October 2, 2007

Succos… then… only after… Simchas Torah

Filed under: Blog Torah — Reb Moshe @ 2:07 pm

(Okay, I had to take my laptop to the Sukkah for this Divar Torah)
Now that we learned that Hashem is One in Heaven and Earth through the Yom Tov of Succos, only now can we truly appreciate the Torah. If we don’t recall the exodus. Should we have forgotten the difficult times in our life when we turned to Hashem and He, only He answered us, we would not be able to realize what we have in the Torah.

We have finally shredded our impurities and we are ready to rejoice in what we have, the greatest possession, the Torah! You know, all the other holidays we are too be thinking about others. We are too give of ourselves and be giving people but simchas Torah… Simchas Torah is me receiving. It is about me and only me. All I want is to hold the Torah. I want to dance before its glory and the glory of Hashem. I’m a Jew and not a heathen.

When we dance on simchas Torah, even if we came from total impurities all our lives, the angel’s of hosts move aside and are unable to block us from dancing before the Throne of Hashem. If a child decides it wants its mommy, nothing, nothing, will stand in its way. Nothing will stand in our way so strong is our desire to dance before Hashem and the Torah. In fact, so holy is this Yom Tov of simchas Torah that you don’t even need the Torah at hand. There we times in my childhood that all I had on Yom Tov was a little Chumash, Bible and even this was enough to break down all the barriers separating me from Hashem. There were even Jews in the holocoast that didn’t even have a book with them, nebach. Do you think they didn’t celebrate simchas Torah? In their hearts, with their very bones which represented the Torah and Judaism, they danced.

You know, on Shabbos, everyone goes to see the Rebbe as he dances Boie VShalom. They all climb and peak over one anothers shoulders trying to get a glimpse ah but in the back of the Shul, there is a holy Yiddalah. He doesn’t need to peak. He just closes his eyes…

People think they see the most when they open their eyes but if only they closed them. When King David said, “And all my bones will shake before You”. When all those onlookers saw him dancing before the Mishkan, it was only those who closed their eyes that really saw… You don’t have to move a finger in order to fulfil the posuk, and all my bones will shake. In fact, you don’t have to move the entire Yom Tov of Simchas Torah to dance with the Torah. You simply have to know that Hashem is One and… your soul will automaticly rejoice far more then your physical limbs could ever go. So now… close your eyes and take yourself before the Throne of Glory and dance before Hashem…

May you have a happy and healthy Yom Tov of Simchas Torah!


  1. Shkoyech Shkoyech!!

    I am going to read this before Hakofos to Shul.

    Comment by Asa Yitzchak — October 2, 2007 @ 6:00 pm

  2. That is such a cool intro for your blog! Takes me back to the Old City:D

    Comment by ruth — October 2, 2007 @ 7:18 pm

  3. BS”D

    Imagine the greater appreciation of a person who first closes his eyes, only to reopen them, and then dance uplifted. The Lubavitcher Rebbe told his chassidim to walk to neighboring synagogues on Shemini Atzeret … from Crown Heights to Boro Park, Flatbush, and yes, even Manhattan.

    This was the first year I did this. First I had to gather the strength, internal fortitude and knowledge of the blessing bestowed for such an act, then “open my eyes” and “dance” to the destination. This act comes from the sefirah of netzach (fortitude/victory), through knowing that when we go out to war again those untoward forces, we will be victorious.

    Reb Moshe, may our joy from Shemini Atzeret and Simchas Torah carry forth throughout the year and break through all boundaries. May we all open up our collective eyes to witness higher and higher revelations. The foremost of which is the physical presence of our righteous Moshiach.

    Comment by Yonason — October 8, 2007 @ 6:47 am

  4. nice teaching. I forgot the Rebbe said this…

    Comment by Reb Moshe — October 10, 2007 @ 1:45 am

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