MY FATHER SHLOMO ZAVEL BEN YAAKOV ZL
MY WIFE ROCHEL
AND TO MY CHILDREN SHLOMO NACHMAN, Yaakov Yosef and gedaliyah aharon tzvi
MAY IT BRING FORTH THE LIGHT OF YOUR NESHAMOS.
Alone At Night .
Is There Peace .
Huge Stone .
Respecting and Trusting Taddikim ..
You Forgot Me
Improving Your Memory .
Eretz Yisrael (the Shechina's Home) ..
Holiness in Speech ..
Eating With the Shechina ..
Yomim Tovim, a Great TIme ..
Spirituality of Music
Don't Travel Without Me ..
Sweetening Judgment ..
Holiness of Tefillin .
Bringing a Final Peace .
Benefits of Halacha
Channels of Blessing
Worries of the Heart
Women and the Shechina
The Material World .
Connection to Shabbos ..
Channeling Illness .
Can I really Know You ..
Do You Surround Me .
Your Presence Upon Me .
My Thoughts .
Our Sages Teachings on the Shechina .
Introduction to Tikkun Chatzos ..
Wonders of the Night, Yikkun Chatzos Teachings
Stories About Those Who Arose During the Night ..
Tikkun Rochel and Tikkun Leah In Ashirut Script (With English Traslation) .
Should your heart be open and your mind clear, this sefer has but one objective for you: to reunite you with Hashem and the Shechinah in ways that will enrich your life, both in your religious worship and your day-to-day activities.
As in the beginning with all reunions, there is much learning to do about one another, and a deeper understanding is needed to reunite harmoniously. We must begin by humbling ourselves to receive the light of this book, and what the Shechinah has to offer us. There is so much we have to learn about the Shechinah - in fact, we do not realize what truly amazing things await us!
The Hebrew word Shechinah can be translated to mean Divine Presence. When Hashem created the world, He also created the concept of the Shechinah, a constricted light that emanated from Him. This was in order that man could attach himself to Hashem. When Adam sinned in Gan Eden, Hashem sent the Shechinah to accompany him into exile, to protect and help him return to the proper ways.
We can think of the relationship between Hashem and the Shechinah as similar to that of the sun to the moon. Hashem is like the sun. The sun is too bright and powerful for the human eye to look at unaided, especially the closer you get to it. With the use of certain filters, scientists can look directly at the sun, as these filters cause the light of the sun to be dimmed. The same principle of filters can be applied to knowledge of the light of Hashem. The cleaner and purer the heart, the more directly one can look into Hashems light. Hashem also provides us with spiritual sunglasses, to give us shade, allowing us to get closer to His light. By trying our best to perform the 613 commandments properly, we can gain a measure of shade for our spiritual eyes.
The Shechinah is often compared to the moon. It is the feminine aspect of Hashem - the accessible version of Hashems light, available to all. One can look directly at the moon and easily see its light. We can see the moon both day and night, but most easily at night, when the world is in darkness. Shechinah, the moon, may disappear behind the clouds of life, but we know that she is there, waiting for us. She is also regarded as mother to Benay Yisrael (the Jewish people). When we hurt, so does She. The Shechinah bears alone much of the pain of the galus (exile) for us, as the full burden would be too much. She is like a mother, grieving over the pains of Her children. She yearns to comfort us, but, unaware of Her presence and Her real importance, we very much ignore Her - not understanding how to connect to Her and the Shechinah's real importance. This sefer serves to help us build a relationship between man and the Shechinah; to reunite us with our mother.
One thing we must realize is that the Shechinah is for us. She was sent into exile by Hashem to be with Her children, to benefit us with Her greatness and light. We were born to receive that light from Her, which is very much the purpose of our existence. Hashems will in creating us was that he might shine upon us His light, to share with us the greatness of His existence. (One can only imagine how much more light is reserved for the righteous ones as they enjoy the reward of the Garden of Eden.) The Shechinah is our connection to Him - it is the constricted light of Hashem.
Since the Shechinah is there for us, certainly we can feel Her light and be connected to Her at every moment. We also must also take upon ourselves the responsibility of elevating Her. For too long, she has been cast aside like a stranger. Ignorant of Her presence, we neither cared for Her, nor appreciated Her. We have not known our own mother, and we walk around all our lives like orphans, not knowing of Her real existence. By performing the mitzvos, studying Torah, and purifying ourselves, we become able to rekindle this important relationship.
