Sunday, June 11, 2017

Shabat, 16th of Sivan

Sefirot Combination (Cycles of Seven Weeks):

4th day of Week 37 (the "Elephant") and the 11th day (the "Stork") of the 6th cycle ("Yesod"), Netzach shebeGevurah shebeYesod, Victory/Endurance within Might/Discipline within Foundation.

Alef-Bet/Psalms (Cycles of 22 days):

14th day of the 12th cycle ("Trees of the Field and the Grapevine"), Nun within the cycle of Kaf Sofit  


Let us lift up our hearts to our hands, to God in heaven. נִשָּׂא לְבָבֵנוּ אֶל כַּפָּיִם אֶל אֵל בַּשָּׁמָיִם:
Let us lift up our hearts to our hands: When we lift up our hands to heaven, let us also lift up our hearts with them, to return, to bring back our hearts before the Omnipresent, blessed be He. (Lam. Rabbah ms.). Another explanation: 
to our hands: to the clouds, to the heavens, as Scripture states (I Kings 18:44): “There is a cloud as small as a man’s palm, rising.” And similarly, (Job 36: 32): “Over the clouds (כַּפַּיִם) He covers the rain.” And [according to] the Midrash of our Sages: Let us lift up our hands sincerely to the Holy One, blessed be He, like one who washes his hands with cleanliness, who casts from his hands all contamination, for “he who confesses [his sins] and abandons [them] will obtain mercy, but he who confesses [his sins] but does not abandon [them] is like one who immerses himself while holding a [dead] reptile in his hand.”

Song of Songs:

My beloved has gone down to his garden, to the spice beds, to graze in the gardens and to gather roses.בדּוֹדִי יָרַד לְגַנּוֹ לַעֲרֻגוֹת הַבֹּשֶׂם לִרְעוֹת בַּגַּנִּים וְלִלְקֹט שׁוֹשַׁנִּים:
My beloved has gone down to his garden: He commanded us to build His Temple, and He will be there with us.
to the spice beds: to the place where the incense is burned.
to graze in the gardens: And further, He went down to pasture His flocks in the gardens where they were scattered, i.e., those who did not come up from the exile. He causes His Shechinah to rest upon them in the synagogues and in the study halls.
and to gather roses: He listens and hearkens to those who speak of His Torah, to collect their merits and to inscribe them in a memorial book before Him, as it is stated (Mal. 3:16): “Then the God-fearing men spoke…[and a book of remembrance was written before Him…]” Now, concerning your request to seek with us and to build with us, “I am my Beloved’s,” but you are not His, and you shall not build with us, as it is stated (Ezra 4:3): “It is not for you and for us to build a House for our God,” and Scripture states further (Neh. 2:20): “and you have no portion or right or memorial in Jerusalem.”
Hayom Yom

The early sages, who were like angels (may their merit protect us) have already determined that the healing of the soul is like the healing of the body:
The crucial first step is to identify the location of the illness, whether it is caused by the crassness, grossness and corruption of his physical body or by a failing in his soul-powers, the person being inclined to undersirable traits like arrogance or falsehood and the like. Or, the source of the malady may be habit - inadequate rearing or unwholesome environment having brought on bad habits.
Without ascertaining the specific site of the illness and the cause of infection, it is impossible to embark on a cure. One can only prescribe an orderly proper conduct in all matters, what to do and what to avoid. To "do good" in terms of observing mitzvot, designating times for Torah-study and acquiring good character traits - and also to "turn away from evil."
Most urgent of all, however, is that the patient make himself aware of two things: a) to know that he is ill, and desire most fervently to be cured of his malady; b) to know that he can be cured, with hope and absolute trust that, with G‑d's help, he will indeed be cured of his sickness.
Psalms 145 & 146
Temura 3-4

Orach Chayim 511-512


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