Thursday, July 13, 2017

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Where Does It Say That?


​   by Reb Gutman Locks  
     

Where Does It Say That?

 

      One of my Shabbos guests is learning in a non-Chassidic yeshiva. He asked me if I go to the mikvah (immersion pool) every day.

     "Of course I do."

     "My Rabbi says that thinking that going to the mikvah cleanses you spiritually, opens the door to sin because you think you can just go to the mikvah and there won't be any repercussions. He asks where in the Torah does it say for a man to go to the mikvah every day?"

      If the mikvah opens the door to sin because we think that we are free to sin again then so does doing teshuva (repentance) open the door to sin. If we know that teshuva brings forgiveness does that mean that we are going to go out and sin again?

      I will show you where we learn to go to the mikvah every day but first a little background information.

     What is a Chassid and what is a Tsaddik? In this sense a Chassid is a Torah observant Jew who does more than is required, and a Tsaddik is a righteous observant Jew who does all that is required. All sources agree that the Chassid is greater than even a Tsaddik.

     I explained to the boy that first we go to the shower and with soap and water we clean our physical bodies. Then after we are physically clean we go to the mikvah for spiritual purity.

     The difference between these two Torah ways (Chassidic and non-Chassidic) is more than going to the mikvah. For instance, the men in those yeshivas usually do not sleep in their tzitzis (small fringed garment). When asked why they do not sleep in them they explain that the mitzvah is a daytime mitzvah as it says you shall look upon them, so there is no obligation to sleep with them.

     And I answer that they are doing the mitzvahs only because they are obligated to do them, not because they love them. All Chassidic males sleep in their tzitzis.

     If when you say the blessing and pull the strap to tighten your tefillin your focus is to be careful that they do not fall off, then your intention when you tie your tefillin is the same as your intention is when you tie your shoes… that they shouldn't fall off.

     When you say the blessing and tighten the strap for your tefillin, your awareness…your attention should be on the meaning of the words of the blessing you are saying, "Who has made us holy with His commandments…." What a unique joy to be able to do a physical act and fulfill the commandment that we shall be holy.

     And this is a Torah source for going to the mikvah every day. The Torah commands us, "You shall be holy…." We want to do whatever we can to live pure and holy lives even when it means doing more than we are obligated to do.



 


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

A Chassid is greater than a Tsaddik, simply because he practises/observes more rituals. Really? Surely, it depends on the individual's sincerity first and foremost. He might just be following the crowd.

Jesterhead45 said...

Agree with anonymous, there is also the fact that many of the rituals / customs / practices / stringencies are considered either non-obligatory or rooted in foreign practices or both.



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