Thursday, September 2, 2010

Seek the Shechina, Then Come to the Mikdash

I am remiss in not having posted anything in quite awhile. Here is a nice insight provided by today's Hahkel email:

And Shana Tova U'Metuka, Ketiva veHatima Tova if I don't "see" you before then - hopefully I will see you, literally, in Yerushalayim, in the event that Mashiach comes in the next few days!

Thanks for reading,
Esther Asna

a. We should try to remember that there are three elements to our lives--Bain Odom LaMakom, Bain Odom Lechaveiro, and Bain Odom LeAtzmo. We should definitely think about at least one aspect in each area in which to improve our lives in the coming year. In this way, our lives will simply become more complete. HaRav Yerucham Levovitz, Shlita makes a wonderful observation on the Pasuk we recently read in Devorim relating to the Bais HaMikdash: "LeShichno Sidreshu U'Vasa Shama--you shall seek the Shechina and come there [to the Bais HaMikdash]." HaRav Yerucham asks--shouldn't the Pasuk have read in the reverse--U'Vasa Shama, VeShichno Sidreshu...You shall come there and seek the Shechina?! The answer, HaRav Yerucham writes, is that the Pasuk is teaching us that we must FIRST seek the Shechina --and only if we first seek the Shechina do we take the SECOND STEP of coming to the Bais HaMikdash. It is the time now of LeShichno Sidreshu--to seek the Shechina through our introspection and improved thoughts, words and deeds. If we can do this, if we yearn to grow in Ruchniyus, we will be zoche to the great SECOND STEP of U'Vasa Shama--we will get to the highest places of Kedusha. What a great guideline in every life activity--LeShichno Sidreshu!

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