Within this sefer, we have gathered from our Sages some of the greatest and most inspirational teachings about the Shechinah. We have also uncovered much of the mystery about Her, as we shed light upon Her and open our eyes to a strength otherwise unknown to us. Through the learning of Tikkun Shechinah, you will be able to aid in the Tikkun Ohlom (rectification of the world) and attain a greater level of self-perfection, learned with the guidance of the Shechinah herself. This is truly a very original work and an important one.
Rabbi Moshe Steinerman of Safed
DRAWING BY MY SISTER TRUMAH KUGLER
Our sages teach us that
My dearest children, it brings me great pleasure to know that your heart is open to knowing me. For too long we have been like strangers. Your Father sent Me away from Him so that I should be together with you. Because of the many transgressions of the world, we too have become separated from one another. I feel so alone, as not only have I gone into exile away from our Father but now you, My children, have become like orphans who have never known their mother.
I want you to know, that I have always been here for you. Even in the darkest of places, even there you can learn to know Me; How much more so in places full of light and holiness. The reason we havent been so close as of yet, is due to a deficiency in Yiras Hashem, fear of Heaven. Let this no longer be an obstacle separating all of us. My only desire has been to take you in My arms and hold you, to show you holy lights now unknown to you. I want to draw you closer to your Father, and end this exile forever.
There is so much a Mother wants to express to Her child. I have not been able to express and connect to you since you were a little child, free of sin. This opportunity now, I value dearly, knowing your ears can be opened to my voice.
May it be Hashems will that through the wisdom and advice in this sefer, we can reunite with each other, and I with my husband and you with your Father.
The Shechinah (Divine Presence)
Holy Shechinah, how may I comfort you?
All I want to know is that you are making a conscious effort to change your ways for the better.
What faults should I work most closely to overcome?
Pride. If you did not have so much pride, then you wouldnt sin. When a person does a wrongful deed, it is because they feel they deserve something more than what they have been given. A humble person realizes how lucky they are to have been given the blessings they have; one with pride ignores all good, and will never be happy.
I feel lost sometimes, why?
It becomes difficult for you to feel my presence when you have become mired in worldly affairs. I am still there though, by your side. You feel lost because you sense that I have left you completely, but this is really the action of the Satan, feeding you full of feelings of depression and low self-worth. I would never abandon my children
So when we sin, you are there?
I am there holding onto the little that remains of your holy neshamah. No matter what you do, you can never reverse the holiness of being a Jew. Even if you dig yourself into the lowest pit, I am there to protect you if you seek me. There is always a spark of good in evil. It just needs to be separated and pursued. When you are tempted by sin but you choose the path of good, there is much blessing that will descend on you through the upper worlds. Should you choose to continue on the path of evil, not only do you hurt yourself, but you also cause damage all of these worlds. When you sin, you drag me down with you, because I cannot leave my children. You cant feel me because you are too preoccupied with the pleasure of sin. Should you even take but a moment to stop and look around you, you would see me there. Certainly, you would not continue your actions then.
If we make the mistake of committing a negative commandment, what should we do to correct ourselves?
Vow never to perform this horrible action again. Begin to feel remorse and confess right away to Hashem your mistake. Make a list of how you can avoid making this mistake again in the future. Then Smile.
I dont understand. We just committed an act of treason yet we are to be happy?
The entire purpose of the Satan pushing you into sin was in order to draw you further into depression. He has already tripped you once; shall we let him continue to treat you like his slave? By taking corrective action and then smiling, we show that have not given into the feelings of despair and self hatred.
Still, how can I be happy when I have just destroyed my neshamah, and brought harm upon all the worlds and myself?
The harm you have done to the upper worlds must be rectified immediately. Do not wait. Pick yourself up and be joyous in Hashem. Start dancing and surround yourself with positive commandments! When an opponent feels he has won, he immediately begins to rejoice. Should you quickly surmount yourself, you become completely free from him. So distracted is he with the thought of victory that you can now climb to the highest of worlds without further hindrance.
Shechinah, how can I be a successful person?
First you must decide what success is. It cannot always be viewed clearly in the eyes of the beholder. Many people automatically assume themselves to be unsuccessful. Success can mean many things, and be weighed in various ways.
