#32: It's All About the HEART (LEV)!

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By Rabbi Yosef Edelstein. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

In traditional Jewish wisdom, every letter of the Hebrew alphabet corresponds to a number. Many profound insights can be derived through connecting words and verses in the Torah that share the same numerical value--a method of textual interpretation known as "gematria." Well, when I happened to notice that this would be my 32nd episode since first launching this podcast back in November of 2020, I thought immediately of the Hebrew word, "lev," that has the numerical value of...32. I decided I had to seize the opportunity, and devote episode # 32 to examining the crucial importance of lev (heart) in our service of G-d as Jews (and human beings). "The Merciful One desires the heart," as our Sages famously teach, meaning that G-d wants us not just to mechanically perform mitzvot (commandments) with our limbs, or ritualistically utter words of prayer or blessing with our lips , but to have a sincere inner motivation to draw ourselves close to Him--and to elevate ourselves and the world--THROUGH those actions and words. And to do them with the greatest attention possible...with all our heart (lev)! So have a heart...and give episode #32 a listen!

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