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

Email this article to a friend

Leaping Souls: Understanding the Halachos and Customs of Kedusha

Heavenly Bound

The Kotzker Rebbe once explained the quest for holiness in this world with the following parable: Hashem has fashioned a ladder that reaches from Heaven to earth, and souls descend this ladder from the upper world to this world. The moment a soul reaches earth, however, the ladder is withdrawn; yet a heavenly voice summons the soul to climb back up to Heaven.

Some souls give up immediately. Since there is no ladder, they ask, how will they ever succeed in getting back up to Heaven? Other souls begin to jump towards Heaven, even without a ladder — but they too despair when they do not succeed after a number of leaps. Still other souls say to themselves, “Since there is no ladder, we are certainly obligated to leap and leap until at last G-d will have mercy on us and lift us up to Him” (Leaping Souls p. 138).

Perhaps no prayer better expresses our longing to return to our Heavenly home than Kedusha. We stand with our feet together as if we were angels and rise repeatedly to the tips of our toes in a leaping fashion, demonstrating our desire to get closer to Hashem.

Let us investigate some of the halachos and customs of this tefilla, in order that we may reach the threshold of the Heavens during our prayers.


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


 

ARTICLES ON TETZAVEH AND PURIM:

View Complete List

Remembering Amalek
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

Searching for Haman
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Our Story is History
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Divine Reflections
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5772

Sanctifying Through The Physical
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

Drawing Close to... You
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5763

> Celebrate With Your Whole Self
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758

Parashas Zochor: Doomsday Amalek
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5768

Anywhere Else?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5771

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Megillah - Don't Look Back
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

The Hidden Essence
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5762

Garment Atonement
Shlomo Katz - 5762

ArtScroll

Purim's Coming! Yay! Let's All Be Humble!
Rabbi Yaakov Feldman - 5766

The Stamp Of G-d
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

Moshe Unmentioned
Shlomo Katz - 5758

Delving into the Megila
- 5774



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