October 30, 2006

The Shechinah Rests at the Bedside of a sick person

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 10:34 pm

Here is a divar Torah in honor of Gedalya Aharon Zvi ben Rochel feiga that he should heal quickly.

A righteous person subconsciously and un-subconsciously tries to place himself in environments which are known to be holy. This enables him to attach himself to devekus to Hashem without struggle. Then when he leave this place of inherent kedusha, holiness, his soul naturally tires to continue the attachment.

This being said, it is important for a person to put themselves in a holy place at least one hour a day. It could even be a place that a person designates as holy and this itself draws kedusha there. One could go as for as setting aside a room, chair, jacket or any item of clothing for this purpose. It is important to only use this item for alone.

As I sit here with my baby whose body is 30% burned, I began to search for something strong to hold onto. I was reminded of the words of chazel, “The Shechinah rests at the beside of a sick person.” Having already established this connection in previous days in the Bais Medresh & by holy Tzaddikim, it wasn’t difficult to latch onto this holiness in what would otherwise be an empty place devoid of anything.

If you ponder the thought for a while, scanning the posukim within Tanach, you will see reference to Hashem and the Shechinah in almost all places. The Talmud teaches us that “In all your ways, know Him.” It says that the very heavens are a reflection of the Shechinah and the Thrown of Glory. From the elements He Created man. So we see from mentioning only a couple of posukim that Hashem can be found in all things.

Why is the Shechinah come to some places more then others? It could be that someone performed a great mitzvah at such a place that forever more an extra spirit of holiness would rest upon it or the very opposite could happen. Someone had sinned and the Shechinah being like a mother went down to that place to sustain this person however she could so they would not fall even further into sin. In the later case, the holiness becomes trapped and only through finding the light of Hashem is this mundane place and circumstance, can one unleash this light that has been stuck.

When a person keeps a horse on its rains and then suddenly releases it, the animal immediately darts out quickly. The same is true of this light. Having been stuck so long, as soon as it is released, its light has tremendous force. So much so that if you ride it freely, it could bring you to levels of holiness and revelations, you are otherwise not prepared for.

Do not underestimate the ways of Tzaddikim. They thrive off of these trapped rays of lights. Finding them, releasing them and elevating themselves to the next level inside them. Mundane matters to them are not really mundane at all but rather a Yichud, an opportunity to unite the worlds above with these missing pieces.

Why do the righteous have to suffer? Avraham, the biggest man of chesed, kindness to others latched himself to these trapped lights and therefore he also paid a price. His wife was barren a long time and he became ill (after the bris milah) by bringing up these lights after they had been sitting in darkness as for so long, it was impossible for a little bit of darkness to also not be released. It is silenced through suffering.

What is darkness? An absence of daats, understanding in something. Through suffering, a person attains a new level of daats. Why? Because he finds Hashem through the trial. How? The Shechinah is at the bedside of the sick person. Who is a sick person? Someone who is taken from their normal schedule and thrown into confusion. It is he who is truly sick and whom the Shechinah rests upon.

Now, how many of us are off schedule in some way or another? Is the Shechinah not with us in these situations, carrying for us, teaching us and showing us the way out of the dark?

How then can there be a price to pay for separating good from bad and releasing this trapped light? My friends, we live in a state of illusion. The average person lives in this world 70years but the World to Come is endless. Our poskim teach us the laws of bittle Sheshim. How if 1/60th of something fell into a pot, that thing is considered nothing due to the small place it takes up. How in the world an we consider ourselves having suffered here if we have a true belief in the Next World.

1 Comment

  1. Shkoiech!

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — October 31, 2006 @ 4:44 am

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