Friday, August 20, 2010

Getting the essence

AyinBase with R' Paltiel 8/20/2010 Friday 10 Elul 5770 

Click on the herring (in tool bar on the right) to see text.

Page 37 – near the top of the page. Line starts “et ha teyvah...”

The souls of israel are able to receive the essence of torah. As a result of this revelation, there is simcha. A joy that pertains to all Israel. “To all of you and exclusively to all of you”.

At this point we circled back to the beginning of this section on page 27 (see sidebar on the right for text).

And here are Yehuda's notes on this section: 

Atzeres - to hold back. the moment of reflection & absorbtion

tzura - form that is an add-on to the etzm. Tzelem is a tzura atzmis. A tzura that is part and parcel of the etzm itself. the etzm is formulated in this form. the tzura is not an add-on to this etzm.

human being has many faculties. all these are means by which he can function and bring out what he stands for. even feelings (kindness, etc.) are not in themselves a presence in the human, but they are a result of his seichel (what he stands for).

Seichel is the human being. although this is a description, this is part and parcel of the etzm. this is what distinguishes the human being from everything else. he can be missing other faculties, but if a human doesn't have seichel, he is not showing his human qualities at all. We don't mean that he can figure things out. Rather this is what he knows purely on the basis of seichel. he walks into a simcha, he doesn't see the food and tables, he sees the essence of what the simcha is about. the tables and chairs are a result of the simcha. this is how the human being sees the world. why is there a world, b/c there is a meaning for what this is all about.

the principal behind tzura atzmis. table: you have the wood and the form of the table. how can there be a tzura atzmis? contrary to what appears to us (the table is a result of discomfort - and he came to a solution by formulating a table.) truth is opposite. table emanates from the human seichel. it reveals that which is essential in the person. if Torah weren't given we would learn tznius from a cat.

Why does a human being have to learn from a cat? 

After he learns from the cat, is the tzinus of a human equivalent to the cat?

Clearly it is not the same thing. what is the difference? the cat doesn't know the concept of tznius. he merely has this in his instinct. all good qualities that Hashem wanted to reveal in the world is in the animals. when a human learns from a cat, it has a seichel quality. he understands that this is the right thing. completely different perception.

Person knows tzinus within a much larger context. within the concept of kedusha, beauty, purity, etc. from concept of beauty, he couldn't conceptualize tzinus. we observe the cat with our seichel and we say that it makes sense - not that we are imitating the cat.

fact that seichel is able to interpret the world from a seichel-dik perspective is a miracle. seichel is a spiritual thing. the hislabshus in the goof is a miracle. there must be a trigger that makes him think along these lines.

Seichel is called ohr ha seichel. the practical seichel (put 2 and 2 together to get 4) this is seichel behami. there is also some seichel to this. 

the real seichel (ohr ha seichel) is the concept that is formed in the mind that is then applied to the practical thing. we understand difference between house and home. home is a seichel-dik concept. it took time for the concept of home to translate into a house. nowadays a house has supplanted a home. real question is what kind of home you have (is there peace in the home, etc.), not what kind of house do you have.

seichel takes a while to get translated on the level of the goof.

... וחיי עולם

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