Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, contains all days and gives life to all days.
On this day the heart is quieted.
Our desire is for God alone.
All kinds of disputes, spiritual or material, are resolved.
Peace comes bringing happiness and joy.
—Likutey Eitzos, The Advice Book
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov makes a chain from five links of the inner Yom Kippur experience.
The first insight the Rebbe gives us is one of wonder: he tells us that the holy fast day of Yom Kippur is so charged with vitality that it actually gives life to all the other days. On this dynamic day our heart, however, is quieted, subdued. The lifeblood pumping heart is may be gentled, but the day itself gives life.
Feelings of the Heart
In popular culture when the heart pumps most fiercely, it is celebrated in music, art, and literature. The nations’ hearts spark and flare over intimate relationships, politics, war, and sports. Passion, intensity, and desire are admired. The general world ethos of the role of the heart fuels a multi-billion dollar music industry, from indie to Latin to opera, not to mention other art, entertainment, team sports, politics, and war.
Judaism values the the intense feelings of the heart, but in the form of Continue reading