Friday, June 21, 2013

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What Was It Like?

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths


A Tapestry Hanging before an Ark housing Torah Scrolls at the Kotel

     What was it like to walk into the Temple? What will it be like when the Third Temple comes, and we visit there again?

     When the Temple was standing, we were obligated to appear on the Temple Mount three times a year.[i] We are told that we were to go there to, “see and be seen” by the Shechina (G-d’s revealed Presence).

     Much is written about how we were to be seen, i.e. what we were to bring, and what we were to do there. But nothing is written about what we saw. What did we see in the Temple when the Shechina was revealed there, and what will we see when It is revealed again? Even more important, is there anything we can do today to be given even the tiniest glimpse of that most holy sight?

    The Lubavitcher Rebbe taught that “G-dliness” is revealed when we do a mitzvah with the proper intention. That is, it is not enough to merely perform the physical mitzvah. We have to try to grasp what is happening spiritually when we do that physical mitzvah. For instance, who told us to do that act? What does He want from us? What changes in the physical world and in the spiritual world when we do that act? How does this act bring us any closer to seeing His Presence?

    One thing that helps to answer these questions is to know that when you perform a mitzvah a mystical gate opens. To go through that gate, softly speak to Hashem. Say, “thank You,” and remember why you are thanking Him. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving…” and to go even further, enter “His courtyards with praise.” [ii]

[i] Deut. 16:16

[ii] Psalms 100:4

1 comment:

  1. What was it like to walk in the Temple?

    Described by Rabbi Sholom Dovber Schneerson (Rebbe RaShab), the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe (1860-1920)

    ...One who was in the Bais Hamikdash had a feeling of G-dliness and didn't feel his own existence at all, because being in the Bais Hamikdash was a revelation of the Ohr Ein Sof (Divine light) was like another world--the feeling of G-dliness was felt by everyone as self-evident matter of course, and there was no sense of temporal reality.

    The experience in the time of Moshiach will exceed this, for then there will be a revelation of the Ohr Ein Sof (Divine Light) itself, and it will be visible and revealed to every Jew.... Similarly, the revelation of prophecy in the time of Moshiach will be experienced by every Jew. Not as prophecy was revealed to the prophets of the Tanach (Bible), when there were conditions and requirements and one had to be fit to receive the prophecy (being wise, of strong spirit, wealthy). If the conditions were met, prophecy was revealed to the individual as something astounding and supra-natural--to the point where the individual divested himself of materiality. The reason for this was that the revelation was above nature and nature was unable to accept it. Thus, there needed to be material divestment and nullification of the senses. This will not be the case in the time of Moshiach, when prophecy will be a natural thing, even for young boys and girls. This is because the revelation of the concealed Divine Light, namely the level of Atzmus Ohr Ein Sof (the essence of the Divine Light) -- which is presently hidden -- will illuminate in a truly revealed state...

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