Wednesday, September 29, 2010

And tonight, we say l'chaim...

Rabbi Mordechai Friedman tells me the following every year, and I think it's quite pertinent:

The two days of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are very precious. Rabbi Shalom DovBer Schneersohn, fifth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, stated:

The 48 hours of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah should be highly treasured. Every moment is an opportunity to draw bucket- and barrelfuls of material and spiritual treasures. And this is accomplished through dancing...

I also remember something along the lines of, "What can be accomplished through the 48 hours of Rosh Hashanah through penitenting can be accomplished in the 48 hours of Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah through dancing," but I can't find a source for it.

9 comments:

sarabonne said...

You can measure the buckets of spiritual blessings by the amount of sweat you exude. Cheers!

e said...

penitenting=repenting.

e said...

Perhaps the quote you're looking for is in today's hayom yom
http://www.chabad.org/dailystudy/hayomyom.asp?tDate=9/30/2010

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

Yes, but only if you dance on simchas torah like you repent on Rosh Hashana, and only if you SHUT THE *&%*^&%$$ UP DURING LEINING like you do on Rosh Hashana. (That last part is just me)

The Real Shliach said...

Sara: Quite.

e: Correct.

e(2): Incorrect. As in, that's not what I'm saying.

Modeh: No, the whole point is that even those whose efforts were pathetic on RH can make up for it on ST. And yes, people should be quiet during the Torah chanting.

e said...

Yesterday my uncle said that some rabbi said, during a funeral for some sifrei torah that got burned, that the reason the Holocaust affected specifically the Ashekenazim and not the Sefardim was because the Ashkenazim spoke during kriah, and the Sefardim didn't.

sarabonne said...

Now that your internet is back, you owe me a comment. You have 24 hours.

The Real Shliach said...

e: Six million for Kriah? That's a vindictive G-d.

Sara: humph.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

trs: i meant 'like you're supposed to on RH'.

trs2: according to the local shliach it was the rebbe rashab.

e: proves that god was a baal kria in a shteibl.