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BAS Rabbi's Message

Message from Rabbi Daniel Stein

June, 2012

Over the last few years, a few people have asked me about the study of kabbalah—what we might call in English Jewish Mysticism. Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the great rabbis of the twentieth century and heir to a great rabbinic dynasty, eschewed the term “mysticism” as a definition of kabbalah in favor of “theology.” As a discipline, theology is concerned with the nature of the divine—it seeks to answer the question “what is God?” This question was, for the kabbalists of the Middle Ages, the greatest concern. How can we, in terms we are able to grasp, describe and understand God?

Unlike Maimonides, who believed that God could only be described in negative terms (God does not have a body, God does not intervene in the freewill of man, etc.), these rabbis believed that appreciation of God could begin through a contemplation of God's attributes. God's attributes —grace, splendor, justice, mercy—coexist and intermingle, forming a dynamic God highly responsive to humanity in the world. These rabbis believed that humanity had both the unique ability and responsibility to impact the God in the world and affect change in the divine. Through our actions, they taught, we can influence God. If we observe a lack of mercy in our world, our own acts of mercy cause mercy from God. By pursuing justice as a virtue, we cause God's attribute of justice to be more strongly felt in the world.

The kabblists also taught that the fulfillment of particular rituals could have a special impact on God. We see the impact of this belief today among Chabad hassidim, who believe that the lighting of Shabbat candles and the wearing of Tefillin are especially beloved by God. The early kabbalists also developed unique rituals—tikkunim—that they believed could have a special impact on God. Perhaps the most famous of these is the tikkun leil shavuot, an ritual observed the evening before the Jewish festival of Shavuot.

According to an early Jewish legend, instead of being nervous or excited the evening before the giving of Torah, the Jews wandering in Egypt slept soundly. To wake them, God sent thunder and lightning at the base of Mount Sinai. As a corrective —a tikkun—to their mistake, the kabbalists adopted the custom of vigorous Torah study the evening before Shavuot. Our actions, they believed, could balance out the mistakes of our ancestors.

This year, the Eve of Shavuot falls on Saturday, May 26. Dena and I will be hosting a tikkun leil shavuo in our home at 7:30 PM. We won't keep you all night, but we will study some interesting Torah related to the holiday and ply you with cheesecake, another custom of the holiday. We hope to see you there, or at the Artisans Fair, or at our Artists-in-Residence Weekend, or at our Men's Club brunch, or even at services on Friday evening or Saturday morning! We are so fortunate to be part of such a vibrant community!

All the Best,

Rabbi Daniel Stein