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|Torah Learning and Tikunim|
|Written by Tzvi Fishman|
|Tuesday, 03 February 2009|
I think your emphasis on the importance of “Shovavim” (6 straight weeks beginning with the Torah reading of Shmot - mid-January) with its fasts and tikunim [rectifications] is off the mark. Regarding a person who has an accidental emission of semen (keri) on the night of Yom Kippur, the Mishna Berurah states that the rectification is to increase Torah study and good deeds, that if the person was accustomed to learning a page of Gemara a day, he should now learn two. Why do you make such a big deal over Kabbalistic prayers that the Mishna Berurah doesn’t even mention?
The elder Kabbalist, Rabbi Eliahu Leon Levi, often answers this question with the following parable. A Torah scholar, who had learned all of the Talmud over and over ten times, passed away and went up to Heaven. Arriving at the gateway to Gan Eden, he expected an orchestra of angels to meet him, singing out the verse of Psalms “Lift up your heads, O you gates, and be lifted up you everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in (Tehillim, 24:7). Instead, the gatekeeper met him with a somber expression.
The gatekeeper nods his head.
The Torah scholar takes the binoculars, raises them to his eyes and looks. Behind him is an endless line of millions of tortured souls, yelling at him in anger.
The point is that Torah learning alone is not enough to rectify the damage caused by spilling semen in vain. Some think otherwise and rely on the saying of our sages, "Torah study atones for sin."
But, the holy treatise Reshit Chochmah by the Torah sage Rabbi Eliahu Vidash, of blessed memory, explains this concept and explains the limitations of the atonement that Torah study affords:
So we see from here that that Torah study serves to hold off punishment for sins to the Brit (until one repents through intense prayer, chanting of psalms in tears, and tikunim), but not uproot them.
For this reason, before a person learns Torah, or prays, or undertakes to perform a commandment, he should follow the advice of the Tzaddikim and first have in his mind to repent over the sins of his youth (transgressions to the Brit,) and then his learning, his prayers, and his mitzvoth will be pleasing and acceptable to Hashem (See also Taharat HaKodesh, Introduction to Tikun HaYesod prayer, By Rabbi Aharon Rota).
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