15 February 2008

The Eyes are a Gateway to The Neshoma . . .

IF ONE HAS "KOSHER" EYES HE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE LOFTY THINGS . . .THAT THE EYES NORMALLY CAN'T SEE. (Likutei Mohoran 254)

When the Reb Yaakov Yitzchok of Lublin was a student he used to walk with his eyes closed, so he wouldn't see what he shouldn't. People went over to his Rebbe and asked what kind of foolishness this was, but the Rebbe told them to leave Yaakov Yitzchok alone.

When he reached of age a fine shidduch was found for him. He did not look at his kallah until the wedding, as he had no need to see her until the wedding. At the wedding, he opened his eyes to see his soon to be wife, and saw a graven image on her face. He immediately told his father that the wedding has to be called off. They were, understandably, very angry at him. The girl supposedly had all the qualities anyone would want. But, he knew what he saw on the girls face and had no choice, but to call off the wedding.

From all those years of not looking at anything improper he was able to see things that the regular eye couldn't perceive. The rest is history. He found a proper match and went on to be called the Chozeh, the Seer, because he could see from one end of the world to the other, due to his protecting his eyes from seeing the forbidden.

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SHAAS RACHAMIM

There is a kabalah passed down from the Vilna Gaon , which is also said by Reb Ahron Roth .

If one comes across a forbidden sight, and conquers his yetzer hara and doesn't look, it is a shaas rachamim, a time of mercy from Heaven, and whatever one davens for at that time is mesugal to be accepted.

Similarly, R' Yehudah Tzadka related that one of the big Rabbonim asked the Baba Sali zt”l why his own tefilos were not answered, but when the Baba Sali davened, the Baba Sali is answered? Baba Sali zt"l answered: "because I guard my eyes and mouth".
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