Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The coin you lost
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Page 34 – about 10 lines from the top of the page. Line starts “hamitzvot gevohim...”
Taam means “the reason for...” but in in the word taam is the understanding that it can be based on sechel/intellect or on oneg/pleasure.
What does the taam add to the mitzvah? It can add that you're able to relate to the mitzvah on the level of sechel, but also that there is found the element of oneg/pleasure that is in the mitzvah – and oneg is the principle of truth – G-dliness in the mitzvah.
The oneg is revealed through chochmah. The oneg is brought down into chochmah. Chochmah is not the essence of oneg.
In sphirot, chochmah is the purist and highest, but still that is in the realm of revelation and so not at the level of the essence of the will that is in mizvot.
Mitzvot represent the G-dly presence in the world and that we are acting in the presence of this makif. The context of the mitzvah is not world, but the makif Eloki. It is of etzem haratzon and not behamshacha. In torah, too there is oneg, but not of the level that is in mitzvot.
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... וחיי עולם