chapter 34

The Soul's Joy and Body's Tears

Another method for attaining joy is by considering the fact that since the destruction of the Temple, "The Holy One has no other sanctuary in this world than the four cubits of halachah. Thus, by engaging in the study of Torah at appointed times, one will be gladdened upon the realization that he merits to act as G-d's "host" in this world.

This joy, and other joys described in these chapters, in no way precludes a person from also feeling frustration over the limitations of his body and animal soul. As stated in the Zohar, "Weeping is lodged in one side of my heart and joy is lodged in the other."