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Those Who Looked to Him Became Radiant [i]

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths


     Why are we told not to look an evil person in the face? For the same reason those who look to Hashem become radiant. “What damages the eyes damages the soul.”[ii] The soul looks out at the world through the eyes, so what enters the eyes enters the soul.

     There is a common saying that “the eyes are the window to the soul.” This really means that you can tell what type of person someone is by looking in their eyes. Windows work both ways, so this also shows that what we look at reaches our very being.

     When we look at small children we feel soft, and smile. When we look at a gentle countryside we feel gentle. Looking at a calm sea calms our mind.

     But how can we look at Hashem. Is this possible? No one can see Hashem and live. But we can look to Hashem by remembering Him, His Omnipresence, that He is right here even though we can only see His deeds, and not Him.

     We think about what we see, and we feel like our thoughts. Seeing happy things gives us happy thoughts, and happy thoughts make us happy people. Seeing sad things gives us sad thoughts, and sad thoughts make us sad people. Look at very nice things all day long, and you will feel very nice all day long.

[i] Psalms 34:6

[ii] Gemora Shabbos


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