question: where one's heart yearns

According to Avodah Zarah 19a: א"ר אין אדם לומד תורה אלא ממקום שלבו חפץ - Rav says "A person doesn't learn Torah except from a place that his heart desires."

This is a question to anyone who happens to happen upon it: What sefarim have you learned and felt a special connection to? What sefarim have you discovered that seem to be written just for you? [This can include passukim, songs, niggunim also, if you prefer, it's all part of the same Torah.]

For myself, they include,
  1. R' Avraham Azulai - Hesed L'Avraham
  2. R' Moshe Hayyim Luzzato - Da'ath Tevunot (today happens to be his Hillulah!)
  3. R' Yisrael Baal Shem Tov - Tzava'at Harivash
  4. The description of the Yeriot of the mishkan in Chumash.
  5. The (Carlebach) niggun AND passuk ופדויי יהוה ישובון, ובאו ציון ברינה
  6. [I'm sure I'm leaving out some vital sefarim that I won't remember until later.]
I drew a distinction between the sefarim I learn and those that I feel an extra special relationship with.

I think I also arbitrarily ruled out a lot of the Hassidut (Breslov, Chabad, Noam Elimelech, Meor Eynayim, Notzer Hesed, etc) that I learn, viewing that as part and parcel of the Baal Shem Tov.

I also left out some things that I feel everyone feels connected to, like Tehillim and Shir HaShirim, but feel free to mention them if you like.


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