Monday, May 21, 2007

tikun leil shavuos=ta'aroch lefanei shulchan

I noticed a local shule has printed on its flier with its schedule of shiurim for tikun leil shavuos a quote from the Belzer Rebbe, R’ Shalom, that the roshei teivos of ta’aroch lifanei shulchan is the same as tikun leil shavuos, meaning one can be achieve the same tikunim through eating as though one’s learning – of course, refreshments will be served all night. I am not a chassid, but I am willing to grant that perhaps the Rebbe R’ Sar Shalom could accomplish with his eating cheesecake the same tikkunim I accomplish with my learning. But that I can accomplish with my eating cheesecake the same as with my learning – that I can’t believe!

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  1. Here is part of something I posted:

    Someone was sitting by the Tish of Reb Yisroel of Ruzhin, Shavuos night, thinking to himself that he should really be in the Beis Medrash learning Tikkun Keil Shavuos. The Rizhiner perceived what this individual was thinking with his ruach hakodesh and said the first letters of “tarich lifonei shulchon” (set before Me a table) are the same as Tikun Leil Shavuos. The man understood the message. This story could be understood through another story.

    The Rizhiner ate very little, just enough to sustain him. One time, when they were reciting Birchas Hamazon, someone said to his friend that the Rebbe really isn’t allowed to bentch, because he ate less then an olive sized piece of bread. (Torah law requires one to be fully satisfied, but the Rabonon said that one should bentch on even an olive sized piece of bread.) The Rizhiner perceived the thoughts of this man and said that although the general law is that one bentches after eating an olive sized piece of bread, according to Torah law one bentches when they are satisfied on any amount of bread, and he is fully satisfied with a small piece. (I heard something very similar in the name of the Chasam Sofer.) We can see how lofty was the simple eating of the holy Rizhiner, he ate exactly what he needed, with all the proper thoughts. Now we can understand what he meant by saying that “tarich lifonei shulchon” has the same first letters as Tikun Leil Shavuos.