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Secret of Brit Book - Chapter 5: Rectify The Brit II
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Tuesday, 09 May 2006

The Road To Rectification

10. The Bedtime Shema

The Arizal writes that the thoughtful, heartfelt recital of the three paragraphs of the Shema Yisrael prayer (Kriat Shema al HaMitah ) before retiring to sleep is a powerful tikun for rectifying transgressions to the Brit. Most prayer books contain the Bedtime Shema along with the Tehillim and verses that accompany it. All of these contain erudite Kaballistic codes and formulas specifically designed to rectify the souls that have fallen into the realm of impurity through the spilling of semen in vain. This is true with each of the four recitals of the Shema in the course of the day. If in the past, we made personal pleasure our master, in reciting the Shema and accepting the yoke of G-d’s Kingship, we make Him our Master instead. If in the past, we lived for our personal pleasure, when we read the Shema with the willingness to sacrifice our lives for the sake of G-d's Name, we bring about a great sanctification and rectification of all of the worlds and the souls that we damaged.
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