BeRahamim LeHayyim: “Last Chance, Last Dance for Hesed/Love…” A beautiful part of our faith is that we get a second chance, another opportunity to connect if we miss the mark. Kind of like having Yom HaKippurim, then Hoshana Rabbah as a second chance, then until Zot Hanukah (8th Night) to “get it right.”
What is this chance? The Holy Zohar says it is the ability to see the מַטְרוֹנִיתָא Shekhinah in all of her finery. Where is she to be found? In our hearts, that is Her place:
|ח וְעָשׂוּ לִי, מִקְדָּשׁ; וְשָׁכַנְתִּי, בְּתוֹכָם.||8 And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell inside them|
On Pesah we need to be pure of body and pure of spirit to get ourselves out of our own personal tight narrow straits. If we are not in the right place, we get a second opportunity, a second chance to gaze at our inward palace, the place of the Divine Presence.
Rahmana Liba Ba-ey/ Gd desires the heart.
Open the gates of your heart. Break through all shells and husks that conceal your inner light from yourself.
The wicked are punished in that they are not permitted to see just how much light is contained with in them (R. Hershy Worch quoting Sanhedrin 103b–Yesterday’s Daf Yomi on Iyov: “Va’Yimna me’Resha’im Oram “The light of the wicked is held back“).
But we are all righteous! Open the gates of your heart. Look inside and see just how fine you are. Forget about fixing. You are great just the way you are. If you know this deeply, you will do the right thing always. The Shekhinah–Gd’s Divine Presence also called Kinesset Yisrael/the Gathering of Yisrael–She gathers inside you.
Visit Her often, feel her warm radiance. Share it with all of us.