Thursday, December 30, 2010

Heavenly Temple


My purpose in this work is to discuss the subject of the Heavenly Temple mentioned by our sages, to explain its form and structure in all their various details, and to show how the structure and dimensions of the earthly Temple are in direct alignment with those of the Heavenly Temple.

And you, dear, pleasant reader: Apply yourself with all your mental powers. Pay full attention, and I will teach you wondrous wisdom the like of which you have never heard. Then you will know how the King of the kings of kings watches over His creatures and conducts His universe in an ordered manner. He instituted the order of the universe so as to set it on a firm foundation and bring it to perfection in truth and faith.

These deep matters are way beyond the grasp of the human mind. No man has ever succeeded in fathoming the wisdom of his Creator and traveling the path of truth and justice in order to grasp and understand the works of God. But now I will lay these matters before you in a single, all-inclusive introductory work that will enable you to understand the way the world is run and how God gives each day's portion of food and sustenance to all His creatures, each in its proper time.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Are You Sick?

"Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi said, Someone with a headache should busy himself with Torah, as it is said, `For they shall be a diadem of grace for your head' (Proverbs 1:9).

Someone with a sore throat should busy himself with Torah, as it is said, `and chains about your neck' (ibid.).

Someone with stomach pains should busy himself with Torah, as it is said, `it shall be health to your navel' (ibid. 3:8).

Someone with aching bones should busy himself with Torah, as it is said, `and marrow to your bones' (ibid.).

And if his whole body is aching, he should busy himself with Torah, as it is said (ibid. 4:22), `and health to all his flesh'" (Eruvin ibid.).

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