June 1st, 2017

Fernando Botero.Gentleman

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На десяти праведниках держится мир.

Так говорит старая пословица.
И это правда-таких людей немного, но убери их-и весь
мир может рухнуть в пропасть.
В этом посту я хочу рассказать об очень интересном мистическом вопросе.
В мистической традиции иудаизма сушествует такая версия праведников:
36 святых праведников ,или Цаддиким Нистарим(или Ламед -Вавник)-Нистарим означает: "Потаенные", "спрятанные"..

ל"ו צדיקים

Число 36 означает,что в ЛЮБОЕ время, в любую эпоху на Земле
живут 36 праведных,чистых сердцем людей.И если хотя бы один
из них погибнет,Земле человечеству настанет конец.Эти люди
защищают Землю и защищают людей от бедствий и от врагов,от диктаторов.
Этим людям(их можно было бы нaзвать анегелами,но они-такие же
смертные,кaк все остальные люди) дарованы Б-гом необычайные силы и возможности.
Как только их задача выполнена. они снова "исчезают".Ламед-вавники не
знают друг о друге ,также они не знают,что они -часть 36.
Более того, легенды говорят,что если один из людей заявляет,что он-один
из 36...это означает только одно--что он лжет.
Каждый из 36 должен быть образцом скромности,спокойствия,чистоты,доброты.
Как только один из ламед -вавников гибнет,его место тут же занимает другой.
Если(по случайному стечению обстоятельств) один из "36" узнает другого,
это должно хранится в секрете.
Fernando Botero.Gentleman

Скрытые праведники

Скрытость ламедвовника не сводится только к тому, что окружающие
не распознают в нем праведника. Не распознают его и
другие ламедвовники. Более того, предполагается, что не знает
о своей принадлежности к ламедвовникам и он сам. Заявляющий о
себе «я скрытый праведник», наверняка не является таковым,
а некоторые толкования говорят, что если один из скрытых
праведников осознает себя как ламедвовника, он немедленно умрет,
а ламедвовником станет кто-то другой. Другие толкования
предполагают, что для свершения какого-то чуда
(исцеления, спасения общины и т. д.) скрытый праведник
может открыть себя миру, но затем скрывается, становится
неизвестен и неузнаваем, снова.
Fernando Botero.Gentleman

The Legend of the Lamed Vovniks

The Legend of the Lamed Vovniks

Lamed Vav Zaddikim or the Tzadikim Nistarim
Lamed – thirty
Vav – six
Zaddikim / Tzadikim – righteous men
Nistarim – those who are hidden

The Jewish legend of the Lamed Vovniks describes thirty-six righteous men in every generation upon whose merit the world is kept from entire destruction. Based in part on the story of Abraham and his conversation with the Lord about the destruction of Sodom in Genesis 18, the Lamed Vovniks are those who, by virtue of their compassion for others and the prayers they offer, cause the Lord to answer, “I will spare all the place for their sakes” (Genesis 18:26).

Most versions of this legend declare that the hidden thirty-six are unknown to the world and cannot be known, to others or to themselves. They are humble servants of their fellows, tirelessly working to dry tears, show compassion, and shoulder the burdens of those who suffer. Like the Israelites in the Sinai wilderness, they have felt of the Shekhinah, the Divine Presence. They have recognized the power of God in their lives-the pillars of cloud and of fire-which guides them and protects them.

The Lamed Vovniks are not powerless in this wicked world. Rather, they use the gifts and talents which they possess to lift all those around them. They help to save us all.

Although many instances of this legend point to the thirty-six as being “righteous men” only, it seems apparent by the stories which come to us in holy scripture that this cannot be the case. At times of great turmoil when the world needed a shining light, righteous women stood up and made a difference. Ruth, an ancestor to King David, preserved not only Naomi, but her own progeny by being faithful. Esther, through her selfless bravery, saved an entire nation from destruction. And Deborah, instrumental in delivering Israel from Canaanite bondage, served as judge until the Lord chose Gideon to lead the people. These were not simply tzadikah—righteous women—but they also fulfilled the mission of a Lamed Vovnik, for they literally held the fate of their world upon their shoulders.

The Mission of the Lamed Vovniks:

“Rivers of blood have flowed, columns of smoke have obscured the sky, but surviving all these dooms, the tradition has remained inviolate down to our own time. According to it, the world reposes upon thirty-six Just Men, the Lamed-Vov, indistinguishable from simple mortals; often they are unaware of their station. But if just one of them were lacking, the sufferings of mankind would poison even the souls of the newborn, and humanity would suffocate with a single cry. For the Lamed-Vov are the hearts of the world multiplied, and into them, as into one receptacle, pour all our griefs.” — from The Last of the Just, by Andre Schwarz-Bart

Who are the Lamed Vovniks? We may not know. They may not even know themselves. But wherever they are, we can be assured of this: They lead. They comfort. They teach. They protect. They are filled with compassion. They are the very best among us.

