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The holy Zohar says,

Rabbi Yehudah opened his discourse, “the Scripture says (Psalm 100:2), “Serve the Lord with happiness, come before him with song” and indeed we have learnt that we need to be happy in our service to God so as to serve Him with true desire. In this way our work will be whole.

The questions is: How can this requirement of being happy apply when we are talking about a situation  in which a person has sinned against God by transgressing  one of commandments of the Torah, and now he is repenting before God ? In this case the person comes to God with a broken and a sad spirit. How can he feel joy? (Perush HasulamVayikra 109-115)

Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag looks at this question in terms of the question: “What am I looking for? ”

It transpires that this question is the heart of the dilemma. For by analyzing deeply our connection with God we can come to see that our sorrow over our distance form him is actually a gain in awareness.  The fact that it is God Himself who has enabled us to experience wanting to come closer to Him  as a  true desire, is in itself a cause to rejoice.

This podcast is dedicated for  a Refuah Shlema for Alla Bat Rifkah. May this Torah learning bring her a true healing.

Article excerpted from Sefer haMaamarim of Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag Vol 4 article 25 

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Rebuilding our inner Jerusalem

by yedidah on July 4, 2013

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The fasts and festivals of the Jewish year seemingly remember historical events. But in truth they are prisms with which to view the inner processes of our present.
This period of the three weeks of the destruction of the Temple 2000 years ago teaches us how to rebuild our inner Jerusalem today.
Rabbi Ashlag teaches that the inner meaning of Jerusalem is the point of holiness within our soul wherein we can come to love our fellow unconditionally and thus come to the love of God.

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The basis for true joy

by yedidah February 14, 2013
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When Adar comes in we increase our joy. What is the true basis for joy and how can we come to true feelings?

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The Joy of the Month of Elul

by yedidah August 20, 2012
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Elul is the month when God’s closeness is revealed to us and the soul , our true Self can reconnect with God

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