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Integrating the Mystical and the Halacha in The Jew, the Torah, and Hashem

Don't Tell Me to Return If You Don't Show Me My Home

2 hr 14 min

Class Summary:

Likkutei Torah Shir Hamaalos Mimmamakim #2: Integrating the Mystical and the Halacha in The Jew, the Torah, and Hashem. Don't Tell Me to Return If You Don't Show Me My Home. This class was presented at Ohr Chaim, Monsey, NY, in Tishrei 5777, Septmeber 2016. (This Maamar was not completed.)


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    Laibel -3 years ago


    Did you happen to finish this maamer?

    Thank you so much!

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    Yehuda ZImmerman -6 years ago

    A bit confused by the end

    At the end you bring the Rogotchover Gaon, that the denial of the day prevents Yom Kippur from atoning for those sins done on Yom Kippur. But if the ישראל part of the נשמה never sins, why are sins of Yom Kippur different? Furthermore, isn't it true that the NEXT Yom Kippur atones for sins committed on the previous one? And what does עיצומו של יום mean? We see that Rashi explains בעצם היום as the middle of the day. (See the end of האזינו.) So perhaps it means that sins committed after the middle of the day are not atoned for, because the atonement moment already passed. But the real upshot of the whole מאמר, as I understand it, is that you are really only sinning against yourself. We are in pain when we do not recognize our innate goodness as a חלק א-לוה ממעל. This causes us to sin, which makes us feel even less so. And this is the only REAL עבירה. I think the שפת אמת said that the reason we start מעריב after Yom Kippur with והוא רחום יכפר עון is because we don't really believe that all was forgiven. And this leads to the next חטא. With this we can understand עבירה גוררת עבירה. It's sort of like a person on a diet who binges, feels guilty about it, and then that causes him (or her) to binge again. However, when we do a מצוה, we feel that essence of our נשמה within us, and we want to be even more connected to it. So we do another מצוה.

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Likkutei Torah Shir Hamaalos Mimmamakim #2

Rabbi YY Jacobson

  • September 11, 2017
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  • 20 Elul 5777
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