Friday, August 03, 2012
I merited to go this amazing and inspiring event on Wednesday, which united 91,000 jews plus thousands more who were connected remotely in love of Hashem and His Torah, and to honor the Torah and the men who spent 7 1/2 years each day learning a page of the Talmud.
It was like a glimpse of Tishrei, with the intensity of the Yamim Noraim (the High Holydays) and the simcha of Simchas Beis Hashuavah (celebrated in Sukkos) and of Simchas Torah.
And similarly with Tishrei, I'm feeling a sense of, "Yaakov holech bdarko" And Yaakov went on his way, which the Lubavitcher Rebbe said means that we have to carry the spiritual intensity with us through the rest of the year. Now that I've felt the heady sense of being not just part of my little kehilla but a part of the greater Jewish world, feeling an unbelievable sense of unity and belonging and a love for every Jew, how can I take this with me on my journey through life?
Also, I think this got me on track as well. Yes, I can tell my children when I go exercising that it's really on to serve Hashem (Gd) bsimcha (with Joy) to be a better eved Hashem (servant of Gd), and so I can be a good Mommy and so on, but did I really mean it? I know I was becoming just a little obsessive with checking my weight and so on. Yes, it's good, yes these changes are good, but after such a siyum, somehow these things have been put naturally in the smaller but necessary places they belong. They were elevated unnecessarily. Now things have shifted to the proper places. What's ikkur is ikkur and what's toful is toful. (What's the main point is treated as the main point and what's secondary is treated as what's secondary.)
And major apologies to anyone who is reading this and has no clue what I'm talking about.
Here's a link to an article with stories and pictures.