bare necessities

I read of Rabbi Yosef de la Reina over on Dreaming of Moshiach.

The most useful, and perhaps scary lesson from the whole tale is that anything we give over to our physical desires is in a sense an offering to avodah zarah. Now, that's a very extreme view but it does help me to understand some of the statements made in the Tanya, and most of all the Baal HaTanya's first lesson to his hassidim, what is forebidden is forebidden and what is permitted isn't necesary.

Even thinking about being on that level is scary still.


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