Introduction to, Glimpse of Light

 

 

One of the greatest gems in our vast library of Torah sefarim today is the Tanach. Many overlook its greatness with so many spiritual and practical books available to study. It is the Tanach that contains the most secrets and is the source of all halachos. To uncover and appreciate it has been the goal of all sages for generations since the giving of the Torah. As these sages managed to uncover some of the gems of its wisdom, the further they seemed to be from concurring it. Regarding this, it’s stated, “Its measure is broader than the earth and wider than the sea. (Job 11:9, Psalms 119:96) This being the case, I soon realized that there could be no end to such a sefer; so instead, I had decided to just let us take a glimpse at the light of her and reopen some of the wisdom she contains.

 

One pusuk in Tanach can mean something different to each person depending on the root of their individual soul. I divided this sefer into eighteen popular subjects, each containing eighteen gems of wisdom. Every chapter is designed to touch any person no matter where the root of their soul is. It is our intention that each person should feel an opening of light in a world full of darkness.

 

Our sages said, “A passage from Scripture can yield many means, just as a hammer splits one rock into many fragments.”(Sanhedrin 34a) Picking up some of these fragments has been a tremendous learning experience for me and it has showed me how the source of all wisdom stems from the light of Tanach. It was my own personal goal to take a step back and connect the wisdom I have learned from the sages and apply it to Tanach. Seeking to uncover these gems, I used my knowledge of the teachings of the Midrash, Talmud and Chassidus to give my own chiddushim, explanations, of these selected pasukim. 

 

It was the way of Rav Zusya of Hanipoli that when he didn’t understand something, he would go to a private room and cry until Hashem said enough, opening his mind to the understanding he desired. There were many instances where I too had no idea how to open the hidden light in a pusuk and it was during these moments that I cried out to Hashem in prayer that the wisdom should be opened for me. Other times, I found that being stubborn and refusing to leave my place until I understood the pusuk, managed to open doors for me I had never known existed.

 

Generations ago, even the simplest Jew when he read the hagadah on Pesach, felt that he was building bricks and was being beaten by the Egyptians. When the Torah mentioned the going out of Egypt, he felt as if he was traveling in the desert. The trouble with our learning today is that we don’t take ourselves back to the time period that our learning took place. Rav Kalonymus Kalmish once said, “When you learn Tanach, try to identify with all the happenings as if you yourself were there at the time. Go with Avraham and Yitzchok to the binding of Yitzchok on the alter; involve yourself in the anguish and fear of Yakkov when he prayed to Hashem to save him from the wrath of his brother Esav. (Hachsharat ha-Abrechim, chapt. 7, p.33) To understand some of the pasukim, I had to time travel to the appropriate date of the event. Other times, I had to travel into the future to understand how we as a nation would feel during such a revelation of G-Dliness. Little by little, I received an understanding in which I could give over to you.

 

Where it not for the great sages who had come before us, the light of Tanach would be closed to us, due to our low level of purity. Since they have traveled these roads before us, the light is much more in a revealed state. May it be Hashem’s will that the light of the Torah be open before us in this important time period before the final redemption. I pray that this sefer should open your hearts and minds to new ideas, answers you may not have known existed. Thank you, Hashem for all your help in making this second writing project become a reality.