Thursday, November 09, 2017

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Spiritual Benefit

    by Reb Gutman Locks

David asked:

     What book other than, maybe, the Tanya would you advise to read in order to get the most spiritual benefit of our Torah?


Gutman's reply:

     Learning any Torah book or doing any mitzvah will bring spiritual benefits. But these benefits can either be realized in this world giving us a spiritual life, aware of Hashem's Presence, or the spiritual benefits might not be recognized until we enter the World to Come.

     Even if we serve Hashem with only physical awareness, still, this will give us a good Jewish physical life; a peaceful home, kosher food, Torah observant children, Jewish grandchildren, and on and on. But for the spiritual benefits to be realized in this world the Jew must serve not only with physical awareness, but with intense spiritual seeking, too.

     Every letter in the Torah, and all of the physical aspects of the mitzvahs are actually physical formations of their spiritual essence. Hashem wrapped His blessings in these physical garments for us to be able to attain these blessings. "You shall be holy …. because I am holy."[i] Hashem wants us to seek His holiness so we will learn His ways and He has given us His Torah and mitzvahs to accomplish this.

     However, spiritual awareness does not necessarily come from just physical study and performance. It must be sought. We must seek the spiritual within the physical.

     An easy way to begin is to pay attention to the meaning of the blessing we say when performing a mitzvah; "asher kidshanu bemitzvohtav" (Who has made us holy with His commandments). When we do a mitzvah, we become holy. Think about this as you perform the mitzvah and it will begin to bring you the spiritual awareness and joy that is required to serve Hashem properly.

[i] Leviticus 11:44

1 comment:

  1. You mention a lot about holiness, but what exactly does it mean to be holy?


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