by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
Just some random Simchas Torah thoughts and observations...
- "In Israel we have to squeeze the ruchniyus (spirituality) of two days into one day". Not exactly, it's the kedushah (holiness) of Eretz Yisroel (the holy land) that infuses more into the same moment. [In Israel the holy days of Shemeni Atzeres and Simchas Torah are observed on the same day.]
- After having a bit alcoholic to drink someone commented to me, "you seem to be in good shape but enjoying yourself". I responded "the mitzvah is to be b'simcha (joyful), not to be blitzed or pass out." I'd like to think that's my own smart answer, but rather it's experience.
- One Chabad chossid did become very seriously intoxicated and proceeded to cry and scream for 2 hours about how all of our work is worth nothing, for Moshiach hasn't come. He continued to scream "How can we get up tomorrow and it's yet another Sunday that's still the same? Without Moshiach and without the Divine Presence. How can we go on with just another day, another week, of golus (exile from Hashem)?" Literally with tears and moans and screaming in peoples faces.
Naturally everyone thought he'd lost it, pitied him for his seemingly out of control actions...
But I wonder. If I let myself go that far, would I be calling out for Moshiach, the Geulah (redemption), and bemoaning our separation from HaKodesh Baruch Hu? Unfortunately I suspect not. Is he to be pitied, or me?
When the yanin (wine) goes in, the secrets come out.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe once answered someone, "if only 10 people really wanted Moshiach...". This Simchas Torah I met 1.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא