In Parashat Naso we learn about the Mitzvah of Nazir, the Byblical Jewish hermit. That's a person who has been exposed to some unlawful conduct, as witness or participant, and wishes to cleanse his soul. הרואה סוטה בקלקולה יזיר עצמו מן היין He who has witnessed a Sotah (a divergent woman) in her downfall should vow … Continue reading Bending Bars & Hassidut
Israel on Mt Sinai used a strange formula. נעשה ונשמע We shall do, (perform, observe) , and we shall hear It should have been vice versa! First you hear and listen, then you do what should be done. Of course "hear" here means harken, understand. Our vow at Mt Sinai was to observe the Mitzvot, … Continue reading The Secret of the Angels
Today is La"g BaOmer, which is a special day not only because of the Sefira itself, and because it's the day in which ceased the plague which inhilated 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva's pupils. It is also the Hilula of Rabbi Simon Bar Yochai זיע"א, the day of his parting from this world. Rashb"i was a … Continue reading Where was Kabala before Rabbi Shimon?