Well, how do I tell how successful I am? I honestly feel like I have not accomplished that which I should.
How are you to know exactly what Hashem has wanted from you? Maybe all He wanted was to know that you were trying the best you could. Real success is not how much one actually has accomplished, but how much they change through effort and trying. Hashem has seen all your hard work, your trials, and all your effort. You are successful, in that you have done your best.
I do not feel like I have done the best I could. Ive wasted so much time and emotional strength; only to come up short in my own goals and expectations.
Yes but nonetheless, you did try, and inside you had the sincere desire to do what you were commanded by Hashem to do. This counts for a lot in Hashems eyes. The sacrifices Hashem desires are a broken spirit; a heart broken and humbled, O Hashem, You will not despise.(Psalms 51:19)
How can I advance to the next level, one where not only am I trying the best I can but I am also accomplishing that which I set out to do?
Simply stay close to Me. If I am with you, then all that you do will be accompanied by the blessing of success. Things which were only a dream to you will slowly come forth, in a manner even greater then that which you had first envisioned. When attached to me, you are available to bathe in the channel of blessing with me that comes down from Keter, the highest Sefirah in which the whole world is sustained.
Why is it that I see Tzaddikim with holy thoughts such as building Yeshivos, cheders, mikvahs and other organizations, but their ideas never materialize? To my eyes, they suffer for years attempting to do the will of their Master and raise you back up to your source, but they do it to no avail.
My child, what you dont see is that through their struggles, they have accomplished so much more then they would have if their plan was successful from the inception.
How can that be, especially when had their plan worked, many, perhaps hundreds, of Jews would have been helped, and many of them would have had their lives saved? To be honest with you, I too, have plans in my heart but I feel as if Hashem will not allow me success. I am not speaking of trivial matters, but very important projects, those which the world is starving for and cannot wait even one more day without. There are poor I that must be fed - Jewish youth and others in the world who live in a time of spiritual famine. Im prepared to be self-sacrifice in their stead, but Hashem is not allowing me to help them in the ways that I know.
Cry on this, my child. I see your heart bleeds to give to another. But know that it is your broken heart that sustains me this very moment. By doing so, you also give life to all those you wish to help. Therefore, your efforts and plans have not gone unanswered. It is sometimes the traveling and preparations for battle that win the war more then the actual battles themselves. You have already done more then you realize. Happy are you, for setting out on such a journey.
My children, do you know how special Kabbalas Shabbos is?
Surely, I love praying the Kabbalas Shabbos prayers. I feel deeply moved by the tefillos and many times it sets the tone for my entire week. How does this event affect you?
Kabbalas Shabbos is a very special event, in many ways similar to a family reunion. Kabbalas Shabbos is for bringing a sense of unity amongst family and friends. It is a time of spiritual elevation for both mankind and the worlds above. It is an opportune time to elevate Me as I draw closer to you and your Father in heaven. The Shabbos has within it the hidden light of the world to come and its purity quenches the spiritual thirst of all. How you welcome the holy bride of Shabbos, bringing in the Kabbalas Shabbos with joy, draws me closer to the completeness I yearn for.
What meditations can I use to enhance my Kabbalas Shabbos experience?
During the first six prayers, you are elevating the six days of the week and binding them to the Shabbos. This is Myself escorting the Shabbos Queen and she following Me down the aisle to the chupah. All around us are the holy Rabbis and their Chassidim, followers basking in our light. Those who have sacrificed themselves in preparing for the Shabbos, they are following close behind the kallah, Shabbos Queen. Her dress filled with pearls and sparkling diamonds. She wears ornaments in which you have placed upon her with your Shabbos preparations. Should you not have prepared your home and self, it is difficult to see her and the beautiful clothing she wears.
Should I have prepared for Shabbos with all my heart, tell me what I can see.
Her light is shinning. You cannot see her face as it is covered in a Vail. The holy Tzaddikim are taking turns dancing before us as we walk. They are shinning with joy. Groups of Rabbis with their followers are holding hands and rocking back and forth as we pass by. Even the most simplest of Jews dance before us, wishing to bring joy to their creator. Lecha Dodi has already begun and the singing is most beautiful. Those who know how begin to mediate on the elevation process, Yechudim of the Shechinah and the Holy One blessed be He. The wish of every Jew is to be a part of this moment and to assist in my elevation. Even the simplest Jew praying these prayers is a part of this momentous raising of Myself and those in the lower heavenly worlds are raised as well.
