This class was given right at the Maaras Hamachpeilah and is absolutely fundamental for understanding Chassidus. Sorry for all of the background noise there was a lot activity there as you can imagine.
For the longest time there was a point of resistance that was hard to overcome to fully appreciate the idea that G-d Needs our Mitzvos and I heard it from people all the time. It was based on the following posuk:
“Sof davar hakol nishma et-ha’Elokim yira, v’et-mitzvotaiv shemor ki-ze kol ha’adam.” The sum of the matter, when all is said and done: Revere G-d and observe His commandments! For this applies to all mankind.
Based on this it seems that G-d is not really vulnerable because it will happen eventually. However, I took the time to sit down with Rabbi Manis and record this 9 min audio and it became clear as to what vulnerability really means.
Basically, it came down to answering this question:
“If I know that I am going to get what I need, do I need it less?”
Rabbi Friedman was recently interviewed by Matisyahu Goren, creator of The Long Short Way Podcast. It was a great interview and strongly encourage everyone to listen, it even touches upon the upcoming elections :).