Shomer Emunim #B1

16 Nov


Shomer Emunim #B1

Reminder: Translation is by;
 The Horonsteipler Rav; Rabbi Mordechai Twerski, Shlita,
Edited & transcribed by his talmid, Shaul Taub.
Brackets are notes by Rabbi Twerski, Braces are editors’ notes.

Introduction: After the previous dialogue, She’altiel resolved to know the entire wisdom of Chochmas Kabballah. And because of his desire to understand every last detail about it and to come to know its ultimate purpose, he came to the decision to stop learning Gemara, Rashi and Tosfos; and to let go of the other ways of learning the simple approaches to Torah. So he secluded himself in his home and became his own student. He enjoyed progressing day by day learning the prominent Seforim that were written on the subject of Kabballah. And he got his value from Hashem, because in a very short period of time, he started amassing sack-fulls of its knowledge and he became familiar with all of its tools. He bonded lovingly with them and did not stop enjoying it until he found his real purpose in it.

However, since he learned it from Seforim, but did not receive it as a Mesorah from those who taught it, he couldn’t escape some doubts and questions that would arise from ancient words and deep concepts. That’s because he was missing some of the prerequisites and underlying premises and introductions which are really necessary in order to go into the orchard of this lofty Chochmah, to avoid misunderstanding the intent of the Mekubalim and to correctly understand their paths and the righteousness of their approaches. After getting entangled in his doubts day after day, and going back and forth between both sides of the discussion, Hashem revived his spirit by saying: “Why are you sitting and trying to do this on your own with loads of doubts hovering over you? If you really desire to understand the approaches and measures of this Chochmah, and to enjoy the fragrance of its fields and the flow of its sweetness, find yourself a Rebbi. Your conversations with him will make it sweet, he will satisfy your thirst and enlighten your eyes. His wisdom will come into your heart and the understanding will give sweetness to your soul.” And so She’altiel arose and traveled, and he went to seek Hashem in Yehoyada’s Beis Medrash. When he approached Yehoyada, he started the conversation and said…

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