Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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Page 36 – at the sencond paragraph. Line starts “ve al pi...”
Atzeres has the implication of absorption. “don't run through, slow down and absorb it”.
In the meaning here, at the end of succot, atzeret is the absorption of the light from Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur.
Pleasure that is sensed, has a subject. Essential pleasure, is part and parcel of the essence and cannot be margish or sensed. We are continually pre-occupied with our likes and dislikes, and miss the experience of life itself. If there is some kind of threat, we are sometimes reminded of the experience of life itself.
This essential pleasure is drawn down by tshuvah, which corresponds to the second set of luchot/tablets (that Moses brought from Sinai) that were given on Yom Kippur. This light of the essential pleasure is absorbed internally (klitah be pnimius) on Shmini Atzeret.
It something is absorbed bepnimius then it is reflected in all of his actions.
The nefesh is drawn to Elokus and all good things – this is not just circumstantial – ultimately this is its essential quality.
On shmini atzeret there is no limit on dancing/singing since it represents the simcha of having gone through Rosh Hashanah – Yom Kippur.
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... וחיי עולם