24 Iyar 5783 – 15 May 202
“The soul of a person loves to feel. It yearns not only for feelings of happiness but even for melancholy and tearful feelings. A person will listen to horror stories and watch violent horrifying scenes which actually bring him to tears, just so he will be able to feel. Emotion is the food of the soul; it is as much of a need of the soul as food is to the body. A person who fulfills this need with emotional prayer and study is nourishing the soul correctly. Prayer and study without emotion will leave a vacuum that will force the soul to search for emotion anywhere, even in sinful behavior.”
R’ Kalonymous Kalman Shapira, the Piacenzer Rebbe from his Tzav V’Ziruz. (He guided Jews spiritually in the Warsaw Ghetto and was later martyred during the Holocaust).
By Rabbi Michael Skobac
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