Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Page title
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Looking in the Eyes

The Zohar discusses another important attribute of the eyes. “The forehead, face, eyes, lips and palms all contain signs of one’s spiritual level. Someone who knows how to read them can tell everything about another person’s personality” (Zohar, Yisro 78a).

The Arizal was fluent in reading these signs. He could immediately recognize someone’s transgressions. For that reason many people were terrified to stand in front of him.

We should be particularly cognizant of this when standing before Hashem during tefillah. What a disgrace to stand before the King carrying a written testimony of one’s transgressions! Is there any way that we can erase these signs from at least part of our body?

The Arizal reveals that the secret of erasing this mysterious writing from one’s forehead lies in one’s eyes. He says that tears shed in the midst of even a single moment of sincere prayer should be wiped across one’s brow. These tears have the power to cleanse the offending marks and remove those badges of shame (Siddur Arizal as cited in the Elef LeMagen 582,46; Reishis Chochmah 9,7).

Text Copyright © 2014 by Rabbi Daniel Travis and



View Complete List

A Double Loss!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5767

Those Small Jars
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5758

In His Image
Shlomo Katz - 5775


Darkness and Light
Shlomo Katz - 5773

As Good As Bad
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5765

Performances and Customs
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Not Just Trappings
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

You've Earned It!
Shlomo Katz - 5763

Natural Miracles
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

> It Takes Two To Fight
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

Our Brother, Eisav
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

Diminishing Returns
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Our Power is Found
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

Yaakov Sent Malachim -- Literally
- 5769

The Strong and the Weak
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

Chanukah and Mechiras Yosef: The Hidden Connection
Shlomo Katz - 5764

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information