Pitka Tava – גוטן קוויטל – A special study
The days of Sukkot are happy because the Light of Chassadim spreads in the world. It comes to us through the Sukkah and the Lulav connections. At the same time, we are waiting for the final seal on our ‘verdict’ made on Yom Kippur. We are still under the judgment process that started on Rosh Hashanah.
Every day of Sukkot we repeat the word Hoshana, ‘הושענא,’ that means ‘הושע נא’ “please redeem.” We use the positive light of Sukkot to ask for forgiveness and redemption from our sins so we can start a new, positive, and successful year.
On Rosh Hashanah, the ‘King’ sits on his throne and judge the world. We should repent of our sins and iniquities because notes are written and stored in a particular folder on that day. If a person makes repentance, then these notes are torn and disposed of.
After that, the Holy One Blessed be He, bring Yom Kippur for us. If a person repents of his sins, then he is sealed with a positive seal. If not, then the negative notes are filled for lack of repentance.
If the repentance is not complete, then the final judgment is sealed on Hoshana Rabbah, the last day of Sukkot. If one completes his repentance, they tear the notes, and if not, the notes are given to the angel who executes the judgment, which is an irreversible process. Because there is still an opportunity to make corrections before Hoshana Raba, it is still okay to bless others with G’mar Chatima Tova and give Kaparot money to Tzedaka.
Then because they give the notes to the executioner, the ‘Tzelem’ (spiritual image of the person) would reflect the judgments inflicted on that person. ‘Reading’ the Tzelem would show what kind of judgments that person will go through in the following year.
A true and pure Kabbalist, under the light of the moon, can see the Tzelem of a person on the night of Hoshana Rabba. He would suggest taking a commitment/vow to study, keep Mitzvot, and give Tzedakah to sweeten the judgments. After the morning prayers, we use five willow branches to sweeten five final judgments represented by the five final letters םןץףך (five Gevurot). We beat the branches to the ground (bare/natural, not paved), letting the leaves break apart from the stem. After the final seal is used, nothing can be changed.
I don’t think that we can find a kabbalist of such levels outside Israel. I suggest avoiding ‘charlatans’ that may try to impress you with such ability.
We have a few days until the final seal, and we would like to start the year on a positive ‘note.’ We should connect to the Sukkah as often as possible. Eat, sit, and make food blessings on it. Make a blessing on the Lulav (Find a local synagogue or check on Chabad.org on a Chabad house near your area). Commit to improving your following of the presets. Make a vow to give tithe and Tzedakah every month (shared among those who benefit you spiritually and or to sustain life (food, money, spiritual support) of poor children, families). Promise to allocate daily or weekly time for Zohar studies.
All of these ‘commitments’ would benefit you by tearing many negative notes and allow blessings to come to your life. Keeping the same behaviors as previous years would bring more of the same.
The world is going mad, and the negative side expresses itself with chaos all over the world. Nature disasters and expressions of great evils are part of our daily news. We should stay away from the chaos on earth by climbing spiritual high.
Committing to do good would tear a lot of negative ‘notes.’
During the days of Sukkot, we don’t miss any opportunity to share and give a lot of Tzedakah, especially for those who have a hard time giving. When it is hard for one to share, it’s as hard for the Light to give back. We use the tools of this holiday to draw the most light of Chassadim (Mercy) and commit to doing good during the coming year.
Here are a few suggestions for you to promise/ commit. Find your own but consider that they should be related to Mitzvot/Precepts and Zohar study. To reveal more light in our lives, we need to do Mitzvot and study Zohar.
Commit to light candles every Friday and give few coins to Tzedakah before lighting the candles (put in jar/box and give away when full).
Married women commit to doing mikveh more often than you do. Bake Challah for Shabbat (follow the correct spiritual process to draw blessings to the home)
Encourage your husband to do study, pray, share.
Commit to pray and put tefillin every day.
Read Psalms every day or allocate the time for it.
Read and study Zohar for at least 18 minutes a day. With the free Unity Zohar app on your smartphone, it would be an easy task to do.
Give the money value of one hour of your work as Tzedakah every week and complete tithe every month.
Share your God-given talent with others.
You can always do more than what you do now.
From Yom Kippur until Hoshana Rabba, we bless each other with ‘Pitka Tava,’ meaning ‘Good note.’ In Yiddish, it’s ‘Gutten Kvitel’ ‘גוטן קוויטל.’
With the blessing of Pitka Tava to all,