I heard from R' Naftali Jeger, R"Y of Sho'r Yoshuv, in the name of Rav Hutner, that on Yov Tov a person can receive amazing aliyah in Torah and ruchniyus. When a person finds himself in such a position, why think small? You have to seize the opportunity -- reach for the stars and aspire for the most lofty ideals and ideas, as represented by the ma'aseh merkava. Don't let the Yom Tov go to waste!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
what is the ma'aseh merkava doing in mes. chagiga?
It is said in the name of the GR"A (R' Tzadok also has it in many places) that every aggadita in sha"s fits exactly to the masechta it is placed in. The description of the churban habayis appears in Mes. Gittin, because at the time of churban we became k'almanah, waiting for Hashem to take us back. The aggadita that speaks of mattan Torah appears in Mes. Shabbos because according to all opinions the Torah was given on Shabbos and relates to the day of Shabbos. Why does the topic of ma'aseh merkava, the mystical vision of the Heavens as shown to Yechezkel haNavi, which is incomprehensible except for those on a very high spiritual level, appear in Mes. Chagigah, which deals with aliya la'regel and Tom Tov?