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from Sefer HaTanya chapter 26 d
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The following is sound counsel as to how to cleanse one's heart of all sadness and of every trace of worry about mundane matters, even about "Children, Health and Sustenance." Everyone is familiar with the statement of the Rabbis that "Just as one must recite a blessing for the good, [one must also recite a blessing for misfortune]." In the Gemara it is explained that one should accept [misfortune] with joy, like the joy of a visible and obvious benefit, For "this is also for the good," except that it is not apparent and visible to mortal eyes, because it stems from the "hidden world" which is higher than the "revealed world," the latter emanating from the letters vav and hai of the Tetra-grammaton, whereas the "hidden world" represents the letters yod— hai. Hence the meaning of the verse, "Happy is the man whom Thou, O G-d, chasteneth." Therefore, the Rabbis, of blessed memory, commented that it is to those who rejoice in their afflictions that the verse refers: "But they that love Him shall be as the sun going forth in its might." For this is the joy of desiring the nearness of G-d more than anything in the life of this world, as is written, "Because Thy loving-kindness is better than life,.. ," and the nearness of G-d is infinitely stronger and more sublime in the "hidden world," for "The concealment of His strength is there," and "The Most High abides in secrecy." Therefore, [the man who accepts affliction with joy], merits [to see] the "Sun going forth in its might"— in the world to come, i.e. the sun emerging from its sheath in which it is enclosed in this world. But in the world to come it will appear out of its covering, meaning that then the "hidden world" will be revealed and will shine and send forth light in a great and intense revelation to those who had taken refuge in Him in this world and had taken shelter under His "shadow"— the shadow of wisdom (chochmah),i.e. in the sense of "shade" as differing from light and revealed goodness. Suffice it for him who understands.
April 4th, 2013
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