Nurturing Faith [Hardcover]
The Chasidic Heritage Series
By: R. Menachem M. Schneerson (Author)
This is the 16th volume of the popular Chassidic Heritage series. It is based on the Rebbe's renowed Ata Tezaveh maamer. This maamer was delivered on the 10th of Adar I 5741, and was given out by the Rebbe on Erev Purim Katan, 5752. The maamer is largely based on the maamer of the Frierdiker Rebbe VeKibel HaYehudim from 5687, which is referred to throughout. It was the last maamer given out by the Rebbe, and is thought amongst Chassidim to be the Hiskashrus maamer, both in terms of its content, and considering the fact that these were the last words the Rebbe "gave over" to us.
The theme, as states the title, is "nurturing faith". Exploring this subject through the lens of chassidus invokes a deep understanding of a Jewish leader, a nasi, who's function is, as explained in the maamer, essentially to nurture the faith of the Jewish people. Corresponding to the sefirah of daa's, a Jewish leader provides a potential for one's otherwise superconsious faith to become internalized and thus materialized in everyday life. This dynamic has been illustrated throughout our history, when during times of extreme duress, our leaders aroused and awakened our essential, yet supra-consious faith. Manifesting in our incredible mesiras nefesh, these brazen displays of emunah were nesessary for our survival. Our challenge now, says the Rebbe, is to awaken and internalize this mesiras nefesh related emunah in our present times of freedom and abundance. Here too,explains the Rebbe, it is the nasi who generates this reality, if we only allow ourselves to connect through him.
From the Inside Flap
Against a basic model of two types of faith, one at-depth, another at-surface, another two-fold model is set forth, and what differentiates them is the substance of faith itself, one original, another derivative.One order of faith traces its lines along a structure of dependency on the limits of circumstance and on crises of consciousness. These may be called the problematics, or poetics, of a situated faith. Its musical notation is ever set in counterpoint. The man of faith finds the secret of his strength in the very conditions of conflict. The life of faith that belongs to this order, like real art, shows the depths of its own harmony, by negatively emobodying the contradictions, pure and uncompromised, in their innermost structure. It is mainly an affair of endurance.A second order of faith can be characterized by its liberation from the structure of dependency on liminal circumstance and crises of consciousness. These may be called the problematics, or poetics, of a sovereign faith, which is a release into the open, a freeing back into the autonomy of one's own center. The creative logic and spur of its strife is not the warfare of antipodes, but only the ecstasy of incompleteness. Here the life of faith is no longer simply a matter of endurance, but refined, transfigured, elevated into the stirring virtuosity of daring.This work is both a historical meditation on the ages that enable, provoke, call for, now one, now another order of faith, and a meditation on autonomy, or how the transition from one order of faith to the next may be accomplished.
Series: Chasidic Heritage
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Kehot Publication Society; 1 edition (June 1, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches