World renowned teacher Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Jacobson led a global farbrengen in honor of Yud Tes Kislev, Rosh Hashanah L’Chassidus, aired on TheYeshiva.net and on COLLive.com.
The farbrengen was held in the Mayan Yisroel Shul in Flatbush, under the leadership of Rabbi Yossi Vigler.
Topic: How Chassidus Inspires Us to Live Happy and Wholesome Lives.
Yosef asks two prisoners “why are your depressed today?” and as a result of this question, the world is saved from hunger. Chassidus shows the path to a life filled with joy and celebration based on the awareness that G-d is
everywhere and in everything.
Chassidus is the “Song of Songs” of Judaism-that biblical book which taught us that earth is a mirror of heaven, that physical love can be an expression of spiritual love, and that G-d and the world are one. The definition of true holiness in Judaism-when it elevates and sanctifies the ordinary matters of life. Why did Rabbi Akiva call the Song of Songs “the holiest of the holy?”; why was the tribe of Levi given the gift of holiness?
The Chassidic explanation for the rift between Yosef and his brothers-for Yosef taught the path of integration, of revealing the Onenss of G-d within a fragmented and lowly world. The secret of the Kesones Pasim, the colorful tunic which Yaakov made for Yosef. Chassidus revealed the essence of the revolutionary idea of Judaism-that even nature is a manifestation of Divine energy.
The explanation of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in a story where the Alter Rebbe said of a young Chassid Reb Isaac of Homil: “A young man can become an old man.” There are two approaches how to reach our desired goals in life. One is by emphasizing the void; the other is by behaving as though we have accomplished our goals. Chassidus teaches the latter path. You are never a victim of your condition; you generate the energy that comes back to you from other people.
Chassidus blew a new vitality into a spiritually comatose Jewish nation. It also planted a little of the Moshiach-light in a long and dark exile. It is this consciousness we need today.
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