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

Email this article to a friend

Looking in the Eyes

The Zohar discusses another important attribute of the eyes. “The forehead, face, eyes, lips and palms all contain signs of one’s spiritual level. Someone who knows how to read them can tell everything about another person’s personality” (Zohar, Yisro 78a).

The Arizal was fluent in reading these signs. He could immediately recognize someone’s transgressions. For that reason many people were terrified to stand in front of him.

We should be particularly cognizant of this when standing before Hashem during tefillah. What a disgrace to stand before the King carrying a written testimony of one’s transgressions! Is there any way that we can erase these signs from at least part of our body?

The Arizal reveals that the secret of erasing this mysterious writing from one’s forehead lies in one’s eyes. He says that tears shed in the midst of even a single moment of sincere prayer should be wiped across one’s brow. These tears have the power to cleanse the offending marks and remove those badges of shame (Siddur Arizal as cited in the Elef LeMagen 582,46; Reishis Chochmah 9,7).


Text Copyright © 2014 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and Torah.org


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

Positive Speech Builds a Brighter World
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

When the Illegitimate Becomes Legitimate
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

Understanding the Faith of Noach
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Miracles Can Happen Slowly
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5764

From Life
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Choosing Sides
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Wasted Tragedy
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5762

New Beginnings
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Improving Our Own World
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

> Never Underestimate the Power of Prayer
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

The Best Policy
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

The World is a Symphony
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

ArtScroll

Saved From a Rainy Day
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

If it Hurts, Scream!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

Gevuros and History
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5763

Unity With Caution
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766



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