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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

By Tzvi Fishman
1/4/2010, 12:00 AM

For the last several years, come this time of year, I try to invite friends to an uplifting night of "Shovavim" prayers designed to cleanse a person from the stains of sexual transgression. The people who come along always have a great time, but others reject the idea outright, saying, "That's Kabbalah," "That's Hasidut," or "Where is it written in the Shulchan Aruch?"

Others say they will consider it, but never call back. My question is, why are so many people afraid when it comes to facing up to their sexual errors? It is like finding a spring of water in a desert and offering a drink to a friend, who shakes his head and says, "Who says that it's water?”

I'm in perfect control of the situation

On billboards throughout Israel, posters announcing the commencement of "Shovavim" are beginning to appear in an assortment of bright, attractive colors. According to the Kabbalistic tradition, this six week period, paralleling the Torah's account of the Exodus from Egypt, is especially conducive to rectifying sexual transgressions, known as transgressions to the Brit (Arizal, Shar HaYichudim, 4:3). These transgressions include masturbation, pre-marital sex, sexual relations with non-Jews, violations of niddah laws, adultery, Internet pornography, and marital mishaps which bring about the spilling of semen in vain.

An in-depth article on Shovavim can be found on our jewishsexuality.com website.

The elder Kabbalist, Rabbi Leon Levi, shlita, will be leading the first all-night tikun of the Shovavim season this coming Thursday night, January 7, in the city of Holon, at the Challelei Tzahal Synagogue, 7 Savion Street, commencing at 11:00 pm. Bring a towel for pre-dawn mikvah, and tefillin for morning prayers. Women’s section open.