In the beautiful imagery of the Zohar , the Bride and the Bridegroom, the Knesset Yisrael, and the Holy Blessed One, come to the wedding canopy on the day of Shavuot, the day of the Giving of the Torah. The previous night is spent by the companions of the Bride in studying and practicing the Torah, all through the night.
However, Rabbi Ashlag, in his tremendous teaching, the Perush haSulam on the Zohar, teaches that the essence of Shavuot and the essence of the redemption are the same. Likewise the night in which the Bride joins with Her Creator, not only refers to the night before Shavuot, but refers to the long days of exile when the forces of separation rule over us, turning us away from our Maker. Yet the Zohar teaches that it is precisely in this time of the concealment of God’s light that the souls join with the Holy Blessed One.
From the Ma’amar Leilah de Kalah, Perush haSulam, vol 1 Zohar,
With grateful thanks to Dvorah Hoffman and the chevrutas in Tsfat for enabling this learning.
“as one man with one heart”
The Children of Israel came to Mount Sinai, ready and willing to accept the Torah. We need to ask ourselves today, to what extent do we really want the Torah? For it is only the desire for the Torah that provides a suitable vessel for the Torah. Without the correct vessel, the light of the Torah, which is unceasing since the revelation on Mount Sinai, cannot be received by us.
In this talk, based on an oral talk the Baal HaSulam gave at the festive meal of Shavuot 1948, we learn what are the requirements for us too, to stand at the foot of Mount Sinai, here and now, and receive the word of God.
Listen now (about 15 mins.)
Talk taken from “Hashem Shamati Shimecha”: the oral works of the Baal HaSulam collected by Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag and the other students, collated by Rabbi Avraham Mordecai Gottlieb.
With many grateful thanks to my chevrutas Channa Glazer, Shmuel Igar Kinyan, Timna Segal, Dahlia Orlov, Shayna Falk, James Torrance and Sara Schroeder
Further talks on Shavuot
prayer in faith
The light of the Torah is one. The vessels with which we receive the light of the Torah are called the garments of the Torah. However, to access the light of the Torah we need to add in the ingredient of faith. Faith that the Torah itself can bring us back to the good way.
From an article by Rabbi Baruch Shalom Halevi Ashlag from his Sefer HaMa’amarim
Listen to podcast (13 minutes)
The ten commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai
The night is the time when we can’t see or know God’s presence He is hidden form us. Nevertheless by coming to Him through the practice of Torah and mitzvot in faith we build the relationship which becomes manifest at the final redemption.
The essence of the festival of Shavuot, the time of the giving of the Torah, with the final redemption, is elucidated by Rabbi Ashlag in his commentary, the Sulam, on this beautiful piece of Zohar.
Here is a class given by Yedidah. The Aramaic and Hebrew is presented. The translation and discussion are in English.
You can access the text of the Zohar and Perush HaSulam here
Listen to class (36 minutes)
Shavuot is the festival for the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. This energy comes around every year. So our question needs to be : How should I receive the Torah? Here is a talk based on an by Rabbi Baruch Ashlag z’l.
Listen (11 minutes) http://www.nehorapress.com/115470/audio-on-festivals#Shavuot