Thursday, November 11, 2010
Exacting, but not limiting
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Page 35 – second line from the top of the page. After the parentheses.
The return to the Good, the one who is All Good is by means His essential delight that is in Torah.
Adam is representative of Torah and is in “His image”. This is a reflection of essence – an essential form.
Usually when something is put in a form it is as a means to an end. It is a format for the sake of presentation. But here “in His form” is an essential form.
This is by means of the measurements/medidah that torah presents. Usually a measurement relates to a quantitative measure. Here the measurement is according to torah.
How can we understand a measurement that is exacting, but not limiting? It's measured, but not limited?! It is not a limit that is superimposed on the ratzon, it is by His will. It is willful and voluntary.
A superimposed measurement limits the expression of essence. But a willful medidah/measure, is completely different. In the measure and the form is His will. So therefore it is not a limit or with holding, rather it is the expression of the essence.
The limits that are imposed on the world and that we feel in the influence from above, are not representing a limit in resources. We learned this at a farbrengen. Think of a child asking for another candy. If the father says, “it's not for now, you've had earlier, I'll keep it for you for later”, it doesn't represent any kind of with holding or limit in resource. It represents a deeper concern. It is a presentation of his love for his son.
The limit of torah is different. In the example above the limit was due to the capacity of the son. The limit of torah is not based on the limit of the world, but rather it is based on how He wants to express himself.
The limits of torah are limitless. For example the tephilin must be cubes – if you make it round you have nothing. 3 tzitzit is not ¾ of 4 tzitzit.
Sechel is only that which sechel can conceptualize.