Reflections on Jewish Spirituality and Mystical Thought
Comments from FaceBook: * ZYP: thank you! * Choni Elchonon Kihleel: With pleasure. Have a delicious Tu B'Shvat ! * ZYP: amen vchen lemar - do u ever look atv the chasam sofer? * BN: It is a beautiful tribute to the ETZ CHAIM. * Choni Elchonon Kihleel: That's exactly what I was thinking of. This poem was largely inspired by the Torah teachings of Rabbi Tzodok HaCohen of Lublin on Tu B'Shvat (from his work Pri-Tzaddik). In these Torah teachings he references the Garden of Eden and Tree of Life a lot. * Choni Elchonon Kihleel: To ZYP, I haven't yet had the pleasure of learning Chasam Sofer. Probably, because he mostly writes on Halachah and in the practical sense the styles of day to day Pesak Halachah I follow are more directly from other sources - like Mishna B'rura, Shulchan Auruch HaRav Igros Moshe and Kitzur Shulchan Auruch. However, B"H it's not too late to start studying Chasam Sofer. I'm curious, what brought you to ask me that question? * AM: Thank you ♥♥♥ * ZYP: i had wondered in parshas Bo - by the karbnan Pesach ... where the passuk says ... by a ger ... himol lo kol zachar ... so i was wondering what it referred to ? was it a toshav or a tzedek - it does not seem to make sense if it is talking ...about a Tzedek then his kids from before r not his and his kids post gerus would of course have mila... if it is talking about toshav then it already says vichol arel lo yochal... anyhow someone told me that the chasam Sofer wrote that he was very bothered by the question ... so if you were familiar with it i was going to ask u to perhaps tell me what he says....See More * SB: nice poem * MB: ♥☮ שָׁלוֹם ॐ www.holisticrabbi.com * AH: Beautiful. * Choni Elchonon Kihleel To ZYP: I wish I had the answer for you. If you manage to get to the answer please share with me what the Chasam Sofer concluded and how he arrived at his conclusion. Now you got me curious, in a nice way. * Rebbetzin Oh Choni. I saw this on your page the other day and meant to comment. It is beautiful. I especially like the lines "From his raging fires of desire/ Our souls reach for new heights." Wow! * Choni Elchonon Kihleel Thank you Rebbetzin for enjoying. Really knowing how someone enjoyed my poem, makes the effort all worth it ! It's a special pleasure one gets from giving - which is even deeper and more wholesome than the pleasure one gets from receiving. * Rebbetzin: You have quite a talent with words. (And I taught creative writing for 15 ish yrs so.) * BL: Thanks, for sharing. There's alot of heart and soul regarding your poetry...beautifully said. Bren * Choni Elchonon Kihleel: To Rebbetzin, I think creative writing is the only secular art form I was taught in Yeshiva. However, I meant that "tongue and cheek". Being an avid reader, over the years I paid attention to how writers put their words together. * Choni Elchonon Kihleel: To Bren, I regard my poetry as sharing with others from my inner depth. My hope is to reach a reader's inner depth. The idea that I might make this soul to soul connection inspires me to write beautifully!