Chassidut of Rosh HaShana
The Kedushat Levy, Rabbi Levy Yitzchak of Berditchev, was renowned especially for his love of Israel, but he also was a great master of Chasidic thought. His classic work is both erudite and inspiring; a perfect combination for the month of Elul. In this course we will study the Kedushat Levy’s Drasha (lecture) on Rosh Hashanah and gain inspiration for our prayers.
Chassidut of Rosh HaShana: Lesson 1
Kedushat Levy: Fathers and sons, Teachers, and Students, God and Israel: Straight from the teachings of his teacher, the Maggid of Mezerich, Rav Levy Yitzchak begins his drasha by explaining a passage in Tehilim.Hanoten l’yam darek…How does one find a pathway through the infinite sea without having someone lead the way? The everflow from the Holy One at this particular time enhances the words of our prayers, and our learning so that more of Him is revealed.
Chassidut of Rosh HaShana: Lesson 2
Speech, mercy, compassion, and the nose knows…: Rav Levy Yitzchak in his succinct fashion makes the Ari’s Kabbalah accessible, and applicable to the Days of Rosh Hashanah. What is the function of these Divine qualities? Rav Chesed (abundant compassion) which is necessary but not sufficient and Rachum (mercy) which is critical to the attachment and connection between humanity and the Divine. It will be slow going tonight, but well worth the effort. Hope to see you all…
Chassidut of Rosh HaShana: Lesson 3