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Good Times with G─d
The Zohar
Rabbi Aba explains in the Zohar that there are particular times that are not favorable and blessing is not waiting to be drawn down. At those times, harsh judgment is in the world. Therefore, Aaron is told not to come at every time into the precinct of the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle but only at favorable times.
From the Eye to the Soul...and Back
The Holy Ari
Sight is an outward projection of the soul to "grasp" the image of the object being looked at. If you look at a pure thing, its goodness will cling to the soul and it will have a good effect on the one who sees it. If, on the other hand, you look at impure things, you will be adversely affected and become like what you look at.
Fragrance of Good Intentions
Mystical Classics
The Zohar states that every sin committed by man creates an accusing angel - a negative, destructive spiritual force. When, after confession, a person places his hands on the sacrificial animal he offers in expiation of his sin, he transfers this spiritually negative force to the animal to be slaughtered, whereby it is subdued and neutralized.
Favorable Judgments
Chasidic Masters
"In righteousness you shall judge your people"

The Talmud interprets this passage as referring to judging people favorably. The Baal Shem Tov further explains seeing this low thing in your friend should make you realize that you share a similar trait, and that there are judgments and accusations upon you, as well.
Yom Kippur Lottery Tickets
Contemporary Kabbalists
"Be holy, since I, G-d, am Holy."
Rashi says, "One might ask if ‘I will be like G-d?’ Therefore it says, ‘I am G-d,’ that My Holiness is above your holiness."

Holiness is the desire to give and to emanate. "Be holy:" give to others from what you have received beyond what is necessary for yourself, for this is the appropriate way for a created being to express its G-d-given holiness.
After-Death Experience
Ascent Lights
"Do not enter the Temple just any time... so you would not die like Aaron's sons, Nadav and Avihu".

Nadav and Avihu's sin was that they wanted to get close to G‑d - to run to G‑d with no return, without remaining anchored to this world. Their death was not a punishment but rather a result of their running to the infinite without an anchor.
Silence Speaks
Mystic Story
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