Thursday, August 28, 2008

Making a start

The Rebbe here encourages someone to davven according to the directives of Kuntres HaTefillah, and complains that this person has not even begun doing so:

I hope that you are guarding the time, to fill it with content of Torah and Mitzvos, Nigleh and Chassidus and carefulness ("hiddur") in observance of Mitzvos in general, and in Avodas HaTefillah, which is one of the foundations and primary aspects of this, as explained in many places in Chassidus—such as in Likkutei Torah, Parshas Bolok[1] and in Kuntres HaTefillah at length—and it appears that you have not even begun in this.

Likkutei Sichos, Vol. 19, p. 513.

We have to start. "All beginnings are hard,"[2] but once we start, we break through a very significant barrier—we have set out on our journey.

[1] 70d.
[2] Mechilta
to Shemos 19:5.