AyinBase with R' Paltiel 7/15/2010 ThursdayNight 4 Tammuz 5770
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We explained the principle of mitzvot – that they are the pillars that connect kesser with the world.
On the other hand torah is of the element of chochmah, and thus mitzvot are above torah, since they are from kesser.
In both torah and mitzvot the light comes from beyond the level of seder and hadragah (order and graduation) – this means this is the same ohr as it is in its source. The halachas are not based on worldly rationale, but on torah rationale. The words of torah are pure and remain above any impurity. The words of torah are like fire, that cannot be made impure.
Ye we say there is a difference. Torah comes in hislabshut and mitzvot not in hislabshut. To learn torah one has to understand – hislabshut. The main element of mitzvot is that you are doing what Hashem wants you to do.
Through torah learning we get chochmah ilah, but through a message. In mitzvot it is not through learning any specifics – in doing the mitzvah, the One who commanded is present. The ohr is not by hislabshut, but by doing the mitzvah.
We said a mitzvah is like a pillar connecting to beyond chochmah, and later we said it is chochmah ilah. Which is it? This relates back to the meaning of the word gilui – it means here that a mitzvah reveal what is contained, but to identify what is contained in kesser, that comes through chochmah.
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