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The Light of a Mitzvah

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

Chapter 40 of Tanya (by the first Lubavitcher Rebbe, HaRav Shneur Zalman of Liadi) has an interesting discussion about kavanah (concentration/focus/meditation) in tefilah (prayer), Torah learning, and mitzvot.

It discusses specifically how maintaining a kavanah, a focus, that the prayer or learning or mitzvah is 'for it's own sake' allows these to be elevated to the highest worlds and directly connect with the light of the Ein Sof (the Infinite) via the Higher Will.

What's especially interesting to note is the end of this discussion, where the Alter Rebbe helps us understand what will be different in the time of Moshiach...

(the prayer or learning or mitzvah with it's kavanah) shines forth and is revealed with a great and infinite brightness that cannot shine forth and be revealed at all in any manner or form as long as the letters and the mitzvah are still in this material world, until the era of the end of days, when the world will be uplifted from it's materiality, "And the glory of G-d will be revealed..."

So we learn that in the time of the Geulah, a level of G-dliness will be revealed that the presence of G-d will be clear, and the results of Torah and mitzvot will literally shine. However, at this time, all is concealed and only the material can be seen.

Perhaps, on occasion, we get a slight glimmer. Otherwise, we sit in darkness and dream of the light. With a little emunah, and the words of the Torah, we know it's there.

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