A Joyful Giving Of The Torah Holiday

Dr. Michael LaitmanThe first decision to accept the mutual guarantee is on Shavuot. Shavuot is the name of the holiday from the perspective of the vessels as we gradually correct ourselves in the 50 days between Pesach and Shavuot, which are called the counting of the Omer (bundle).

Omer means connections. During these 50 days we collect ourselves as much as we can and clarify what we can correct and what we cannot. After we collect all the deficiencies, on the 50th day, we decide what we can do with it.

Every day we ask for correction in one of the Sefirot and bless it. On the whole there are 7 x 7 = 49 Sefirot that make up the connection between us: between Malchut and Bina. On the 50th day we already have our corrected vessel, our connected desire, and we are able to receive the Light that Reforms.

Thus we become one man, one vessel, and instead of the Light that corrects and reforms, the Light enters us as a filling. This is the beginning of receiving of the Torah.

The holiday of the giving of the Torah, Shavuot, symbolizes all that. It is a very important, great, and special holiday. There isn’t a more joyful holiday for Israel than the day of receiving of the Torah.

But people don’t regard this holiday as importantly as they should; they only know that it’s customary to eat dairy products. This holiday is also called the holiday of harvest, the first harvest. The Creator gives us the Torah just like cows give us milk.

But the nation of Israel living in the land of Israel, as a corporeal branch of the spiritual root, must understand the true meaning of the giving of the Torah. There is no greater holiday. Of course the exodus from Egypt is the starting point, but all this is the preparation for receiving the Torah.

It makes no difference that we received the first two stone tablets with the ten commandments and that we broke them. It is through this that the sparks of Torah penetrate our vessels because these vessels are still mixed with the vessels of the Egyptians, and so we make the golden calf. Later we receive the second tablets on Yom Kippur, and after the holidays, we reach Purim. This is how the year ends. Let’s hope that we can at least start this process that will be completed only at the end of correction.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/3/14, Shamati #66 “The Giving of the Torah”

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