Text: Likutey Moharan 70 – Spiritual Aspects of Gravity – The Tzaddik is a Magnet – The Mishkan Today – Shemini – Pekudei – Speaker: Rabbi Nasan Maimon.
וַֽיְהִי֙ בַּיּ֣וֹם הַשְּׁמִינִ֔י קָרָ֣א משֶׁ֔ה לְאַֽהֲרֹ֖ן וּלְבָנָ֑יו וּלְזִקְנֵ֖י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל – “And it was on the eighth day, that Moses summoned Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel” (Vayikra 9:1, Shemini).
00:00 – Introduction: the force of gravity in nature.
05:18 – כַּעֲב֣וֹר ס֖וּפָה וְאֵ֣ין רָשָׁ֑ע וְ֜צַדִּ֗יק יְס֣וֹד עוֹלָֽם – “When the whirlwind passes, the wicked man is no more, but the righteous one is the foundation of the world“ (Mishlei 10:25). Shimshon’s riddle about the lion and honey.
*06:09 – Just as the earth has a magnetic field, so the Tzaddik who humbles himself has the power to attract all souls.
08:00 – The Tzaddik is called Ochel – nourishment. All Tzaddikim of a given generation are branches of one central Tzaddik.
12:10 – Blessing that streams into the world is sent from Hashem via the Tzaddik. When a person gives charity to the central Tzaddik of the generation, the donor is actually receiving.
14:18 – Yirmiyahu HaNavi punished those who opposed him by asking Hashem to prevent their charity from reaching worthy recipients.
26:55 – The Mishkan draws holiness to the place where it stands.
28:05 – Midrash – the Mishkan was a guarantee that Hashem would be with Am Yisrael.
30:50 – When the Mishkan isn’t standing, the synagogues and yeshivas of Am Yisrael serve in its place.
32:23 – Parshas Pekudei: eleh pekudei hamishkan – the word Mishkan appears twice in this verse alluding to the fact that when it’s assembled it’s operating and and when it’s in pieces, it’s still operating.
33:10 – The Nassi’im – the Tzaddikim of their generation – donated the wagons on which the elements of the Mishkan were transported.
36:00 – “I dwell with the humble.” (Yeshayahu 57:15).
37:05 – All honor allocated by Hashem to people is distributed via the central Tzaddik of the generation.