Maimonides and the Ba’al Shem Tov « Wonders from Your Torah
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The mind strives for certainty. The highest level of crown, medicine above mind, stuff is "the unknowable head." They are meant to complement one another.

The knowledge accessible to mind alone is limited. "The unknowable head" sweetens the severities of the mind, ever expanding its borders.

"All follows the beginning." Many of the greatest novels developed from just one inspired opening sentence.

Some authors began with one sentence for the beginning and one for the end followed by an unfolding plot of hundreds of pages in between.

The beginning is the head and the end is the seal. Just as "all follows the head" so "all follows the seal."

Novel means new and unusual. Each of our lives is a novel. We are the authors of our own novels.

When writing your novel begin with an inspired sentence and end with an inspired sentence (which you envision from the start), then fill in.

"See where you come from and where you're going...." Sight is wisdom, insight. These two sights inspire your first and last sentences.

"See... and before Whom you will have to give account." This final sight directs the unfolding plot of your story.

Even if you have been here before in a previous lifetime, your present life is a novel, new and unusual, with an inspired beginning and end.

That explains why there are some who don't believe in reincarnation - in order to retain the novelty and uniqueness of each lifetime.

So reincarnation is indeed a paradox. We have been here before but our present life has its inspired beginning and end, completely novel.

Great authors may write many novels, without any apparent relation between them. This is like a soul going through many reincarnations.

Reincarnation = 72 = loving-kindness. By the Almighty's infinite loving-kindness the soul migrates to achieve its ultimate rectification.

Sometimes the soul must enter a situation similar to that of a previous lifetime in order to correct. An old setting with a new story.

Rectify a wrong by reacting in a similar setting to that in which the wrong transpired in a new and unusual way. Novelty makes things good.

Redemption from bondage is redemption from the grips of the past, from causality and determinism. One is free to be novel now!

Novel action depends upon novel thinking. Novel thinking is the process by which one reveals his individual portion in the Torah.
Today, about it the 20th of Tevet, marks the passing of Moses Maimonides, named "the great eagle," master of law, philosophy, and medicine.

In his interactions with non-Jewish patients he was known for intercultural awareness and respect for the patient's autonomy.

Of course, Maimonides taught that in a rectified world order all people will recognize the truth of the Torah and abide by its commandments.

The Ba'al Shem Tov taught to bestow physical kindness on another soul and then to bestow spiritual kindness on him, to teach him Torah.

And so we may say that the Ba'al Shem Tov took the lead from Maimonides. First heal the body and then heal the soul.

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