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  • intomeaning 1 year ago

    Wonderful, thank you. Based on what you said it seems to me that sefira as a function of reassembling the broken pieces of the luchot also relates to reassembling my specific cheilek in Torah. We come into this world with our Torah forgotten, broken, and we have to pick up what we lost and piece together our personal connection to Hashem. Perhaps that’s what ונתן לנו את תורתו means, the ET, that is, the letters comprising the Torah come together as a function of Hashem’s matanah to us.

    intomeaning 2 years ago

    Such a beautiful piece. This makes me look inward. Sometimes I find myself unsatisfied with my avodah. I can be in a rush and not focused on the words I’m reciting as carefully as I would like to, almost like I am leeching off my mitzvah, without giving it the kavod (honor) it deserves. What this post inspires in me is a fight against this “parasite” that, in my experience, just wants to get the avodah over with, but leaves me feeling like dust. היודך עפר? היגיד אמתך?1 But, “Does dust give thanks to You? Does it proclaim Your faithfulness?”-Siddur. פִּתַּ֥חְתָּ שַׂקִּ֑י וַֽתְּאַזְּרֵ֥נִי שִׂמְחָֽה׃ לְמַ֤עַן ׀ יְזַמֶּרְךָ֣ כָ֭בוֹד וְלֹ֣א יִדֹּ֑ם יְ-הֹ-וָ֥-ה אֱ֝לֹהַ֗י לְעוֹלָ֥ם אוֹדֶֽךָּ. I ask of Hashem to “undo my sackloth”, to “gird me with joy” so that “my soul should sing to You and not be silent.”-Siddur

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