's presence which is Penimi means that a person feels Hashem in every crevice of his being. It is an understanding of Hashem where Emunah is absorbed into every pore of his body. As it was said about one of the Tzadikim of Chabad, that if you would cut him, he would not bleed blood. Rather, he would bleed Chassidus.

By talking and learning about the inyan of Moshiach at the Seudaso Shel Moshiach and by taking the "bread of Emunah" into one's body, our goal is to internalize, b'ofen penimi, the Emunah in Hashem and in the ultimate fulfillment of His purpose in Creating the world, through Yemos Hamoshiach.

May we merit to imbibe Emunah in Hashem and in his Moshiach into our minds, our hearts and our souls.

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7 comments:

Crawling Axe said...

Makif means relating to Hashem as the Source of the Worlds.

Pnimi means realizing that the level of Chay HaOilamim is like a ray in relation to the sun — that the Essence of Hashem is infinitely beyond this level.

How can you relate to this? By stopping worrying about the Light and only desiring Hashem Himself.

Menashe said...

I notice these kind of posts get far fewer comments. After all, you're not asking for a response and there's nothing particularly controversial. Something about me prefers the more argumentative ones.

Anonymous said...

I hate to be a nit-picker, but...
The day is called Achron shel Pesach, not shemini shel Pesach.

There is a whole sicha from the Lubavitcher Rebbe on the topic.

The simple reason is that there is no "Shmini" midoraysa, only a shvii.

DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...

Menashe,

I hear. You like the hotel post better? :-)

Actually, as a bit of an offshoot, I was thinking of doing a post on chumros using a piece from Bilvavi about when chumros are appropriate...

But really, there are plenty of controversial blogs out there that go way too far in the negativity, the controversy, the lashon hara, and the chilul Hashem. I think what we need more of is sites like A Simple Jew and the like which at least try to turn the mind more towards Avodas Hashem, and less towards various interesting debates...

Gut voch!

Menashe said...

Nu and what about various interesting debates in avodas Hashem? They come up much more frequently on ASJ where he contrasts different approaches.

Gut voch to you as well. I reluctantly said veyehi noam tonight.

Menashe said...

I think I wasn't specific enough. I like this blog because it shares nice insights on various inyanim. But that is different from ASJ, where in my opinion there is more of a back and forth about different practices and beliefs.

DixieYid (يهودي جنوبي) said...

I hear you.

But you are right that ASJ does try and mix it up a bit more than I do. :-)