Alef Kaballah 

Being There by Not Being There

13 October 2020
Bereishit

The Rebbe said this discourse on Shabbat Bereishit, 1969.  Shabbat was the day before Rosh Chodesh (the New Moon), so a special Haftorah is said, beginning 'Jonathan said to David, tomorrow is Rosh Chodesh.  You will be noticed because you will be missing..'  (I Samuel 20:28). In the Biblical narrative, David would be absent from a meal with King Saul, and Saul would notice this and therefore comment about him. The discourse discusses this idea in spiritual terms.  By not being there, i.e. by being in a state of self-abnegation, one is present in a greater way.

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