Rabbi Nasan Maimon. Parshas Tetzaveh – Am Yisrael as a Fruitful Tree (Entire Shiur).
The People of Israel are compared to an olive tree and a grape vine.
The role of Moshe Rabbeinu as the Tzaddik of his generation, and how the dynamic between Tzaddik and Am Yisrael translates into our lives today.
The Tzaddik knows how to activate, incorporate, and unite all the Tefilos, Torah study, and Mitzvos of those connected to him.
Hiskashrus – attachment to- the Tzaddik is done through studying his Torah, following his advice, visiting his grave site, giving Tzedakah to support his teachings, and a verbal statement made daily:
הריני מקשר עצמי לכל הצדיקים האמתיים שבדורנו, ולכל הצדיקים האמתיים שוכני עפר קדושים אשר בארץ המה, ובפרט לרבינו הקדוש, צדיק יסוד עולם, נחל נובע מקור חכמה, רבינו נחמן בן פיגא, רבינו נחמן בן שמחה, זכותו יגן עלינו ועל כל ישראל אמן
“I’m now attaching myself to all the true Tzaddikim of our generation and to all the true Tzaddikim who have passed away and are resting in the earth, and especially to our holy teacher, righteous foundation of the world, ‘Flowing Stream, Source of Wisdom’ Rabbeinu Nachman ben Feigeh, Rabbeinu Nachman ben Simcha, may his merit protect us, Amen.”
It’s customary for men to say this when wrapping themselves in the Talis each morning.
Women say this before Shacharis, after the statement “Hareini….’v’ahavta l’reyecha c’mocha” – “I’m hereby accepting upon myself the Mitzvah of ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
More in depth about Hiskashrus to the Tzaddik from Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Rosenfeld ז”ל is HERE: Sichos HaRan 21-24.