Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Not a response to a need

AyinBase with R' Paltiel 7/12/2010 Monday 1 Menachem Av 5770

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Page 33 – Below the mid point of the page. Line starts “hamshacha ve hachizuk...”

We tend to see torah, not as it is, but how we relate to everything else in the world – as a response to a need.

In fact, the whole world is a representation of torah. The initial thought of making a world is rooted in torah. Torah is an inyan atzmi.

Adam was at first both male and female – there was perfect unity and he lacked nothing. Hashem said, this is not a good thing, so “I will make a helper and an opponent for him, and that's going to be good” - how's that good? And why is a situation of no problem, not good? This is because the full realization of humanity was not in the unity of Adam, but the unity that comes later. Humans are to bring the G-dly presence into the world – his presence in the world represents that truth and that is accomplished by the split and union of a helper and opponent.

The whole matter of shalom bayit is not an afterthought – it is part of the intended creation.

He didn't have to make the wold – the directives of torah is not to rectify shortcomings in the world, but the way the truth is present in the world.

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... וחיי עולם

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