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The Depths of Mikva [Ritual Bath]

Rebbe Nachman says: The Kabalists say it doesn’t say that G-d created water. It says G-d created heaven and earth. Water is between creation, and before creation. Water makes things grow, water flows beyond space, it’s infinite.

Our mistakes come from those times when we disconnect ourselves from before creation. When we immerse in water completely, we connect beyond time and space.

Pure means open, I’m open to receive. Impure means not open to receive, not ready, closed up.

One of the things given to Chava [Eve] in order to fix the mistake of eating from the Tree of Knowledge is going to the mikva [ritual bath]. The Tree of Knowledge is knowing and doing things on the outside, though closed up on the inside.

Water is open to the inside.

In Hebrew, mayim is water. Before creation, there was only Oneness. After creation, G-d and the world are two-ness. Water has the deepest depths of oneness.

First, I want you to know, there are two kinds of closeness. One kind of closeness is when I’m standing face to face with you; Mamash, you look at me and I look at you. This is very close, but it’s not the closest. The closest is when I’m so close to somebody that I can’t even see him anymore.

In the mikva, you close your eyes. When you kiss someone, you’re so close to them that you have to close your eyes to really see them on the inside. In the mikva, you close your eyes because you’re so close, you see so much, so deep.

Rebbe Nachman says that when Mashiach is coming, the world will be filled with G-d knowledge like water in the ocean. When Mashiach is coming it will be like being under the water of the mikva, so very deep, so awesome. Mashiach knowledge is like water knowledge.

Rebbe Nachman says there are two levels: G-d is first [rishon], like G-d is the first and the last, and G-d is One [echad].
We say, “Shema Yisrael HaShem Elokeinu HaShem Echad [Listen Israel, the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is One.]” This is so important. I want you to know, in the deepest depths, that earth is on the level of G-d is first, and water is on the level of G-d is One.

Under the water we know that G-d is One.

The Hebrew word “mayim” [water] has no plural – water and waters, there is only mayim. Water accommodates more water gladly.

What is so special about water? What is water all about? The Gemara says that, in a mikva, if only one hair is sticking out of the water, then the mikva doesn’t work. You must be completely immersed in the water. Inside knowledge….

Before Adam ate from the Tree of Knowledge, he was mamash so very connected to Above. This doesn’t come from outside knowledge, from a book. This is mamash inside knowledge.

What’s the difference? ‘One and one equals two,’ this is outside knowledge. ‘One and one is One,’ this is inside knowledge. The Tree of Knowledge is outside knowledge.

I want you to know, when you’re in the water, completely covered with water, you have inside knowledge.

G-d cursed the snake; the snake is on the earth. Growing things are in the earth; a seed planted in the earth needs water to grow. Water connects the seed to the inside of the earth. So inside us we also need the water of inside knowledge to nurture our growth.

Water tells the earth, “Open your inside. Open inside.”

Pure means open to receive, and impure means not open to receive.

Sweet holy knowledge is coming to us from heaven, but we need to be open to it, to be pure to receive it, so we must go to the mikva.

A pure person is someone who is so very open.

The more I connect, the more I remember. In Hebrew, the word “choshech” [darkness], is almost the same word as “shocheach” [forgetting].

You know what the Tree of Knowledge is? Why does it bring death into the world? Because it is disconnected from the inside.

You know what death is? Death means the soul is not connected to the body.

You know what water is? When G-d created the world there was separateness. You know what “G-d is hiding from the world” means? G-d is One, and the world is two.

You know what happened to Adam and Eve after they ate from the Tree of Knowledge? They became two, but Paradise is one.

Torah does not specifically mention that water was created, because after creation it would be two, but water is still one.

On Shabbos you know that G-d is One; Shabbos is peace and blessing. Always go to the mikva before Shabbos.

Rebbe Nachman says that mikva comes from the word tikva which is hope. Water is anti-death because dying and giving up hope are like the same thing.

Rebbe Nachman says that mikva is the water, the river that comes out of Paradise. Mikva water is pure on the level of oneness.

Why, in order to be kosher, is water from the mikva to be untouched, [not via a secondary implement]? Because it must be untouched water, coming straight down from heaven. Mikva water is pure and untouched on the level of oneness.

Water comes to the inside of your life.

The greatest crime in the world is when you are disconnected from your inside. If you live your life outside without being connected to your inside, what good is it? Water comes to the inside of your life.

