What is a P'nimi? A P'nimi is one who is totally involved in what he is doing, be it learning, davening, doing a Mizvah, or helping a fellow Jew. With Da'as, everything he does in imbued with sincerity, earnestness and wholeheartedness — because he is immersed and subservient to the subject matter at hand. The Tzemach Tzedek, the third Lubavitcher Rebbe once asked his grandfather, the Alter Rebbe, to explain the purpose of Chassidus. The Alter Rebbe replied that the purpose of Chassidus is to change the nature of one's personal traits.
In other words, following our nature — even when good — is not the summit of achievement. The summit of achievement is to weigh and refine each and every character trait — through the study and practice of P'nimius HaTorah — so that our own inner core, our own P'nimius, is reconstructed.
The result is that each and every one of our character traits and emotions is used to serve Hashem, and not our own ego. We become multi-faceted individuals who have realized their potential, for, like a diamond, the gem of the soul shines most brilliantly when it is multi-faceted. Going out of Egypt means surpassing the static limitations, the Meitzarim, of our own natures, and instead becoming free and enlivened people who continually ascend in our service of Hashem.
Can we really change so much? Ultimately, are we not all prisoners of our own personalities? Chassidus explains that each and every one of us possesses a Nefesh Elokis — a Divine Soul — which is truly a part of Hashem, and shares His boundlessness; hence, our ability to achieve transcendance. We can conduct ourselves, in thought, speech and deed, the way a P'nimi does — according to whatever is the true will of Hashem for the needs of the hour.
But can one really love another Jew as much as he loves himself? Chassidus explains that the differences separating one from his fellow are only bodily ones. On the level of Soul — in terms of the Nefesh Elokis — we are all united and stem from One Source, because each soul is an intrinsic part of Hashem.
The assembly of all Jewish souls, like pieces in a vast jigsaw puzzle spanning the totality of creation, forms a spiritual whole whose significance is beyond measure. Only when all Jews fit together and find their unique place is the puzzle complete. Only then is the meaning of Hashem's plan for creation clear. When perceives the Mitzvah of Ahavas Yisroel in the light of Chassidus, one begins to understand why, as Rabbi Yisroel Baal Shem Tov taught, a Neshomo may come down into this world and live for seventy or eighty years, just to do a physical or spiritual favour for another Jew.
The emphasis on Ahavas Yisroel in Yeshivah Gedolah is not only confined to helping other Jews materially and spiritually. It also flows from the Hanholo to the Talmidim, and vice-versa. In Yeshivah Gedolah, utmost attention is paid to each individual's character development, so that he realizes his full potential — to be all that he can be.
The Yeshivah imbues within him an unadulterated, lasting commitment to Torah and Yiddishkeit. The Yeshivah aspires to produce solid and sincere Yidden, with Mesiras Nefesh self-sacrifice for Torah, Yiddishkeit, and for their fellow-Jew.
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Each student who enters Yeshivah Gedolah is seen as a beacon of light, a Menorah, of positive influence. Just as light naturally attracts attention, so too, each student is encouraged to become a beacon and role model for others to follow. By utilizing the material of everyday life, in thought, speech and deed, for the sake of Torah and Mitzvos, one refines and elevates his little corner of this world, and turns it into a fitting dwelling for Hashem.
The concept of Diroh B'Tachtonim greatly reinforces the significance of the concept of Ahavas Yisroel, for Diroh B'Tachtonim emphasizes that one cannot retreat from his fellow Jews. Although each Jewish soul has its own unique destiny and mission in this world, Ahavas Yisroel is the cement through which we build this world into a dwelling for Hashem. Without it, the dwelling is unfit for Hashem to inhabit. With such an approach, one cannot remain a smugly private individual, aloof of his environment. Just as light spreads and automatically pushes away darkness, similarly, the influence of the Tmimim spreads and pushes away the darkness of the Golus.
Ever since , the Tmimim have not stopped caring for the physical and spiritual plight of their fellow Jews.
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