Revach L'Neshama RSS feed for - Section: SHABBOS Category:ZEMIROS Copyright 2007, Revach L'Neshama en-US Revach L'Neshama Logo 144 31 Tue, 07 Dec 2021 03:00:00 +0000 240 The Chozeh Of Lublin & The Story Behind The Sanzer "LaKeil Asher Shavas"
The descendants of Ropshitz and Sanz sing a special tune to the Tefila in Birchas Krias Shema, LaKeil Asher Shavas.  This Nigun came from the Chozeh of Lublin and the Sefer Otzar HaChaim brings the following story regarding its origin.

One Friday night at his tisch, the Chozeh of Lublin had his eyes closed and appeared to be in different world, even more so than his usual Friday night Dveykus.  His body was present but his mind and spirit seemed worlds away.  

Suddenly in the midst of this, the Chozeh began to sing a beautiful otherworldly tune that no one recognized.  The Chasidim around him bent over to listen and their hearts melted from the sweetness of this tune.  The Chozeh then finished singing and slowly came to, regaining his consciousness. 

At that point his close talmid, Rav Naftoli of Rupshitz asked him what happened.  The Chozeh said that during the Seudas Shabbos my dveykus carried me to worlds far away.  Suddenly I heard the singing of Malachim in the Pamalya Shel Maala.  Tens of thousands of Malachim were singing LaKeil Asher Shavas in a tune so sweet that a mere mortal cannot fathom.  I stayed there and listened.  The visions that I saw and the sounds that I heard brought me to state of Dveykus that I almost could not come back.

Suddenly an old man approached me and screamed at me, "Have you forgotten that you still haven't said Birchas HaMazon?"  At that point I immediately awoke and I started Birchas HaMazon.  This nigun that you heard me sing is the nigun I heard from the Malachim.

Until today this heavenly nigun can still be heard in the shuls of Rupshitz and Sanz.  And everyone who hears it feels the pure heavenly spirit that hovers over it.

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Making Early Shabbos, Does It Make Hashem Happy? In the zemer Kol Mikadesh Shevi'i on Friday night, we sing HaMiacharim Latzais Min HaShabbos U'Mimaharim Lavo."  The Michaber praises Am Yisroel's love and attachment to Shabbos demonstrated in out lingering before ending Shabbos, and rushing to greet it when it comes in.  All the Meforshim ask, why is the order reversed, shouldn't it first say we greet Shabbos early on Friday, and end late on Motza'ei Shabbos?

The Rinas Yaakov answers that when we draw out the Shabbos and end it well into the night it is a clear sign that we love Shabbos and do want to part ways with it.  We want to remain in its warm embrace as long as we can, and we are not rushing out.  But when we bring in Shabbos early it may indeed be because of a yearning for Shabbos and our desire to bring down its heavenly radiance even before its time.  However it may also be because we are tired and do not want to have a very late meal during the long days of the summer.  We may want to get to bed early rather than get to Shabbos.

Therefore the Michaber proves Klal Yisroel's love for Shabbos first by speaking of our lengthening of an already long afternoon just to keep Shabbos with us.  Only after proving our true intentions do we boast about making early Shabbos as a way of showing Kavod for the Shechina, and not our sleep time.

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Shalom Aleichem... Tzeis'chem L'Shalom - Where Is Everyone Going? We come home from Shul Friday night escorted by Malachim.  In their honor we sing Shalom Aleichem Malachei HaShares as we welcome them.  Another reason given for this song is that on Erev Shabbos the Satan tries very hard to wreck the Shabbos before it begins and it typically is a day filled with rising tensions.  We therefore call in the Malachim to settle things down.

There are four stanzas to Shalom Aleichem but not everyone was noheg to say all of them.  For example the Vilna Gaon was said not to say Borchuni L'Shalom because we don't ask Malachim for a Bracha.  The greatest controversy surrounds the last stanza which is Tzeis'chem L'Shalom.  Why are we sending the Malachim out?  The fact is that many Gedolim omitted this stanza because of this very question.  They include the Chasam Sofer, the Divrei Chaim, the Satmar Rov, and others.  But many people do say it.

Rav Yaakov Emden attempts to answer by saying that since we are about to eat a Seudah and we don't always act perfectly during a meal, we prefer the Malachim leave in peace then leave later out in disgust.  Others say since Malachim don't eat, it is simply not nice to have them stand around as we eat.  The Lev Simcha answers that Tosfos in Sanhedrim says that the Malachim don't say Shira on Shabbos so we ask them to leave before we start singing so as not to embarrass them.

Rav Tzadok famously answers that Shabbos we are Choson and Kallah with Hashem.  At the start of Shabbos the Malachim come to joint the festivities of the Chasuna.  When we eat, it is our time of Yichud with Hashem.  When the Choson and Kallah go to the Yichud room all the guest leave them.  We are so beloved to Hashem, more so than all the Malachim, they simply cannot be in our threshold when we reach elevated levels kedusha that Shabbos brings between us and our Beloved!

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Early Shabbos & Late Havdala I was once in a shul that had a sign on the wall with the zmanim that read as follows.  Latest Zman Krias Shema...  Latest Zman Tefila...  Earliest Motza'ei Shabbos...!

In the Zemer, Kol Mikadesh Shevi'i, that we sing Friday night we say "HaMiacharim Latzeis Min HaShabbos UMimaharim Lavo".  We show our love for Hashem by saying that we delay in parting with Shabbos and we hurry towards Shabbos.  All the Meforshim ask that the order is reversed.  First it should say we run towards Shabbos and then it should say we delay its departure.

The Rinas Yaakov answers that the whole purpose of extending Shabbos in both directions is to show Hashem how attached we are to the Kedusha of Shabbos.  When we extend Shabbos into Motza'ei Shabbos it clear that we love Shabbos and don't want it to end.  However when we take on Shabbos early, it is possible that it is not our love for Shabbos but other ulterior motives that are driving us to make early Shabbos.  Maybe we want to put the week behind us, or we don't want to wait to the late hour on a summer Shabbos for it to get dark.  Maybe we want to get a good night sleep or we are hungry for our chicken soup and potato kugel.

On Shabbos we sing to Hashem telling him, look we delay Shabbos because we love the kedusha.  This proves that our hurrying towards Shabbos the next week is for the same holy and pure reason.  We want Kedushas Shabbos now!

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 03:00:00 +0000