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THE LIVING ARIZAL

He is referred to as “Arizal HaChai – the Living Arizal,” an epithet that is not used for other great Jews, even those who only died on account of “the serpent’s bite,” and even those of whom it is said that they “did not die” at all

Presented and translated by Boruch Merkur
On the 4th of Menachem-Av 5749, the eve of the hilula of the Arizal HaChai, the Rebbe MHM spoke about the 16th century master kabbalists unique association with the eternal life of the Future Era. In this sense, the Rebbe says, the Arizal surpasses even the tzaddikim who only died on account of the sin of the Tree of Knowledge, tzaddikim who, on account of their profound righteousness, would have otherwise lived forever. In fact, in this respect, the Arizal even outshines Yaakov Avinu and Moshe Rabbeinu, regarding whom our Sages teach in the Talmud that they never actually died. The Rebbes sicha follows.

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The revelation of Shabbos Chazon foreshadows the revelation of the Future Era. This year, Shabbos Chazon occurs on the 5th of Menachem-Av, the hilula of the Arizal. As stated in Igeres HaKodesh siman 28, on the day of a hilula of a tzaddik, allthe service he performed throughout all the days of his lifeis revealed andbrings about salvation in the midst of the land.”

The Arizal is synonymous with the inner dimension of the Torah. (Indeed, the Arizal is an embodiment oftoameha chayim zachuthose who savor it merit life,”* the revelation of the inner dimension of the Torah of the Future Era,** “bread from Heaven,” as discussed earlier.) In fact, it is the Arizal who said thatspecifically in recent generations has it become permittedverily, a Mitzvato reveal this wisdom” (Igeres HaKodesh siman 26, 142b). Later on, the banner of promoting the study of the inner dimension of the Torah was upheld by the Baal Shem Tov, as well as the Rebbes, our leaders, following the directive and instruction ofspread your wellsprings outward,” which brings aboutasi Marthe approach of the master,” Malka Meshicha, the Messianic King.

As a direct resultin addition to an increase inmishpat” [i.e., Torah, intellect] andtzdaka” [Mitzvos associated with refining and purifying physical things, as well as the middos, ones character traits], both of which are especially emphasized in the Arizal*** – this should inspire us to increase in all activities associated with spreading the wellsprings of Chassidus outward, “this wisdom zos hachochma,” especially as it is expressed and richly elucidated in the teachings of Chabad Chassidus, which emphasize the three aspects of the mind: Chochma, Bina, and Daas.

The concept of spreading the wellsprings outward likewise applies to oneself: The general concept of the study of Chabad Chassidus with understanding and comprehension is expressed through the dissemination of the wellsprings of Chochma, Wisdom, into Bina and Daas, reaching as far as the middos, which are consideredoutwardwith respect to the mind. This Chochma must even extend to [the threegarmentsof the soul] thought, speech, and action. Indeed, “action is the most pertinent.”

(From the address of Shabbos Parshas Dvarim, Shabbos Chazon, 4 Menachem-Av; Seifer HaSichos 5749, pg. 619)

NOTES:

*Footnote 83: See Likkutei Sichos Vol. 15, pg. 282, where it is discussed.

**Footnote 84: To note that the concept of redemption is alluded to in his name: “Yitzchok” – for in the Future Era we shall say of Yitzchok, “for you are our father” (Shabbos 89b); “ben Shlomo” – for in the time of Shlomo HaMelech there was perfect peace and tranquility, resembling the peace of the Future Era (Shaarei Tshuva of the Mitteler Rebbe, words beginning withPada VShalomCh. 11).

And also to point out that in several places he is referred to asArizal HaChaithe Living Arizal” (an epithet that is not used for other great Jews, even those whoonly died on account of the serpents bite,” and even those of whom it is said that theydid not dieat allsee Shabbos 55b, Bava Basra 17a; and see Likkutei Sichos Vol. 24, pg. 132 ff.) – a state that resembles the revelation of the eternal life of the future Era.

***See Footnote 87 in the original for sources

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