7th of Tevet, December 24, 2009
“My soul is shattered with yearning for Your ordinances
always (Psalm 119:20).” The
psalmist’s use of the word “shattering” is odd; surely, the word “consumed”
would be the more appropriate. The
psalmist is teaching us a valuable lesson. When one is consumed, one is filled to the brim with
yearning for G-D’s commandments.
The word “shattered” implies breaking one’s boundaries, going beyond the
limits imposed by one’s soul. When
one experiences a soul-shattering moment, one’s soul is never the same. The soul transcends its former limits,
and breaks forth to attain a greater understanding and appreciation of G-D’s
laws. The psalmist
experiences a yearning so profound that his soul shatters and must reconfigure
to incorporate his enhanced appreciation and love for G-D’s Torah.
Copyright, 2009 Rachel Lerner