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Tzava'at Harivash 20

Tzava'at Harivash 20

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Embrace the trait of zerizut (alacrity) very much. Rise from your sleep with alacrity, because you have been renewed and became a different person that is capable to beget, analogous to the attribute of the Holy One, blessed be He, begetting worlds. 1 Whatever you do should be done with alacrity, for you can serve God with everything. 2

Footnotes
1.
When man rises from sleeping he is like a new being, as it is written “They are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23). With the renewed energy, he is able to cause new effects in all realms by means of his worship of God with Torah and mitzvot. This is regarded as “begetting” new things, analogous to the Almighty “begetting” (bringing about) all the worlds (cf. Tikunei Zohar 69:104a and 105b). Consciousness of this ability should cause one to rise and act with alacrity.
2.
The mystics note that laziness, indolence, is rooted in evil, in the realm of impurity. It is evidence of disinterest, and prevents man from worshipping God (cf. below, sect. 116). Zerizut (alacrity), on the other hand, indicates a desire of the soul and heart to act for the love of God. Thus it is one of the advanced levels on the ladder of spiritual perfection (cf. Avodah Zara 20b and its parallel passages).
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