Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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​   by Reb Gutman Locks   



     From the morning "Verses of Praise"; "For the sake of the union of the Holy One, blessed be He, with His Shechina, to unite the Name Yud-Kay with Vav-Kay in a perfect union in the name of all Israel."

     What are we trying to accomplish here? "Union" means "joining together", or "combining", and "unite" means "to join", "fuse", or "mix." Shechina means Hashem's revealed Presence. Why do we have to mix or join Hashem's Name with His Shechina?" Aren't these already one?

     Yud-Kay are the first two letters of Hashem's most holy Name and Vav-Kay are the last two letters of this holy Name. The Name is commonly translated as Existence with the first two Hebrew letters represent the Higher Existence and the second two Hebrew letters represent the lower Existence. We know this because the letter yud (י) is the only Hebrew letter that is written entirely in the upper area of the line, and the vav (ו) represents the yud being drawn down into the lower realm. The kay(s) represent reality (מציאות), so the most holy Name signifies that Hashem is also the upper reality and the lower reality.

     But why do we have to unite Hashem's Name and His Shechina? Aren't the upper and lower realms and His revealed Presence already One?

     It is not what Hashem's Name stands for, and His revealed Presence that we are trying to unify. It is our understanding of what that holy Name stands for and His revealed Presence that we are trying to "unify". With this prayer we are striving to recognize that Hashem's upper worlds (the entirely spiritual realm) and His lower world (the entire physical realm), and His revealed Presence are actually always One. We are trying to take to heart that, what might appear to us to be many, is in fact a simple One.



1 comment:

  1. On Shabbat there is similar language in the Siddur about the unification taking place Erev Shabbat.


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