Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Story Behind Why Meor Einayim is My Favorite Sefer

Pleae CLICK OVER to read my response to a Q and A with A Simple Jew. I'm pasting his question here below. My answer goes into what my favorite sefer is and the reason why.

A Simple Jew asks:

More than a year before I returned to my family's shtetl, I called a seforim store in Brooklyn and ordered a copy of the sefer. The sefer sat on my bookshelf untouched for a long period of time until one day I sat down with a local rabbi and we began to learn it a little bit here and a little bit there. Later, at the tzaddik's kever, I left a kvittel requesting assistance learning this sefer.

I tried to learn it by myself when I came home and unfortunately was quickly discouraged. The sefer returned to my shelf once again until one day I decided that I would go through every page. And that is exactly what I did; never letting a day go by without learning from it. Day after day, month after month, year after year, I return to it and bring a copy of it along with me wherever I go.

With the determination of a miner who is convinced that he will discover gold, I seek to deepen my understanding of this sefer. I continually search for locksmiths who can teach me how to unlock this tzaddik's teachings.

Sometimes a locksmith may become discouraged at the daunting task and suggest we work on a lock he has previously picked. However, I have no interest in the locks that he is overly familiar with. They are his locks and not mine.

Do you have a sefer that you consider to be your sefer? If so, which sefer is it and why do feel such a personal attachment to it?

Dixie Yid Answers:

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