[frum tsk-ing noise] R’ Abulafia was a tremendous godol, with incredibly deep Torah insight, and if his drashos seem to be talking about gashmiyus, chas ve-sholom, it’s only because he was simply on another madreiga in his avodos Hashem. Maybe we all be zokhe to have such havonoh.
אֵיכָה, כְּסִיל, תָּלִין עֲלֵי אָדָם אֲשֶׁר
חִבֵּק צְבִיַּת חֵן וְתָרִים קוֹלְךָ?
אֵיכָה? וְהִנֵּה אָמְרָה הַדָּת: בְּעֵת
תִּרְאֶה יְפַת תֹּאַר וְלָקַחְתָּ לְךָ!
‘Eikháh, kesíl, talín ʕaléi ‘adám ‘ashér
ḥibéik tzeviyát ḥein ve-tarím kolkhá?
‘Eikháh? Ve-hinéih ‘amráh ha-dát: be-ʕéit
tir’éh yefát tó’ar ve-lakaḥtá lekhá!
- Deuteronomy 21:10-11: “When you go to war against your enemies and the Lord your God delivers them into your hands and you take captives, if you see among the captives a shapely woman and desire her, you may take her (as your wife).” Todros leaves out that last bit. ↩