Shavuot

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The hidden beauty of the spiritual night

by yedidah on May 17, 2015

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The Zohar that we traditionally learn on the festival of Shavuot is called, “The night of the Bride”. In beautiful imagery, it pictures the community of Israel joining together with God, as Bride and Bridegroom under the wedding canopy, at the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

The night of Shavuot is spent studying the Torah, rectifying the vessel so we will be fit to join with God and receive the Torah on the following day.

However , this enactment each year of the Giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai on the festival of Shavuot has a parallel meaning. Rabbi Yehudah Ashlag, in his great commentary on the Zohar, called the Perush haSulam teaches that the festival of Shavuot, the giving of the Torah has the same energy as that of the redemption, the gmar hatikkun. The day of the giving of the Torah is the same energy as the day of the completion of God’s creation in the ultimate way, when His goodness and love will be openly manifest to all.

The night spoken of, is thus, not only the night of the festival of Shavuot, but it is the time when the forces of separation rule over us, separating us from our Creator .

Yet it is just in this time,  the Zohar assures us, that the Bride joins with Her Husband, it is in the night, when God’s light is concealed, that the soul unites with Her Creator.

From the ma’amar Leilah de Kalah Perush haSulam vol 1 Zohar,

With grateful thanks to Dvorah Hoffman and the chevrutas in Tsfat for enabling this learning. 

 

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Receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai

As one man, with one heart

by yedidah on June 3, 2014

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Rashi, the great commentator on the Torah teaches us that when the Children of Israel stood together at Mount Sinai to hear the word of God and to receive His revelation, they stood there “as one man with one heart.” How did they achieve this extraordinary state of unity? 600, 000 people; each one with his own characteristics and attributes. What bonded them together? Furthermore, why was this unity an essential component of the revelation of God on Mount Sinai?

An essential teaching of the Baal HaSulam is that the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai is an eternal act, an act which continues, unceasing, to this day. In this talk we explore what we need in order to receive this revelation in our own lives now.

Talk (15 mins.) taken from “Hashem Shamati Shimecha”: the oral works of the Baal HaSulam collected by Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag and the other students, collated by Rabbi Avraham Mordecai Gottlieb.

With many grateful thanks to my chevrutas Channa Glazer, Shmuel Igar Kinyan, Timna Segal, Dahlia Orlov, Shayna Falk, James Torrance and Sara Schroeder

Further talks on Shavuot

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Receiving the Torah through faith

by yedidah May 13, 2013
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The light of the Torah is one. The vessels with which we receive the light of the Torah are called the garments of the Torah. However, to access the light of the Torah we need to add in the ingredient of faith. Faith that the Torah itself can bring us back to the good way.

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The night of the Bride: A class on the essence of Shavuot

by yedidah May 12, 2013
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Rabbi Ashlag teaches: the night is the time of exile when the soul is separated form God , but it is through Torah and mitzvot that the soul reunites with God. This is the meaning of Shavuot.

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