Shabbat Prayer-Shabbat HaGadol-Achieving Greatness-Yismichu
My master, the Baal Shem Tov, spoke of the concept of engaging in humor before serious study, as discussed in the Talmud (Shabbat 30b). It is written, “The living Angels ran and returned (Ezekiel 1:14).” In man, this alludes to Greatness and Smallness, expanded consciousness and constricted consciousness.
Through joy and humor man can make the transition from Smallness to Greatness. One can then study and attach himself to God. (Ben Porat Yosef 49b)