Touching God’s Heart
What has the power to save us even when all seems lost? What remains intact no matter what we experience and where we travel? No matter how far or low we have wandered?
It’s one thing and one thing only: Love.
We and God are beloveds. But sometimes we don’t feel the love. Every Jew owns and breathes the Torah. But like breathing, sometimes we forget that we do it.
Simchat Torah reminds us, and thus we dance like we have never danced before.
A poetic Zohar on the verse in Song of Songs captures the sentiment. We ask God, Place me like a seal upon Your heart. For a seal leaves an indelible impression, even once it is removed. Even if the seal itself may travel far and wide from the heart, the impression and love always remains.
On Simchat Torah we read the end and beginning of the Torah. The last and first letters of the Torah are lamed and bet, spelling lev, “heart.”
So tell me, when the sealing of the Torah is placed upon God’s heart, how could we not dance?
As a heartfelt story of Rabbi Meir of Premishlan demonstrates, when we are joyous on Simchat Torah, anything is possible – even outwitting heaven itself!
So clutch that Torah as tight as you can: It is your most powerful life-saver.