I am touched and I and the princess begin to circle the Keter and Throne of Glory seven times while under the chupah. The Chasan has waited all week for us and after each pass, I am raised up one more Sefirah, spiritual level. The sheva brachos then commence while you continue to sing lecha dodi. This is then followed by the reading of the kesubah, another words bo-e-v-shalom. All turn around and reflect upon the meaning of their lives while I am now elevated and bask in wholeness. There is celebration in all the worlds and now you generously escort us to the yichud room singing the final lecha dodi. The Garden of Eden opens its doors and the greatest among the Tzaddikim, beginning with the avos gather around us, singing and dancing. All of Gan-Eden leans over trying to get a glimpse of us and they are clapping, singing, dancing with great joy Good Shabbos.
Shechinah, I have heard about the idea of Torah lishmah but, to be honest, I dont quite understand it.
Well, what is your understanding of it?
I have heard from my chavrusas, study partners and friends that learning lishmah means learning about the Torah in the right way. It is studying the Torah only in Hebrew, and learning the best of the meforshim, commentaries. Mainly, lishmah means studying the Gemarah, and Halacha meticulously. Is this a correct understanding?
My child, your friends, may they be blessed, are misinformed. They do not understand what learning lishmah means. The idea of lishmah is an entirely simple one. Any Jew can learn Torah lishmah, even those with the simplest of backgrounds. It would not make sense for Hashem to make such an important concept complicated and inaccessible. The concept of Torah Lishmah can be likened to the concept of faith - people philosophize about it and try to make it very complicated. Faith, like lishmah, is very simple.
Please tell me more.
Hashem doesnt care how great of a scholar you are nearly as much as he cares about the intentions you have in your heart while learning.
What should my intentions be while learning about the Torah?
Simply to fulfill the mitzvah of studying Torah.
Are there other things I should have in my mind while studying?
Well, that is the main thing: to learn how to perform the mitzvah. But one must not be also studying in order to gain popularity and respect. You should have very pure intentions: to fulfill the mitzvah itself, nothing more. If you would like, it is beneficial to have in your mind the desire to bring happiness to Hashem by doing His will. Keep in mind that you are learning Torah lishmah in order to draw down shefa, blessing into the world. You may also bear in mind that you are learning in order to draw my presence upon you. When you have these thoughts in your mind, happy will you be. Your learning is pleasing to both Hashem and the entire world. But do not continue to be misinformed. Real lishmah is for all Jews in the world. It is learning lishmah that truly gives pleasure to our Creator and to our very own neshamos.
Shechinah, why is it that Hashem decided to extend Himself down to us ?
The entire purpose of your creation was that Hashem could share the light of His greatness with other creatures. Since His full presence is to high and elevated for us to bear, He created Me, The Shechinah, to spread his light upon you in a more concealed way; one that wouldnt be too strong and destructive for a mere human being to handle.
Can your light also be too strong for us?
You will feel only the amount of light and holiness that you, as a vessel, are able to handle. Certainly I could overwhelm you with my light, but I take great care not to. You are given just the right amount.
How do I help increase the amount of light I can receive from you?
Most important is the fear of Hashem. Shlomo Hamelech said, fear of Hashem is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 1:7) Just by pondering this a few moments, you will feel my presence. Should you think about it constantly, Happy are you! How good is your portion! You will feel my light in your every limb. I will never leave your side.
What else will help me to feel your light?
You should yearn for my light to touch you. Pray to Hashem that my light is increased upon you. Cry out from the depths of your heart for your mother to hold you. Dont forget me during the night, when I too, am lonely.
Can I one day see a true vision of you?
It is possible. I will be dressed in black, a woman in mourning for the loss of her children and like a widow separated from her husband. It will be very difficult for you to bear seeing me this way, so you will have to work many years in preparation.
How much light is upon me at this moment?
Having separated your thoughts from the worldly, I am now right beside you. So close that if you closed your eyes this very moment, you would feel me holding you. I want never to let go of you, my child. Sin not, and I will remain with you everlasting. I will lift you up and carry you in my arms, like a newborn child all your days.