Sukkot Joy

Apropos of Sukkot, an abridged rendition of Likutey Moharan II, Lesson #81

When a person cheers himself with the joy of mitzvah, and the joy is so great that it reaches down to his feet—i.e., he dances for joy—this concept is called “we will bring home a heart of wisdom” (Psalms 90:12).

The feet are Netzach and Hod, the prophets. They ascend to the concept of the heart through the heart’s joy, because the joy elevates them. This is dancing—that one “picks up” his feet.

So when one studies Torah or performs a mitzvah with such great joy that the joy reaches down to his feet and he raises them up—this lifts up all who support Torah, who are called “supporters of truth.”

Evil speech is called ReGeL (foot), as in (Psalms 15:2), “He that did not RaGaL (slander) with his mouth.” It, too, is raised up. A person can also be raised by money, which is called “foot,” as it is written, “and all the subsistence at their feet” (Deuteronomy 11:6).

Faith, too, is called “foot.” As our Sages, of blessed memory, taught: Chabakkuk came and stood them on one… (Makkot 24a).

And you thought being b’simcha (happy) was just a nice idea.

© Copyright 2011 Breslov Research Institute

Author: Ozer Bergman

Ozer Bergman is an editor for the Breslov Research Institute, a spiritual coach, and author of Where Earth and Heaven Kiss: A Practical Guide to Rebbe Nachman's Path of Meditation.

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  1. chazak! rebbe nachman discusses “and yaakov lifted his feet”…saying his heart lifted his feet. (lm)

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    • Oh, psaele! This is absolute shtuyot. And just in time for the goyish Purim, no less. But whoever wrote it isn’t bright enough to know that goyim don’t do satire for their dress-up holiday! Anyone who would take this seriously must be missing their brains, lol!!!

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