Thirty-Six. These are the stories of the Lamed Vovniks.
Fernando Botero.Gentleman

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The fields of humanistic and transpersonal psychology today are enlarged by the wisdom of the world’s great spiritual traditions. In this light, one of the oldest and most profound Jewish legends is that of the 36 hidden just persons, known in Yiddish as the Lamed-vovniks (lamed-vov means “thirty-six” in Hebrew). Tradition has taught that in every generation, humanity is sustained by these secret saints who engage quietly yet powerfully in acts of kindness, compassion, and altruism.

As the Talmud records the evocative words of the fourth-century Babylonian Jew, Abaye, these exalted personages “daily receive the Divine Countenance.” During the 1960s, Abraham Maslow was quite moved by this legend and compared it to the similar Buddhist notion of the bodhisattvas—enlightened human beings who renounce their entry into paradise in order to help the rest of us—still struggling to growth spiritually here on earth.

Though Maslow was conversationally competent in Yiddish, as recalled by his colleague Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi, Maslow most likely learned of the Lamed-vovnik tradition through Martin Buber’s literary-philosophical works rather than through Hebraic or Yiddish books. It is also plausible that Andre Schwarz-Bart’s evocative, bestselling 1959 French novel, The Last of the Just—based on this classic theme—reached Maslow in its subsequent English translation. In some intriguing tales that have come down through the centuries, it is told that each of these holy figures knows the identity of all the others. In this way, they form a hidden network—a cabal—that spans the continents. In other stories, it is said that no member is even aware of his/her own supernal role, let alone that of his/her peers. But common to all variants of the legend is the notion that these mighty saints are outwardly quite ordinary, engaged in the most mundane occupations—a cobbler, a water-carrier, a teacher of small children. Yet, the simplest act of the Lamed-Vovnik is seen to exert incalculable effects on others. The underlying Kabbalistic notion is that compassionate deeds performed with intense kavana—one-pointedness of concentration and intentionalty—harbor tremendous positive energy.

For instance, it is said that a certain village tanner in the early Hasidic era was a Lamed-vovnik: after his death, this seemingly ignorant man was discovered to have composed secret and erudite Kabbalistic treatises. Two apparently uneducated laborers in another tiny East European village were likewise found after their deaths to have written—unbeknownst to their neighbors—sophisticated metaphysical texts that only the most learned persons could comprehend. Released from the conceit that accompanies fame, such exalted personages are in this way able to carry out most effectively their sacred mission.

Perhaps you have already encountered some or even all of these 36 “hidden just persons.” Possibly, you have even suspected that an individual whom you met was far more than he or she appeared to be at the time.

In this guided activity, think back over the course of your life and identify those people who, through the kindness, simplicity, and quiet serenity displayed to you—and others—may have been secret Lamed-vovniks. Focus on the present circumstances and look for possibilities. Remember that flamboyance has never been their style. You may therefore have to stimulate your memory and awareness a bit. You may not be able to list all 36—yet—but name as many as you can.

You may also wish to assume that, at all times, there is at least one Lamed-vovnik secretly operating in your life. If so, who is he or she right now?

— Edward Hoffman
Fernando Botero.Gentleman

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Rosh Hashanah Eve: “How to be a Lamed-Vavnik in a Troubled World” 5771 (2010)

September 8, 2010
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Erev Rosh Hashanah: How to be a Lamed-Vavnik in a Troubled World

Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan, Congregation Beth Israel, Chico, CA 5771/2010

Have you heard the Yiddish word, kaynahoreh? (Keep away the evil eye). My great-grandmother used to say that all the time that she mentioned something good. Which reminds me of a story:

Mr. Finkelstein is called as a witness in a trial.

“How old are you?” asks the D.A.

“I am, kaynahoreh, ninety one.”

“Excuse me? What did you say?”

“I said, I am, kaynahoreh, ninety-one years old.”

“Sir, the clerk can’t type unusual words, please just answer the question with no embellishments,” says the D.A. “I ask you again, How old are you?”

“I told you. Kaynahoreh, I’m ninety-one.”

The D.A. is really getting annoyed. The judge is also losing his patience. He instructs, “The witness will answer the question simply and plainly or be held in contempt of court!”

The defense lawyer rises and says, “Your Honor, I think I can resolve this. May I ask the question?”

“If you can get this trial moving, please, be my guest.”

“Mr. Finkelstein, let me ask you, kaynahoreh, how old are you?


Mr. Finkelstein replies, “Ninety-one!!”

According to Jewish tradition, the world, or more precisely recorded history, is now (kaynahoreh!) 5771 Collapse )
Fernando Botero.Gentleman

Ежи Лец.

В некоторых театрах добились удивительного
реализма — здесь даже несет со сцены портянками.
Только люди нереальны.

Ежи Лец.