Thursday, August 02, 2018

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Yearning


    by Reb Gutman Locks   
      

Yearning

 

     When the First Temple stood the revelation of Hashem's presence would be revealed in the Temple continually, and on the holidays it would increase.

     Even though it was revealed this does not mean that every Jew experienced the revelation. Yes, everyone would notice something different, each according to his or her individual level, but unless the Jew looked for it, they would not see it… almost not at all.

     The same thing happens today, albeit on a much lower level. When we come into a holy place day after day, the awareness of that holiness will either increase or decrease daily. It depends on our desire to experience it. We have to seek the experience in order to recognize it, and obviously, first, we have to do what Hashem wants us to do.

     If we fulfill the commandments with only physical intent, then that will be all we will experience day after day, year after year. We have to look to see the holiness within the commandments.

     King Dovid, the beloved of Hashem, would ask, "How long will You hide Your face from me?"

     We should also be asking this question...lovingly and thankful that we even know to look for it.

 

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