Cuddling with G-d

Thursday, 5 January, 2017 - 1:08 pm

We wouldn’t know from such things down here in NOLA, but winter is (can be) a time when the nights are long and the temperature is frigid. When it is cold out there, the close presence of another person is that much more appreciated. Indeed, the Talmud, commenting on the Purim story, tells us that G-d orchestrated Esther’s audition with Achashverosh to take place during the coldest time of the year (Tevet – our current month), so as to further enhance the value of her visit with the king.

All physical phenomena are reflected in (or a reflection of) the realm of the spirit. Darkness and coldness reflect a diminishment of the sensation of the Divine presence. G-dliness is warmth and light, as the verse states (Deuteronomy 4:24), “for the L-rd your G-d is a consuming fire.” As such, when it is cold and dark even the slightest degree of warmth and light is esteemed more than a greater measure when it is not so cold and dark.

Chassidus teaches that a Mitzvah performed during the dark and cold period of exile is more valued by Hashem than all of the passionate service of G-d in Temple times. When the light of G-d and the Torah blazed, it was not great accomplishment to be devoted. But when that light is subdued and suppressed, then even a less inspired performance of a Mitzvah is akin to cuddling with G-d on a long and cold winter evening.

So when it is cold out there (or because your AC and fans are running), utilize the opportunity to make your Mitzvahs count even more. Cuddling with G-d is a great feeling!

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin

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