Leviticus: Perashat Tzav — Burning Desires
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Rabbi Dr. Haim Talbi.
The Great Healer
Department of Talmud. The Tokheha Admonishment refers to the passage of curses that Moses relayed to the Israelites by way of moral lesson and warning. In the Mishnah these verses are called curses kelalot. Due to its content, reading the Tokheha would cast fear upon the congregation, especially upon the person called up to the Torah for this passage. This notion was apparently derived from the Zohar , which held that all admonishments are actually blessings, even if on the surface they appear to be curses. We quote: .
How fortunate you are that the Holy One, blessed be He, is mindful of your honor.
All the promises and consolation of Israel are written in these curses. Consider, when a king loves his son, although he might curse him and beat him nevertheless he loves him from the bottom of his heart. Thus, even though the Holy One, blessed be He, uttered curses, His words were said lovingly. Outwardly they appear as curses, but they are a great beneficence, since these curses were said lovingly.
Born a priest or not, we can all lead priestly lives – J.
Based on this passage, the Admor Rabbi Samuel of Sokhatshov wrote: . Thus we see that the great leaders of Hassidism transformed the curse into a blessing. When he was especially selected to come up to the Torah for the passage containing the Admonishment, at first he became somewhat faint.
During the Torah service he stood directly in front of the Maggid as he read from the Torah. The Maggid of Kozienice did not explain his words. Graphic Novels Comic Strips.
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