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Unread 04-20-2003, 07:49 PM   #1
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Chabad and the study of Nigleh

from "Beacons on the Talmud's Sea"

Chassidus does not view Torah study and avodas HaShem, divine service, as two separate disciplines, but as two elements of a unified thrust to personal refinement and the fulfillment of G-d's will. More particularly, nigleh, the revealed teachings of Torah law, and pnimiyus haTorah, the mystical secrets of Torah, should not be seen as two separate courses of study, but as the body and the soul of the same Torah.

Hence, as the Rebbe Rashab states in Kuntreis Etz Chayim (when giving directives for the students of Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim, the Central Lubavitcher Yeshivah): "It should be evident that a student who studies pnimiyus haTorah has studied nigleh. And it should be evident that a student who studies nigleh has studied pnimiyus haTorah."

If these concepts hold true regarding the Torah study of chassidim, they surely apply with regard to the Rebbeim, the exemplars to whom we look for guidance and direction.

It is not the place of a chassid to rank the Rebbeim, or even to describe them with superlatives. For to apply any description - even a superlative - to a person, implies that one is on a level at which one can comprehend and appreciate the qualities that the other possesses.

This said, it goes without saying that the Rebbeim of Chabad, beginning with the Alter Rebbe and including the Rebbe of our generation, were all giants of soul and giants of scholarship, that their stature was reflected in their mastery of both nigleh and pnimiyus haTorah, and that because of their mastery of pnimiyus haTorah, their approach to nigleh was distinctive and unique.

Spreading The Wellsprings

Once a yeshivah student approached the Rebbe with a dilemma. Although his personal preference and talents lay in the study of nigleh, he nevertheless felt compelled to devote himself to the study of Chassidus because, as the Rebbe would frequently quote,[3] it is spreading the wellsprings of the Baal Shem Tov's teachings that will hasten the coming of Moshiach.

While not discouraging his study of Chassidus, the Rebbe answered the youth that the study of nigleh, particularly as it is illuminated by the teachings of the Rebbeim, is also considered "spreading the wellsprings outward."
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Unread 04-21-2003, 12:57 AM   #2
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so what exactly do u want?
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when the rebbe rashab founded tomchei temimim,it was not to be just another yeshiva in the 'velt' but rather to have obviously the same if not more nigleh with the additional sedorim of is obvious that anyone attending a lubavitch moised will be learning chassidus and also nigleh as the rebbe writes that when a chassidishe bochur is learning nigleh it must be aparent thhat he is a chasidishe'r and he should be learning witha chayus...
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