Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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Spiritual Joy

   by Reb Gutman Locks   

     Wanting to defend his insistent crying during prayer, a religious Jew said to me, "The gate of tears is never closed."

     I replied, "That's because when you cry you close all of the other gates."

     He said, "There is no teshuva (repentance) without tears.

     I told him, "Teshuva without joy is not complete."

     In this week's Torah portion, when Yacov heard that his beloved son Yosef was still alive and well, his previous holy level returned. The Torah says, "… the spirit of their father Yacov was revived." Rashi explains that during the years of Yoseph's absence Yacov's "Divine spirit" left him, for it rests only amid joy. And now that Yacov was happy again, he was revived spiritually.

     G-d wants us to be happy.

Turning to G-d




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