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Tanya for Tuesday, 14 Adar I, 5779 - February 19, 2019

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Tanya for 14 Adar I

13 Adar I, 5779 - February 18, 201915 Adar I, 5779 - February 20, 2019

Even he who is innocent of the grievous sins of youth, [but yet wants to attain a broken spirit], should set his heart to fulfill the counsel of the holy Zohar [13] - to be "a master of accounts."

[This means that he should do the spiritual accounting described below as a "master", a proprietor, to whom each set of figures represents either a profit or a loss that directly affects him - rather than as a "servant", a hired accountant, who can view whatever bottom line eventuates with academic detachment].

This means that he should take stock with his soul of all his thoughts, utterances and actions that have come and gone since the day he came into being and until the present day.

Were they all of the realm of holiness, or of the realm of impurity (G-d forbid)?

This [latter realm] includes [also] any thought, utterance or action not directed toward G-d, His Will and His service [even when they are not actually sinful], since this is the meaning of the term sitra achra: [not necessarily "evil", but simply "the other side" - the "side" (realm) that is not holy; thus anything that does not contain holiness belongs to the realm of impurity], as explained earlier, in chapter 6.

Now, it is known, that whenever a person thinks holy thoughts he becomes, during that time, a "chariot" for the "chambers" (heichalot) of holiness whence these thoughts originate, [or, more precisely, whence their vitality originates.

Becoming a "chariot" means that he becomes completely subservient to these heichalot, to the same degree that a vehicle, having no will of its own, is completely subservient to its driver's will. [14]

When he meditates on the love of G-d, for example, he becomes a "vehicle" for the supernal "chamber of love," and so on].

Conversely, [when he thinks impure thoughts] he becomes an unclean "vehicle" for the heichalot of impurity, whence all impure thoughts originate. So, too, with speech and action.

[Thus, even one who cannot call to mind any past sins can humble his spirit by contemplating how often he has become a vehicle for impurity through his thoughts, words and actions which, though not sinful, were still of the realm of the sitra achra - since they were not directed toward G-dliness].



  1. (Back to text) See Zohar III, 178a.

  2. (Back to text) See ch. 23.

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