Friday, August 28, 2009

Rav Itchie Mayer Morgenstern on Parshas Ki Seitzei

Here is an excerpt from the English translation of Rav Itchie Mayer Morgenstern's "Toras Chochom" that he gave over this week on Parshas Ki Seitzei. Below are links to the full English and Hebrew texts of Toras Chochom on Parshas Ki Seitzei.
During the month of Elul, we need to fulfill the verse in our parsha that describes the “beautiful captive woman”: “And she shall weep over her father and mother for a month of days.”[1] Each and every Jew must seek to merit ruach hakodesh and prophecy during these auspicious days. We must all work to find the path to rectify ourselves and change our ways.

The first step to holiness is the level called “matrimony in an aspect of Chochmah.” This means that one truly lives with the understanding that whatever he endures is from Hashem and is for the best, since there is nothing but Him.[2] But as we work on this feeling of the immanence of Hashem, the bonded closeness that parallels matrimony, we must advance to the levels of yibum and chalitzah which represent confronting the negative within us so that we can truly change our ways.

[1] See Likutei Torah, Parshas Ki Teitzei
[2] Devarim 4:35
Click on one of the following links ot get the full text of Rav Itchie Mayer Morgenstern's Torah on Parshas Ki Seitzei:

Toras Chochom on Parshas Ki Seitzi
English Translation of Toras Chochom on Parshas Ki Seitzi

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