Endorsement of Nefesh HaTzimtzum

Rabbi Yitzchok Menachem Weinberg, The Tolner Rebbe of Jerusalem.

Rabbi Yitzchok Weinberg

Translation of Rabbi Weinberg’s Endorsement

To the Rabbi who is involved with the depths of the concepts of how the Creator conducts Himself, R. Avinoam Fraenkel, peace and blessing.

It is a wonderful privilege to be involved with the book Nefesh HaChaim. Not everyone merits to be involved with such exalted concepts, and in particular with the comparison between [Rabbi Chaim Volozhin’s] holy words and [those of] the illustrious leaders of his generation, who followed the worldview of the Baal Shem Tov and his students, headed by the Alter Rebbe, the Baal HaTanya, of righteous and holy blessed memory. Many were severely confused about the nature of the schism [between the Chassidim and Mitnagdim] such that they considered that there were fundamental differences in outlook. However, it is already well-known that “all their opinions are words of the living God,” and that, on the contrary, “They all are hinged on a single principle” [Kohelet 1:6; 3:20]. You are fortunate that you have merited to delve into the depths of the matter and to demonstrate how they can all be reconciled with each other and that “through them and through you, the Supernal One will be praised” [Sotah 40a]. Therefore, I bestow my blessing, the blessing of an ordinary person, that your book should increase awareness at this time [the year] 5775, [forming the initial letters of] “May this year be one that creates awareness,” and that you should see this and rejoice.

The one who writes and signs with tremendous admiration,

Yitzchak Menachem Weinberg

grandson of the Tolner Rebbe

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