Thursday, September 27, 2012

Clothing - BOOK TWO


1. Through [telling] stories of Tzaddikim, the light of Mashiach is drawn into the world, much darkness and troubles are dispelled from the world, and one also merits having attractive clothing.

2. One who is accustomed to cursing, through this he will not have clothes for Shabbat.

3. One who always beautifies his legs with fine garments, for example, wearing ostentatious shoes or pants, through this he comes to deceive others.

4. One who is negligent (disrespectful) in the commandment of tzitzit does not merit burial.

5. One who makes clothing for his friend can change his friend's will in any way he wants, both materially and spiritually.

6. When a man dresses in his father’s clothes, through this it is easy for him to practice his father’s traits.

7. “Come eat my food and drink…” Mishlei 9:5 -- the initials of the Hebrew words in this verse spell Lulav (palm branch). "…from the wine…" (adding four for the letters of the word) has the same gematria (numerical value)) as the initials of Etrog, Hadas, Arava (citron, myrtle, willow). [The word] “Masachti—I mixed…” – is an aspect of Sukkot (in that the words share the same root letters). [Thus we derive that] through the mitzvah of taking the Four Species and through [dwelling in] the Sukkah, a man merits to have food, drink and clothing, and also that his soul will receive life-force. Through the sukkah one merits to have clothing, an aspect of "When I put clouds as his garment." (Iyov 38:9) Through the willow one merits beverage, through the myrtle one merits to vitalize the soul, and through the lulav and the etrog one merits eating, for they have fruits, which are types of food.

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