Friday, March 10, 2006

To Encourage us to Dance!

The Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her in dance with timbrels. And Miriam chanted for them: Sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously/Horse and Driver He has hurled into the sea.
Shemot 15:20-21

Sarah was often ill. (Rebbe Nachman’s daughter) Her suffering deeply pained the Rebbe, who often spoke of it. Once the Rebbe came to visit, and found her greatly distressed by a toothache. “Even if it is difficult, you must force yourself to be happy,” the Rebbe told her. Then he explained that by vividly imagining being joyous, she could come to experience true joy -- so much so that she would wish to dance. Through this, she would be cured. Sarah took her father's advice to heart. Closing the shutters of her house, she began to dance. Before long, the pain had disappeared (Until the Moshiach, p. 334).

By moving about or dancing, you can awaken feelings of happiness inside yourself.
~~~Rebbe Nachman m’Breslov

The righteous women who left Egypt were so confident that G-d would perform miracles, that they took tambourines into the desert. So, too, with the final Redemption, the righteous women must -- and certainly do -- trust so completely in the imminent Redemption, that they will begin immediately in the last moments of exile, to play music and dance for the Redemption.
(The Lubavitcher Rebbe, 13 Shvat, 5752-1992)

It was the woman who accepted the Torah first at Mount Sinai, and, it was the womans heroic efforts in Egypt that ignited our deliverance. And once again, it will be the woman's song and dance that will lead us into the swing of Moshiach. (

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