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Ebb & Flow with Solomon Ezra

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Ebb & Flow, like the chassidic concept of Ratzo V’Shuv (running and returning), aims to provide you with the principles and practices, wisdom and willpower, insights and inspiration, and empowerment to access your higher vision, internalize it, and express it to the world. This podcast integrates Ho… read more

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69: Breaking Through Personal Limitations | Rabbi YY Jacobson

Show Notes:

Two States of Consciousness - Ebb & Flow/ Ratzo V'Shuv

The rhythm of life is comprised of Ratzo V'Shuv

Ezekiel Chapter 1: The angelic beings are running and they're returning

The heart contracts and then expands, the inhale and exhale of the breath

We often get stuck in wanting to be in one place but only when we embrace the value of the paradox can we actually begin to suck the marrow out of life and live every moment to its fullest. Rabbi YY's background growing up and being at the feet of the Lubavitcher Rebbe at a young age  [7:34]

He memorized and transcribed many of the Rebbe's discourses

How he was able to memorize the discourses? Total suspension of any other mental noise. Tuning in completely to the words and the energy.

If not now, when?  — Hillel How to keep the relationship with a great leader pure?

"It's easy for people to lose their individuality and use the great leader as a substitute for developing themselves to their own maximum"

There are leaders who create followers, but the greatest leaders create leaders — Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

You have to find your own relationship with God, with yourself, and realize you have a mission in this world that no one else can fulfill. You are an indispensable note in the divine symphony and the music, only your soul's violin can play

How to Apply and Personalize Great Ideas

Law about a Bull who domesticates other animals 3x... (Tractate Baba Kama)

"If you sell the bull or gift it to another person, the calculation start over again..."

We each have a bull in our own lives... This law tells us how to recover from addiction

There are 2 ways for recovery:

  1. train the bull and retrain it to not goring — working with the habit
  2. sell it — surrender it to the domain of God then everything changes
Approach to Judaism: Living with the observances and not being absorbed by them - Distinguishing not being a fanatic & Addiction [39 min]

Approach with laws (Halacha) like in a sports game or following notes in a symphony

The Baal Shemtov said that Halacha (Law) is an acronym of 4 words in Psalms: Ariyu LaShem Kol Ha'Aretz meaning Let the whole world Sing to God.

The details are channels for vibration of the Divine Ebb & Flow. When it is stripped from the symphony it can be restrictive, so it's important to have the bird's eye view of Judaism, appreciate its full tapestry, the fusion between the revealed and the esoteric, the body and the soul. Then the details become the notes of a Balad

Approach it not from a judgmental way. It's an invitation that by playing these notes you can channel this energy through your pschye, your brain, your body, your home. Jewish Law is describing the spiritual science of the Universe.

How it applies to Kosher and not mixing meat and milk [46:15]

Graduate the judgmental model into a model of opportunity to be able to live a meaningful and productive life

Balancing transcending things with doing the things according to Torah (or interpretations of what the Torah means)

Tanya chapter 31: Distinguishing between Atzmut (guilt, depression) and Merirut (remorse with a resolution for the future).

You're not allowed to gossip about other people. You're also not allowed to gossip about yourself — Chofetz Chaim

Use the 'mistake' as a springboard for awareness 

What it means to reveal Godliness in the world?

What is Moshiach, the Messiah?

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