What is the water doing to the earth? What is the water doing to you when you go into the mikva? The earth has to believe in itself in order to grow. The snake comes to Eve and says, “You want to be like G-d? Eat from the Tree of Knowledge.” You know what the snake does to you? Why is the snake biting you in the soul? Because the specialty of the snake is to reduce you all the way down to nothing. The snake says, “You are nothing, but if you eat from the Tree of Knowledge then you’ll know what’s right and what’s wrong, then you’ll be like G-d, imitating G-d.” But my knowledge of good and evil doesn’t come from outside, it doesn’t need eating apples to know what’s right and what’s wrong, it comes from inside. The snake thus cuts you down taking away your self-confidence all the time.
Humanity very much needs someone to lift us up. G-d says to Adam, “Cut off the snake’s head.” Take the lowest person and lift him up.

You know friends, people who never tasted the tree of life, what can you tell them about good and bad?

Rebbe Nachman says, the water of the mikva is mamash the highest from heaven. A person has to know that all their problems and brokenness, all their falling apart, is because they are not completely surrounded by G-d’s heavenly love. If they go to the mikva, they will feel surrounded by G-d’s love.

Deep inside nobody wants to do wrong. Deep inside everyone wants to be so good, but sometimes my inside and my outside are disconnected. Water connects the outside of the earth to the inside of the earth, water connects my outside to my inside, water connects my inside to the deepest surrounding light. Under the water in the mikva I am mamash completely surrounded by the most heavenly illumination.

You know what water does to you? Mikva makes you mamash into one. Every drop of water is one. The Zohar hakodesh says one and one is one.

Rebbe Nachman says that when you go to the mikva, mamash, it takes away all the fighting and all the anger. This has such deep meaning. Because mikva makes you connect to the reality that, “G-d is One.”

Rebbe Nachman says that anger comes from thinking that I’m the master of the world; but in the mikva I know that only G-d is the master.

Compassion is better than anger.

Angry words can be like a knife in the heart because we’re disconnected from our inside place, disconnected from our oneness.

Rebbe Nachman says that there is earth knowledge and water knowledge. Remember what was said before, that when Mashiach is coming, the world will be filled with G-d knowledge like water covering the ocean. Water knowledge is so deep, so pure, so beautiful, so good, so inside.

Rebbe Nachman says, some people think: “When I have a cold I shouldn’t go to the mikva.” Mikva doesn’t make you sick; on the contrary, it’s the most healing thing in the world.

Rebbe Nachman says, when I’m in the mikva, holy knowledge enters me. When I’m in the mikva I have vessels to receive knowledge from the heavenly Source, because I’m in another world in the mikva, not in this world.

When I go to the mikva I close my eyes, like when kissing, and I connect to a higher world, with deeper knowledge.

When I’m in the mikva, completely surrounded by heavenly water, I see that G-d is absolutely surrounding me. G-d is taking care of my every step. G-d helps every one of us.

When you pray in the mikva, when you turn your heart to G-d, when you pray, at that moment G-d is taking care of you.

Rebbe Nachman says, what did Eve do when she ate from the Tree of Knowledge? She disconnected herself from heaven and earth and she connected herself to outside knowledge, the knowledge of good and evil. Mikva is connection to inside knowledge.

Friends, open your hearts to this, anyone who wants to purify himself can go to the mikva.

Why did the snake go to Eve and not to Adam? Because Eve is a woman, and to bring children, life, into this world is so holy, it’s G-d-like. Husband, wife, and children are connected to holiness and oneness by mikva.

Pureness is coming from heaven; holiness is coming from heaven. Pureness is a vessel for receiving the highest and deepest heavenly inside knowledge. Snake-talk is outside knowledge, but inside is the will of my soul, inside knowing. Mikva is giving strength to the inside of my inside of my inside, and connecting me to the highest place in heaven.

Water knowledge is inside knowledge.

Water is inside, mikva is inside, Shabbos is inside. Under water I disconnect from outside knowledge and connect to inside knowledge.

Mikva gives hope to people. The world needs to be purified, it needs hope.

Jerusalem is the mikva for Israel.

Rebbe Nachman says that to go to the mikva is to know that G-d is One; not that G-d is first, but that G-d is One, absolutely. You have to go to the mikva to be connected to inside, to oneness… deepest… highest… inside.



Daily Torah Quote

Joke of the day

poor man came to the house of an elderly couple. Unfortunately they had nothing in the house to give him except an old piece of fish “from before the time of Noah’s Ark and the flood.” Out of desperation, they served him this fish and the next thing they knew he had to be rushed to the hospital. The elderly couple, of course, accompanied him to the hospital but, unfortunately, watched him die in front of their eyes.

At the funeral the elderly woman was crying uncontrollably and her husband was having a hard time trying to console her. She was hysterically screaming, “The fish killed him, the fish killed him.”

The husband who couldn’t stand to see his wife in such a state comforted her and said, “My darling, it’s really not that bad. We had the merit of fulfilling three good deeds: Welcoming guests, visiting the sick, and escorting the deceased!”