Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Connected Eyes

The eyes are the portal to the innermost chambers of the soul. Even if a person is in a crowded area, if his eyes meet with those of a close friend whom he has not seen in many years a feeling of closeness instantaneously envelops them. Suddenly, the distance has been bridged through the connection of souls.

While saying the words “Kadosh, kadosh, kadosh,” Ashkenazim have the custom to lift their eyes towards the heavens. At that moment, it is as if the eyes of man and G-d meet, and it is a sense of great closeness between a Jew and his Creator. Hashem holds onto his Royal Throne, mentions the merits of the Jewish people, and hastens their redemption (Mishna Berura 125,5).

Looking Hashem straight in the eyes (as it were), is an experience of sublime kedusha, and some poskim advise that during this time one should keep his eyes closed (Taz 125,1). Others argue that one should keep his eyes open during this moment of intimacy. Most Ashkenazim follow the opinion that the eyes are open, while Sephardim keep them closed (Mishna Berura 125,6).


Text Copyright © 2011 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON PESACH AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Worth the Struggle
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

Lag B'Omer & The Big Picture
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

The Passover Order
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

ArtScroll

Sipur Yetzias Mitzrayim: Once Upon a Time…
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

Liberate Yourself!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

Good ‘Till the Last Drop
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Exodus - What Does it Mean to Be Free?
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5765

In the Heart of “This Night”
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770

Cyclical Celebrations
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

15 Steps To Freedom
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

Passover Never Passes Over
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5762

Break Free!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

> How Do We Approach This Child?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

Lag B'Omer
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

The Students of Rabbi Akiva
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

You and Your Sons
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information